I am also very much looking forward to introducing these speakers for the third series of RPS lectures. They will be looking at how photography is made, used, understood, and exhibited from multiple perspectives. There will different perspectives on exhibiting, curating, publishing, on how regional histories, collaboration, the curriculum, and science feed into and from our understanding of images, how that has and can be used for both good means and bad - and how we can try to address the injustices of the past through a change in understanding what the community of knowledge is and can be.
The third, of a three-part series, led by Colin Pantall, consists of eight lectures, each with an experienced and knowledgeable speaker. Sign up for the series or each individually (live shortly).
In 2014, Laura El-Tantawy published In the Shadow of the Pyramids. Predominantly photographed during the uprising in Egypt during the 2011 Arab Spring, it was a protest book that combined images of the demonstrations with a personal passage of grief and self-discovery. In the years following the revolution, the optimism and hope has disappeared as Egypt has entered an even more repressive period of its history. In this talk, Laura will question her original personal take on the period, examining how the image can connect to broader visual, historical and political narratives.