BPB12 Symposium: Photography’s Contested Spaces

Featuring Charlotte Cotton, Jorge Ribalta, Broomberg & Chanarin & more

A one day symposium exploring the political challenges and possibilities faced by photography today. Focusing on the effects of the financial meltdown and the changes digitisation has made to culture, the event considers four related aspects of photography as sites and tools for political contestation: images, participation, institutions and curation. Topics to be addressed include the online flow of activist imagery; occupation and the image; citizen photography; participatory practices; cuts to public arts funding; the museum as a political site; and the politics of digital curation.

Participants: Jorge Ribalta (Independent Curator), Charlotte Cotton (Independent Curator), Liam Devlin (University of Wales Newport), Jon Pratty (Arts Council England), Ben Burbridge (Brighton Photo Biennial Co-Curator), Sarah James (UCL), Melanie Friend (artist), Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (artists), Sally-Jane Norman (Director, Attenborough Centre), Stephanie Schwartz (UCL), Anthony Luvera (artist), Pauline Hadaway (Belfast Exposed), Sara Knelman (Courtauld Institute of Art), Annebella Pollen (University of Brighton), Brigitte Lardinois (LCC), and Paolo Magagnoli (UCL).

A BPB12 collaboration with University of Sussex, The Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, National Media Museum and Ph Group.


Download Contested Spaces Programme PDF


Where & When

The Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Pevensey III

University of Sussex

10am - 5.30pm