Taking place at the University of Namur (Belgium) in May 2021, this conference focuses on the study of power relations through the prism of photography. The goal of this academic event is to engage simultaneously with the phenomenon of domination (understood here without any kind of time or space limit) and the technique of portrait photography (1840-2000). How is this kind of personal, if not private, image influenced/affected – in its themes or mise-en scène – by colonial or war contexts, by class, age, race or gender relationships, or by any other relation of subordination or stigmatisation? To which extent can the photographic portrait be interpreted as a visual expression of domination and/or as an “instrument and mirror of hegemonic power, capable of classifying, disciplining, fixing, and coding”?
ILLU : carnet anthropométrique de nomade, AD13. Archives départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille