Through the work of artist photographers Tara Bogart, Elizabeth M. Claffey, Joy Christiansen Erb, Letitia Huckaby, Priya Kambli and Rachelle Mozman, Kinship examines the influence of family life on personal and cultural identity. Each artist delves into the complex nature of family structures to express how it shapes internal dialogue and personal narrative. Through various avenues of investigation such as family lore and heritage, this exhibition addresses what it means to embody familial identity, while experiencing otherness within a public and private context. Within a patriarchal system, knowledge and inquiry are considered currency of the public sphere. Kinship aims to challenge this assumption by exploring the deep knowledge base developed through living in and observing domestic space, caring for others, and nourishing family. Mainstream media representations of home can reinforce normative scripts that fail to express the conflicts and rewards of family life. Through the efforts of these six artists, the viewer might consider the value of womanhood and the multifaceted roles that women play within the domestic sphere.
Ariella Azoulay is a Professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. Azoulay studies revolutions from the 18th century onward and investigates how historical knowledge is portrayed through photographs, sketches, cinema, and other visual media. The Israeli political regime has been a primary focus of her work.
An expert in visual culture and photography, Ariella Azoulay focuses her research on how history is told through visual mediums — photographs, film, drawings, and other visual elements — and how these provide a level of detail and context not provided solely by the written word. She comes to Brown from a rich career of teaching, writing, and curating in Tel Aviv.
She is Curator of the archive "Act of State 1967-2007" ( Centre Pompidou, 2016), Enough! The Natural Violence of the New World Order (F/Stop festival, Leipzig, 2016), "The Natural History of Rape," Pembroke Hall, Brown University, “The Body Politic” [in Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW], Reina Sofia, Madrid; When The Body Politic Ceases To Be An Idea, Exhibition Room - Manifesta Journal Around Curatorial Practices No 16 (folded format in Hebrew, MOBY, 2013), Potential History (2012, Stuk / Artefact, Louven), Untaken Photographs (2010, Igor Zabel Award, The Moderna galerija, Lubliana; Zochrot, Tel Aviv), Architecture of Destruction (Zochrot, Tel Aviv), and Everything Could Be Seen (Um El Fahem Gallery of Art). Azoulay is a director of documentary films, including Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47-48 (2012), I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Conversations with Azmi Bishara (2004), The Food Chain (2004).
This lecture cosponsored by the Indiana University Center for Documentary Research and Practice and the Borns Jewish Studies Program.
To learn more about Azoulay's work, visit her website at http://cargocollective.com/AriellaAzoulay.