UCL Anthropology


Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History

3 December 2015

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture

Prof Christopher Pinney is to present at the Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Anthropology and Art History, on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 5.30pm, in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Performance and De-synchronization: Opening the Past in Contemporary Indian Photography

'…in South Asia, though the future may not always look open, the past rarely looks closed'

Ashis Nandy, 

Nandy's observation about the productivity of the past provides a frame to position several contemporary photographic practitioners who have performed representations through diverse idioms which have recently been termed "postdating". Approaching work by Pushpamala N, Waswo X. Waswo, Olivier Culmann, Gauri Gill, Suresh Punjabi, Naresh Bhatia and Cop Shiva this talk explores deliberately belated copies and strategies of de-synchronization which split open the past, exploring an "evasive" doubled time, in order to complicate the future.

Christopher Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. He is the author of Photography and Anthropology (Reaktion, 2011) and (together with the photographer Suresh Punjabi) Artisan Camera: Studio Photography from Central India (Tara Books 2013). He was awarded a Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.

The lecture is sponsored by the F M Kirby Foundation, and organised by Prof Katie Scott.

Open to all, free admission.