Mark Sealy


Decolonizing the Camera: Photography in Racial Time

Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph – ABP, writer and curator, will be at Fabrica on Wednesday 26 September at 6:30 P.M. for an open conference entitled “Decolonizing the Camera: Photography in Racial Time” where he will explore issues relating to race, representation and human rights.

“How does one bear witness to the criminality of societal rule, which consigns the uniqueness of being to eternal forgetfulness, not through an act of dramatic transgression but through a descent into everyday life? Thus, how does one not simply articulate loss through a dramatic gesture of defiance but learn to inhabit the world, or inhabit it again, in a gesture of mourning? It is in this context that one may identify the eye not as the organ that sees but as the organ that weeps”, says Veena Das, author of Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary.

Dr Mark Sealy MBE is interested in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of London-based photographic arts charity Autograph ABP since 1991 and has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the critically acclaimed Human Rights Human Wrongs exhibition curated for Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, in 2013 and The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 2015. He jointly initiated and developed a £7.96 million capital building project (Rivington Place), which opened in 2007 in London. He has written for international photography publications, including Foam MagazineApertureCreative Camera and Next Level, and written numerous essays for publications and artist monographs. In 2002, Sealy and professor Stuart Hall coauthored Different, which focuses on photography and identity politics. Recent notable projects include curating The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding / Decoding for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (Canada) and critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani – Kayode and on the works of Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. Sealy has served as a photography jury member for World Press Photo, the Carmignac Gestion photojournalism award, the Hasselblad Foundation’s Photography Award, and the Sony World Photo award. In 2015, he chaired the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book award and joined the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project Advisory Board. In 2017 he was Chair of the Hasselblad Awards. Sealy has guest lectured at various institutions around the world such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Royal College of Art London, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Toronto, and Tate Britain/Modern. He has curated exhibitions for international photography festivals across the globe such Arles France, Kyoto Japan Drik Bangladesh and Bamako Mali. He has devised global photography MA studies program for academic institutions and mentored a range of artists and curators over many years. He was awarded the Hood Medal by the Royal Photographic Society and a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) which was awarded for services to photography in 2013. His PhD from Durham University England focused on photography and cultural violence was gained in 2016.

Wednesday, 26 September, 6:30 P.M.
Lecture in English, free admission

Via Postioma, 54/F
Catena di Villorba (Tv)

Mark Sealy’s portrait is by Steve Pyke