Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Professor of Chinese Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago
This talk studies photographs that subtly disrupt the classification of portraits and self-portraits. These are studio portraits that bear the sitters’ inscriptions. Using a group of images related to the “queue-cutting” movement in early 20th-century China as examples, Wu Hung suggests that when an inscription is imbued with a distinct “I” voice and expresses the sitter’s personal feeling, experience, and aspiration, it transforms the anonymous portrait into a “self-image.” This case study further leads us to contemplate on photography’s role in facilitating such transformation.
- Occurs Monday, October 23rd, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm