3 - 8 September 2015
The Pensive Image is the 2015 University of Westminster MA Photographic Studies exhibition. The show gives an opportunity to view the work of the eleven visual artists who have completed a period of intensive study on one of the leading photography courses in the UK. The course has established itself as a launch pad for many successful photographers, artists and curators and is proud of its well-structured yet open framework incorporating both academic study and photographic practice.
The participating students, who originate from backgrounds as diverse as Japan, Greece, Switzerland, China and the UK apply different perspectives and modes of expression in their exploration of a range of subtle yet vital themes. These themes lie beneath the surface of contemporary society and raise questions around body and space, wellbeing, illness and feeling, possession and capitalism.
The Pensive Image has been adopted as the title of the show in order to promote further discussion in this area. The notion of ‘The Pensive Image’ has been addressed by a number of leading theorists including French thinkers such as Roland Barthes, Jacques Ranciere and the British film theorist Laura Mulvey. Dedicated essays written by scholars from the field of photography will be included in the show's catalogue.
More details can be found on the official exhibition website www.maps2015.co.uk
Lecture: Mark Cousins (Director of History & Theory, Architectural Association)
Friday 4 September, 5 - 6pm. All welcome.
Symposium: On Pensiveness and Photography
Saturday 5 September, 3 - 5pm Free, open to all.
To mark the exhibition, an afternoon symposium chaired by course leader Professor David Bate will be held inside the exhibition itself. Guest speakers include Dr Patrizia di Bello (Birkbeck), Professor Mark Durden (University of South Wales), Sarah Jones (RCA), David Moore (CSM) & Richard West (editor of Source Magazine).
WTF by Luke Smith
Wednesday 2 September 6.30 - 8.30pm
Please access Ambika P3 via the gate on the right hand side of the Marylebone Campus
Exhibition Open to the public:
Thursday 3 - Tuesday 8 September 11am - 7pm
For public viewing please use the main entrance at 35 Marylebone Road