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Slought presents a conversation with Rosalind Morris and Ilisa Barbash about the challenges of representing precarious life, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:30-8pm
Organized in conjunction with the installation The Zama Zama Project, this event will feature a conversation with Ilisa Barbash and Rosalind Morris about the ethics and politics of representing vulnerable communities. What do those who have been marginalized in and by the global economy want when they seek visibility and recognition? What are the risks of documenting underground economies? What are the aesthetic forms available for this task? And what does it mean to collaborate–to speak with rather than merely about people—across difference?
Lisa (Ilisa) Barbash is Curator of Visual Anthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology where she makes films, and writes books and curates exhibitions about photography. Lisa has taught ethnographic film production and the history and theory of ethnographic film at San Francisco State University, Berkeley, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Rosalind Morris is an award-winning anthropologist, cultural critic, filmmaker and media theorist, who has taught at Columbia University, where she is Professor of Anthropology, for 25 years. She has worked for more than two decades to document the transforming life-worlds around the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of 7 books and more than 70 essays, and has been recognized with numerous awards.