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Semester 1

Latin American 'Photographies' (HIAR10203)


History of Art





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above; we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that History of Art courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any History of Art course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History of Art department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

The course offers a thematic overview of photographic practices from Latin America (including Central America and the Caribbean), exploring the work of established photographers, alongside lesser-known practitioners and overlooked figures, as well as artists working with photography, and inter-media approaches.

Course Description

Though seminar topics may vary from year to year, class discussion will be structured around themes such as: Metropolitan Vernaculars and Modernist Vision; Social Documentary and 'FotografĂ­a Comprometida'; The Political Body: Feminist and Queer Identities; Colonial Aftermaths: Indigenous, Black and Mestizo Identities; Colour. The course seeks to problematise notions of Latin America as a homogenous cultural entity by introducing a multitude of national, regional and transnational or diasporic perspectives. One might ask, for instance, how Central America and the Caribbean fit into this discussion, and why their histories of photography have been left outside of a still-developing canon - Photography has a rich and textured history in Latin America, yet the most prominent work is often political, social and documentary in character. While recognizing the importance of these issues and approaches, the course aims nonetheless to open up new avenues for inquiry, exploring less visible discourses and categories.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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