Founded in 2010 as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, MoMA’s Forums on Contemporary Photography have encouraged debate about the perspectives and scope of still and moving images and other forms of picture-making among artists, curators, and theorists in the field. The Forums offer an inclusive culture that values the reassessment of canonical ideas, the diversity of creative practices, and complex and competing visions of modern and contemporary art.
The upcoming session is organized on the occasion of the forthcoming exhibition New Photography 2023, which will feature the work of Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, and Logo Oluwamuyiwa. These seven artists are united by their critical use of photographic forms and their ties to the artistic scene in the port city of Lagos (Èkó), Nigeria.
For this convening we are delighted to be joined by a group of distinguished speakers:
Babajide Adeniyi-Jones, photographer
Akinbode Akinbiyi, photographer
Omar Berrada, writer, curator, and Director, Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech
Antawan I. Byrd, College Fellow in Art History, Northwestern University, and Associate Curator of Photography & Media, The Art Institute of Chicago
Sandrine Colard, Curator at Large, KANAL-Centre Pompidou, and Assistant Professor of Art History, Rutgers University-Newark
Momtaza Mehri, poet and essayist
Renée Mussai, curator, scholar, writer, and Artistic Director, The Walther Collection
Janaína Oliveira, Professor, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro
Rasha Salti, independent film and visual-arts curator and writer
Zoé Samudzi, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Leslie M. Wilson, Associate Director, Academic Engagement and Research, The Art Institute of Chicago
Join the webinar on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST. Passcode: 350592
This Forum on Contemporary Photography is organized by Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator and Acting Chief Curator of Photography, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Associate Curator, The Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography, MoMA.
Cofounded by curators Roxana Marcoci and Eva Respini on February 16, 2010, and conceived as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, MoMA’s forums on contemporary photography are designed to encourage debate about the perspectives and scope of still and moving images and other forms of picture-making among leading artists, curators, and theorists in the field. The creative process of today is not solitary but dynamic, evolving from countless partnerships. These forums offer an intellectual milieu that values the scholarly reassessment of pivotal ideas in art, innovative practices, and complex and competing visions of modern and contemporary art.
Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator, The Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography, MoMA, begins each session with an introduction to the topic, providing context for the conversation. Four to seven featured speakers then present for five to 10 minutes each. The presentations are followed by a probing, critical Q&A session and a moderated discussion with all the guests.
Read an article about the Forums from Art in America.
The Forums on Contemporary Photography are made possible through the generous support of the Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection, and Thomas and Susan Dunn.