Next Topic - Artist Talk Series: Photography & Materiality

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

Digital technology has forever changed how we view photography, as a process, and photographs, as the result of that activity. In fact, we may question whether the term “photography” has become obsolete. But what term will replace it? In what category does photography belong?

This panel will discuss the exhibition Photography & Materiality, an overview of contemporary investigations by emerging artists who create “photography about photography”. How do these artists negotiate dominant photographic codes, which influence framing and rendering of the subject, using them as strategies to prompt viewer awareness? How can a photographic image prompt empathy in the viewer, without necessarily revealing details corresponding to a literal subject, without extensive visual explanation? Why do we expect photographs to present a “direct transcription of the real” to quote John Tagg? Why do these artists choose to release the subject before the camera, in a sense, rather than pin it down for examination, echoing Lyle Rexer’s concept of the “withdrawal of the subject”? How do these artists invite participation, of the spectator, of other image-makers, of their subject?



Mona Kasra is a media artist, educator, and a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Technology with a focus in Emerging Media & Communications. Her research is centered around the impact, power, and politics of the digital mage in the networked era. She is especially interested in ways by which digital images, coupled with social media technologies, reconstruct the extent of public awareness and action against unjust sociopolitical affairs around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Video Association of Dallas and has programmed, curated, and juried for several film festivals. Mona holds an M.F.A. in Video/Digital Art and has exhibited in numerous exhibitions both in gallery and online settings. She has also presented at several conferences including SXSW Interactive and SPE National Conference (The Society for Photographic Education), and in 2011, served as the Art Gallery Chair at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) in Vancouver, Canada.


Much of Emily Loving’s work has been influenced by the power photographic images have on us, the viewer. She deletes, cuts, marks and alters to challenge photography’s static and temporal qualities. Each image is a construction formation from fragments or portions of images, which she refers to as “marks of interruptions.”

The Dallas-based artist is currently teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas and Richland College. She also works as a freelance lifestyle and food photographer.


Danielle Avram Morgan is an independent curator based in Dallas, TX. She was previously Manager of the Power Station in Dallas, TX and Curatorial Assistant for Photography and Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. Danielle has participated as a portfolio reviewer for Photolucida (Portland, OR), Critical Mass (Portland, OR), Slideluck Potshow (Dallas, TX) and Atlanta Celebrates Photography (Atlanta, GA). She holds an MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.


Marilyn Waligore is Professor of Aesthetic Studies / Photography at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she has directed the photography program since 1989. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Painting and Photography at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Waligore received an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in Art and in English from the University of California-Berkeley.

Her articles on photography have appeared in Leonardo and Photography Quarterly, and she has curated numerous group exhibitions. Her photographs and online media projects have been exhibited widely, including the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, the Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, California, the New York Digital Salon, School of Visual Arts, NYC, Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California, the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, A.R.C, Artists/Residents of Chicago, Illinois, and in Austin, Texas at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Women & Their Work, and in the Texas Biennial, Mexican American Cultural Center. She is a recipient of grants and awards, including an Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Ohio Arts Council, the Arts Midwest/ National Endowment of the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography, and the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award in Photography and New Genres.


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