Dialogues on Conflict - Conflict through the Eye of the Lens

Date posted: June 9, 2014

Holy Bible by Broomberg & Chanarin, MACK/AMC, 2013.

Holy Bible by Broomberg & Chanarin, MACK/AMC, 2013.

MOSTYN, Llandudno

Saturday, 19th July 2014, 1pm – 5.30pm

Speakers: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Dr Jennifer Good, Dr Aaron Rosen and Sara Bevan

Introduction by Alfredo Cramerotti  and Chaired by Mark Durden

Conflict through the Eye of Lens: What is the relationship between photography & War? How do photographers and artists represent and interpret conflict? How does the mass media use and distribute these images? This seminar will bring together artists, academics, theorists and theologians to explore and discuss the frictions and tensions surrounding authorship, representation and the sacred.

‘Conflict through the Eye of the Lens’ is the second seminar in the dialogue series which focuses on a range of themes from the art practice of some of the Artes Mundi 6 shortlisted artists. Each seminar will bring together a range of speakers, academics, theorists and professionals to touch on and open up discussions.

This seminar accompanies Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s exhibition and commissioned artwork ‘Divine Violence’ at MOSTYN, coproduced with Artes Mundi.


Mark Durden is a writer, artist and academic. He has written extensively on photography and contemporary art. His books include ‘Dorothea Lange’ (2001, 2012), ‘Variable Capital’ (with David Campbell) (2007) and most recently a comprehensive survey of ’50 years of photography, Photography Today’ (2014).  He is part of the artists’ group ‘Common Culture’ and currently Professor of Photography at the University of South Wales, UK.


 Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin: Photographers Broomberg and Chanarin interrogate the documentary and ethnographic traditions of photography. In 2013 they were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for ‘War Primer 2’, and most recently they were awarded the ICP Infinity Award 2014 for their publication ‘Holy Bible’.

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Dr Jennifer Good: Senior Lecturer in History & Theory of Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. Good’s research interests include Photography & conflict; history & memory; trauma theory & psychoanalysis and media representation of the War on Terror.  Forthcoming books include ‘Photography and September 11: Spectacle, Memory, Trauma’, (Bloomsbury) and ‘Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual culture and mediated memory, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

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Dr Aaron Rosen:  Lecturer in Sacred Traditions and the Arts at King’s College London.  Rosen is interested in the interdisciplinary topics relating to religion, modern culture, holocaust memory and the arts. His first book was entitled ‘Imagining Jewish Art (Legenda, 2009).  His next book, ‘Religion and Art since 2000, is forthcoming (Thames and Hudson, 2005).  He is also the editor of the forthcoming volume ‘Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan’ (Ashgate, 2015)

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Sara Bevan: Curator (Contemporary), Art section, Department of Collections, IWM (Imperial War Museums).  Curated exhibitions include Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at IWM North in Manchester, an exhibition of the museum’s contemporary art collection from the Gulf War onwards. Other projects include the launch of the IWM Contemporary programme with Omer Fast’s film ‘5000 Feet is the Best’, 2013, an exhibition of works by Ori Gersht at IWM London in 2012, and ‘Loss’ at the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, 2012. Her main research interest is the subject of contemporary art and conflict, with a particular focus on photography and time-based media. She is currently working on a publication about IWM’s contemporary art collection to be published next year.

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Future Dialogues

Urban Space: Exposing the Politics of Social Control’, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

Dialogues on Conflict series is funded by Arts Council Wales, Audience development grant in partnership with University of Wales, Trinity St David Swansea Campus, Oriel Davies Gallery, MOSTYN.

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