Katedra fotografie FAMU

OE16: Megan Luke – Petrified Vision, Animate Wood

Wed. November 30th, 7PM
FAMU, Smetanovo náb. 2
Room U1, 1. floor.
Přednáška je v angličtině.

The short film by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, Les statues meurent aussi (Statues also die, 1950–53), was banned immediately upon its debut at Cannes for its incendiary critique of colonial exploitation, and it was not until 1968 that it was first screened publicly in Paris as a complete, uncensored print. This lecture will focus on how Marker and Resnais visualized African artifacts on film and staged arguments about their display in institutions such as the Musée de l’Homme and the British Museum. It will situate their work within a longer history of photographic reproduction that brought African art into the discursive spaces of modern art, and it will contrast their manipulation of specific visual conventions integral to the development of modernist sculptural theory and artistic primitivism to their use of found footage from newsreels and ethnographic films. 

Megan R. Luke is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Kurt Schwitters: Space, Image, Exile (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert Motherwell Book Award. With Sarah Hamill (Oberlin College), she is the co-editor of Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction (forthcoming, Getty Publications, 2017) and the recipient of a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is currently preparing a new book, The Sculptural Surrogate: Reproduction and the Ritual Object, which considers the role of reproductive technologies and materials in the development of modern theories of sculptural perception and history.


OpenEye16 is a series of guest lectures by theorists, artists and lecturers addressing the themes of contemporary arts and new technologies. The lectures are open to students of FAMU and other art academies, universities and the general public. They are held in English or simultaneously translated.

FAMU, Smetanovo náb. 2, Prague 1
Room U1, 1st floor (unless mentioned otherwise).
OpenEye series is organized by FAMU — Dpt. of Photography in cooperation with Center for audiovisual studies.

Posted on: 27. 11. 2016, Export Data