In 2017, Gabrielle joined the International Center of Photography as the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Culture. There she curated two groundbreaking events, making new spaces for dialogue around what’s at stake at the intersection of community and visual culture.
“Community” is a potent, yet overused word, meaning dramatically different things to different people. Similarly, it can be hard to see the extent to which visual culture—the media, images, art, and memes around us—is the way we know our “communities,” and how that visual work might play a creative and productive role in social change.
“Working with People” and “What’s at Stake?” brought participants together two times in different contexts to engage deeply with each others practices and perspectives. The events focused on the intersection of visual culture and the complex and contradictory notions of community. These conversations with artists, community organizers, cultural organizations, public agencies, and the general public explored how visual culture plays a role in defining community, helping community members to understand themselves and define or redefine who is included or excluded from “community.” In lively and wide-ranging conversations, these days posed probing questions about the role of visual cultural prace in the everyday life of communities.
Working with People: Visual Culture & Social Justice, a day of dialogue, examination of visual culture, and discussion of how we use photographs to help us better understand the nature of community. At the ICP Museum, June 12, 2017, curated by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani.
What’s at Stake: Community & Visual Culture, a public symposium turning the form on its head, engaging dialogue, participation and a deep reckoning of what’s at stake. At the New School, October 6, 2017, curated by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani.
Speakers, facilitators, and participating organizations included: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Ruth Sergel, Stephanie Dinkins, Chinatown Art Brigade, The Point, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Kemi Ilesanmi, the Laundromat Project, Emily Raboteau, Laura Y. Liu, Erin Barnett, Kristen Lubben, Danielle Jackson, Quito Ziegler, Bayeté Ross Smith, Amin Husain, Nitasha Dhillon, Adam Melaney, Shana Agid, and Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani.
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Gabrielle (principal of Buscada) is co-founder of Urban Encounters, a project on the dialogue and practice of visual urbanism. The Urban Encounters conference is now in its 3rd year. This year’s event takes place May 29, 2010 at Tate Britain.
Buscada collaborates with Urban Encounters to curate, participate, organize and publicize the event through multiple media.
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Urban Encounters: Routes and Transitions
29 May, 2010, 10am – 7pm (with reception)
Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions) Please visit Tate Ticketing.
Download the Routes and Transitions poster
Urban Encounters: Routes and Transitions explores the dialogue and practice of visual urbanism to bring together international researchers, academics, photographers and artists concerned with the transitional nature of contemporary urban space. It will be of particular relevance to those engaged with urban image-making, analysis and research. This third annual conference will address how photographic practices and archives intersect with an understanding of local and global routes as “places”, considering the temporality of place and the cross-cultural juxtaposition of locales.
This conference approaches the city as a palimpsest of routes and its panels will consider local, global and remembered routes through film, photography and other visual urbanisms. Considering the cultural geographies of migration, change, place, identity and the process of making transitions, the conference will facilitate an on-going interdisciplinary dialogue about the growing field of urban visual practice, method and enquiry.
This symposium is the center of the Urban Encounters Festival, which takes place in several UK-based and international locations this spring, including the London-based galleries Photofusion and Viewfinder, and at the events Urban Encounters: City to Sea at Bognor Regis, UK and Urban Encounters at the Festival of the Image, Manizales, Colombia.
Yazan Khalili, Goldsmiths, University of London
Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths, University of London
Kuldip Powar, independent filmmaker
Suki Ali, London School of Economics
Manuel Vazquez, Independent photographer
Michael McMillan, independent curator
Joseph Heathcott, The New School
Lasse Johansson, Fugitive Images
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