“Documenting Apartheid,” lecture by Global Distinguished Professor Okwui Enwezor

25 Feb




Global Distinguished Professor Okwui Enwezor gave a dense, fascinating and standing- room only lecture called “Documenting Apartheid: Photography, Evidence and Activism in South Africa” in the Department of Art History’s Room 300 on February 21st. The lecture focused on a major exhibition, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, that Enwezor organized at the International Center of Photography in New York in the fall of 2012. An expanded version of the show opened in February at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, where Enwezor currently serves as Director. Showing video clips, images from publications and archives as well as excerpts from the comprehensive exhibition catalog, Professor Enwezor explored not only the history of apartheid but also the complex and evolving efforts of photographers to visualize and communicate the struggles of the South African people.


Enwezor’s lecture is the first of the semester in the Department of Art History’s annual lecture series, which is generously supported by the FAS Dean for the Humanities. In the context of his association with the Department of Art History this year, Enwezor is co-teaching with Professor Shelley Rice a seminar on Global Issues in Contemporary Photography, which has enrolled students from across the University, including FAS/CAS, Tisch, and Steinhardt.


Read more about Okwui Enwezor here.






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