Photography: Its Future’s Past and Present

Quentin Bajac in conversation with Gil Pasternak
Friday, May 23, 2014
Villa Medici, Rome

Quentin Bajac, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), will be in conversation with Dr. Gil Pasternak, photographic historian in the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University (United Kingdom). Bajac and Pasternak will explore how emerging untraditional curatorial approaches to photographic practices in dominant art museums may transform the way in which photography is practiced in the future, in the art world as well as in the broader social domain.

How the museological and social histories of photography have re/defined its perceived sociocultural role and meaning? Are we now prepared to consider fine art photographic practice as equal in its sociocultural significance to any other photographic practice that exists on the photographic horizon? Given the recent incorporation of photographs of any type into the realm of fine art, is it the fate of all photographs to merge into one homogenous category of practice, chronological but ahistorical?

Those are some of the questions that Quentin Bajac and Gil Pasternak’s conversation will revolve around, with a view to imagining what may be the future of past and current photographic applications.


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