8th Triennale of Photography Hamburg: Symposium “Lucid Knowledge”

A discursive forerunner to the exhibitions of the 8th Triennale of Photography Hamburg 2022, the symposium “Lucid Knowledge” will be accessible for all via a live stream. Artists, critics, curators, poets, and scholars engage with three key themes: Fields of Perception, Narrative Currents, and Image as Currency. 30 September – 2 October 2021: A discursive forerunner to the exhibitions of the 8th Triennale of Photography Hamburg 2022, the symposium “Lucid Knowledge” will be accessible for all via a live stream. Artists, critics, curators, poets, and scholars engage with three key themes: Fields of Perception, Narrative Currents, and Image as Currency.

Curatorial team © Left to right: Rasha Salti, photo: Christoph Terhechte. Cale Garrido, photo: Paula Markert. Oluremi C. Onabanjo, photo: Sean D. Henry Smith. Koyo Kouoh, photo: Antoine Tempé. Gabriella Beckhurst Feijoo, photo: Alexandra Polina

Cover photo: Portrait Koyo Kouoh © Antoine Tempé

Thursday, 30 September: Fields of Perception
Since the early twentieth century, thinkers have attributed prosthetic qualities to the medium of photography for how it shapes perception and structures experience. Traversing a range of practices and insights, Fields of Perception engages questions of photographic impetus, the social uses of photography, and the ethics of spectatorship. Featuring an introduction by Koyo Kouoh, keynote lecture by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay with respondent Natalia Brizuela, and a conversation between Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Akinbode Akinbiyi.

Friday, 1 October: Narrative Currents
While images both support and carry interpretative leaps, they also provide glimmering propositions of their own that act as guiding forces into archives and other knowledge repositories. Day two’s proceedings are dedicated to the discursive, literary, and critical imaginaries through which photography flows. Robin Coste Lewis gives the second keynote lecture, followed by a conversation between Maaza Mengiste and Biljana Ciric with respondent Tala Hadid. The Errant Photo Album will be interspersed throughout the day, closing with a performance lecture by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Aida Save Me).

Saturday, 2 October: Image as Currency
Currency most immediately evokes the instrumentation of value through trade flows, canon- making, and systemization. Critically repurposed in this setting, the term explores the ongoing and unfinished exchanges that take place around acts of noticing and listening to images. Featuring conversations with Tina Campt and Saidiya Hartman, Elias Sanbar and Léopold Lambert, Françoise Vergès and Frieda Ekotto, with respondents Antawan I. Byrd, Ariel Goldberg, and Rasha Salti. Contributors to the Errant Photo Album reflect on visual production, circulation, and consumption through the lenses of art and film, as well as literary and cultural theorizations guided by feminist, queer, trans, ecological, decolonial, and Indigenous epistemologies.

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