Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015
Landscapes of Conflict: Photography, Society and Contested Space
Paul Seawright is acclaimed internationally for his photographic depictions of the contested, peripheral and marginal spaces of political and social conflict. Beginning with his own work on the conflict in Northern Ireland Paul Seawright will discuss how he and other artists have extended the possibilities of photographing conflict in an era corrupted by mainstream media representations. His photographs of the theatre of war as played out in the internal landscape of the US newsroom reveal the media itself as the creator of illusion and entertainment.
His lecture will also explore the interconnecting threads that run through much of his work – from investigatons of the minefields and battlesites of the Afghanistan war to his more recent work about subtle and invisible sites of conflict found in prosaic urban environments – such as the listed dwellings of sex offenders and the invisible sites of military recruitment across the USA.
Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the Ulster University. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in more than 20 countries. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs on his multiple award winning photographic projects.
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Wednesday 9 September 2015
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Entrance E, Tasman Street