Talk: Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self

25 July 2018

Talks

Open: 25th July 2018 at Tate Modern 19.00-20.00

Curator Charlotte Cotton discusses her latest book exploring the reconfiguration of social conventions that define our public and private selves.

Cotton has held curatorial positions at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She is the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004).

Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self is a collection of thirty essays, interviews, and reflections assessing how our image-making and consumption patterns are embedded in online behaviour and social codes, which in turn give images a life of their own. Within this context, our visual creations and online activities blur and remove conventional delineations between public and private expression.

The visual creations and online activities multiply and expand the number of potential selves in the contemporary image-centric world. The writings address the various disruptions, resistances, and subversions that artists propose to the limited versions of race, gender, sexuality, and autonomy that populate mainstream popular culture. The work of the artists in Public, Private, Secret anticipate a future for our image-world rich with diversity and alterity, a world that can be shaped and influenced by the agency of self-representation.

Address:
Tate Modern,
Bankside,
London,
SE1 9TG

Price: £5. Entry cost is redeemable against a copy of Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self when ticket is presented at the sales desk.

To book click here.

Picture copyright: Natalie Bookchin, My Meds, from the Testament series, 2009; from Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self (Aperture/International Center of Photography, 2018)