Ziad Fahmy, Lucie Ryzova, Heba Farid, and Michelle Moyd
Decolonize the Lens is a series of discursive events that brought together photographic experts and international scholars to reflect on rethinking the dominant narratives in the history of photography. Over the course of four webinar talks, guest speakers have looked at Egyptian and Northeast African visual cultures in both historical and contemporary settings. Decolonize the Lens brought into focus issues of politics and how photography has empowered the citizen/subject to bring about a richer understanding of difference.
The series considers how typically Western approaches to visual history can be de-centered by histories of other senses, such as aural/sound histories. What emerges from our history if we listen to the past instead of looking at it through an allegedly objective photographic lens?
Decolonize the Lens is a joint research project between faculty in Journalism and Mass Communication, the History departments and the Photographic Gallery.
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