September 17, 2006 - Tate Modern - GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY NOW
September 17, 2006


Lida Abdul
White House, Kabul 2005
© Courtesy of the artist and Giorgio Persano Gallery

A series of talks and discussions at Tate Modern
focusing on contemporary art practice from around the world

22 September, 29 September, 27 October,
3 November, 10 November, 18 November,
1 December, 8 December, 9 December

Tate Modern
Bankside, London SE1 4TG
Tel: 020 7887 8888 or

All events take place 14.00-17.00
in the Starr Auditorium.

Book 5 or all 9 talks and get a discount.
All events will be webcast live and archived at


Global Photography Now at Tate Modern
Global Photography Now is a series of talks and discussions, featuring leading international artists and curators, focusing on some of the most exciting contemporary photographic practice from around the world. From the Middle East to Latin America, from Africa to East Asia, the talks address a wide variety of significant themes and concerns emerging in the latest photography, and assess the impact of, for example, historic images and the media on the direction current practice takes. Central to the discussions will be an analysis of the social and political environments artists work within and how this may be reflected in their work.

Global Photography Now: The Middle East
Friday 22 September 2006

Internationally acclaimed artists Lida Abdul, Mitra Tabrizian, Rula Halawani and Fouad Elkoury consider some of the debates associated with regional and dogmatic representations of the Middle East in a session chaired by Jack Persekian, artistic director, curator of the Sharjah Biennial, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem.

Global Photography Now: Post-Soviet States
Friday 29 September 2006

In 1991 the USSR disintegrated and the Iron Curtain dropped to unveil progressive, multi-ethnic nations in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus region, which were striving for democracy and individual identity. Since then, new models of cultural identity have replaced the monuments and doctrine of the Soviet and Communist ideology. Leading international artists Zeigam Azizov, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Dmitry Gutov and Koka Ramishvili discuss photography in relation to the quest for cultural identity in the post-Soviet environment in a session chaired by Viktor Misiano.

Global Photography Now: The Indian Subcontinent
Friday 27 October 2006

Shezad Dawood, Hasan Elahi, Ram Rahman and the Raqs Media Collective discuss the impact of speed, technology, mass media and economic power on their photographic practice, and the reality of residing within one of the worlds fastest expanding economies.

Global Photography Now: The Balkans
Friday 3 November 2006

Photographic images emerging from the Balkan states are frequently fraught with complexities resulting from by region’s turbulent history, geographical positioning and the fusion of ideological systems inherited from the Communist, Ottoman and Byzantine pasts. Aydan Murtezaoglu, Tanja Dabo, Alexandra Croitora and Aurora Dediu, discuss the various incongruities associated with the Balkans in a panel chaired by theorist and curator Suzana Milevska.

Global Photography Now: Latin America
Friday 10 November 2006

This session brings together exciting young artists from Latin America, including the Brazilian Rosangela Renno; the Columbian Oscar Muñoz; Melanie Smith, a British artist working in Mexico; and Laura Gonzalez from the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Mexico City and author of a recent book on photography and painting.

Global Photography Now: East Asia
Saturday 18 November 2006

East Asian artists have become a regular fixture on the international art circuit as more and more major festivals were also set up in the region. At this disucssion Qiu Zhijie (Shanghai), Yeondoo Jung (Seoul), Yao Jui-Chong (Taipei) and Japanese curator Masafumi Fukagawa (Kawasaki Museum of Art) give their personal perspectives on one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of contemporary art.

Global Photography Now: Asia Pacific
Friday 8 December 2006

This seminar focuses on three practitioners whose photographic work is informed by an astute sense of both the historical past and present. Isobel Crombie joins artists Anne Ferran (Australia), Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and Yee I-Lann (Malaysia) who, in different ways, all create photographs in which time is a fluid and even non-linear dimension, allowing them to meld an astute sense of colonial histories with contemporary personal and social realities.

Visit Tate Online for details of the forthcoming events:
Global Photography Now: North Africa
Friday 1 December 2006
Global Photography Now: West Africa
Saturday 9 December 2006

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