Round table 'Can collective memory be photographed?'

11 October, 2022 - 18:00

That the past is open to readings of the present proves how problematic the link between memory and history is. The subjectivity of the testimony that reaches us through albums and photo archives, allows us to stop addressing them and start articulating them, so as to discover the relevant gaps and influences. 

Rein Jelle Terpstra's project addresses the oxymoron of so-called collective memory, as well as reveals what ends up on the side lines of the official story. That said, does it atomise the hegemonic narrative of the historical event or, paradoxically, erect a new monument — even more plural and democratic? 

Round table with:
Núria Rius, photography historian and professor 
Pedro Vicente, exhibition curator and professor
Joana Hurtado, director of Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona​

Núria Rius has a PhD from Universitat de Barcelona, with a cotutelle with Université Sorbonne-Paris IV. She currently works as a researcher at Pompeu Fabra University. Her work focuses on the study of the development of photographic culture in Spain, both in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is the author of the book 'Pau Audouard. Fotografia en temps de Modernisme', as well as various academic articles on amateur and popular photography. She has curated several exhibitions, including 'La ciutat davant la càmera. Imaginaris urbans al segle XIX' for the Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona (2022).

Round table completes the guided tour to the exhibition 'RFK Funeral Train —The People's View' with its curator, Pedro Vicente.