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Library Colloquia Series: Evidence: Photography and Political Disappearance

Library Colloquia Series

Evidence: Photography and Political Disappearance

Date: September 9, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)
Presented by artist Diana Matar
Cosponsored by the MSU African Studies Center, the School of Journalism, Muslim Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

Evidence is the accumulation of six years' work onpolitical disappearance by the photographer Diana Matar. Years ago the artist’s father-in-law, a Libyan opposition leader, was disappeared by the Gaddafi regime. Crafted as an homage to one man, the book shows the cruel effects of dictatorship on intimate relationships and family life. Ms. Matar will speak about the work and how she went about making the book.

Diana Matar is an artist working with photography, testimony, and archive. Using image, sound, and text, her bodies of work investigate issues of immigration, urban development, displacement, memory and political disappearance.. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been published in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Internazionale, Ojo de Pez, and many other publications. An installation of her work Evidence will be showing at Tate Modern 2014 / 2015.

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