Image credit (detail): "Keeper of the Hearth" book cover

NOV 14 | Virtual Panel Discussion: Keeper of the Hearth

Virtual Panel Discussion: Keeper of the Hearth
November 14, 2020 | Saturday 12pm (PST)
Online Event
FREE WITH RSVP

To mark the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’ renowned work Camera Lucida (La Chambre claire) in 2020, artist Odette England invited more than 200 photography-based artists, writers, critics, curators, and historians from around the world to contribute an image or text that reflects on Barthes’ famous Winter Garden photograph – an unpublished snapshot of his mother at age five. The resulting work is featured in the recently released book Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph.

Join PCNW on Saturday, November 14 for a shared conversation between Odette England and five of the acclaimed contributing photographers: Birthe Piontek, Dru Donovan, Eirik Johnson, Meghann Riepenhoff, and Rafael Soldi. Together, these Northwest-based artists will discuss their own contributions to Keeper of the Hearth as well as their reflections on the connections between memory and photography more broadly.

About the Panelists:

Odette England

Odette England uses photography, performance, writing, and the archive to explore autobiography, gender, ritual, place, and vernacular photography. England is the Visiting Artist-in-Residence at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She is also a resident artist of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program in New York. Her work has been shown in more than 90 solo, two-person, and group exhibitions worldwide.

Birthe Piontek

Through a diverse photographic practice, as well as sculpture and installation, Birthe Piontek examines the relationship between memory and identity, with a special interest in the topic of female identity and its representation in our society. Born and raised in Germany, Piontek is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Candad and a member of the Cake Collective.  Her recent book Abendlied was published in 2019.

Dru Donovan

Dru Donovan uses the human body as a vehicle for portraying emotional desires. Her photographs investigate human experiences, both in real-time and reinvented through actors and props, where the body is the main source of narrative weight

Based in Portland, OR, Donovan has taught institutions including Parsons School for Design, Pratt Institute, Lewis & Clark College, University of Hartford, Yale University and Harvard University.  Donovan is a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

Eirik Johnson

Eirik Johnson’s photographic and interdisciplinary projects reflect a deep interest in the relationship between individuals and communities, the surrounding natural landscape, and processes of transformation and historical change. Based in Seattle, WA, Johnson serves as Programs Chair at the Photographic Center NW and is a member of the Cake Collective.  His most recent book Barrow Cabins was published in 2019.

Meghann Riepenhoff

Meghann Riepenhoff’s work questions the nature of our relationships to the landscape, images, time, and impermanence as she explores photographic reactions to sand, salt water, wind and waves. Based on Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA, Riepenhoff is a 2018-2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.  Her first monograph Littoral Drift+Ecotone was published in 2018.

Rafael Soldi

Rafael Soldi centers his practice on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. Born and raised in Peru and based in Seattle, WA, Soldi has exhibited his own work widely and is a founding member of the Strange Fire Collective.  His first monograph CARGAMONTÓN was published in 2020.

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