Monumental Photography: Investigating Representations of Colonialism and Nationalism

On Friday, 5 July 2024, VII Insider, in partnership with PhotoWings, organized a hybrid (in-person and online) event at The VII Foundation’s Alexandra Boulat Campus in Arles, France.
Here you can watch the recording of this special event.

Using The VII Foundation exhibition, MONUMENTAL: The Dome of the Rock by Ziyah Gafić and Notre-Dame de Paris by Tomas van Houtryve, as a launch pad, this discussion features presentations on photography’s history and politics of representation in France and Israel/Palestine.

Taking a step back from these places in the present, this panel explores how particular understandings of faith, identity, colonialism, and nationalism have been enabled by visual symbols.

Dr. David Campbell,
Education Director, The VII Foundation

Professor Jonathan Long
Co-director, Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, Durham University

Dr. Sary Zananiri
Cultural practitioner and theorist

Ziyah Gafic
Contributing photographer, The VII Foundation

Tomas van Houtryve
Contributing photographer, The VII Foundation

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