La présentation de l’intervention de Jean Mohr à Goldsmiths en Mars 2014.
Jean Mohr at Goldsmiths
« The photographer photographed » @Jean Mohr, Jerusalem, 1979.
Edward is still with us: Jean Mohr reflects on Edward Said in Palestine & After the Last Sky
Thurs 27th March 2014 5-7pm, inc. drinks reception with exhibition viewing.
Small Hall, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way. New Cross SE14 6NW
Free & Open Public Event, marking 50 years of Sociology at Goldsmiths.
In this public conversation, Jean Mohr will reflect on his collaboration with Edward Said on After the Last Sky, as well as on his wider oeuvre of work.
After the Last Sky came about after Jean Mohr was commissioned by the UN, on Edward Said’s recommendation, to take photos of some of the key sites in which Palestinians lived their lives. Because the UN allowed only minimal text (the names of places) to accompany the photographs, Said and Mohr decided to work together on an ’interplay’, as Said put it, of Said’s personal account of Palestinian suffering and exile and Mohr’s photographs – ’an unconventional, hybrid, and fragmentary [form] of expression’ - which they called After the Last Sky (1986). The Space and Gaze exhibition at Goldsmiths (September 2013 – July 2014) brings Mohr’s images and Said’s text from this seminal book together for the first time. Working against the grain of speeded up short durations in gallery spaces and the cultural sector more widely, we have chosen to live and converse with the images and texts for the longer duration of an academic year. Against the grain of the corporatization of the academy, the exhibition claims the space for an alternative writing on the walls of the university.
This is Jean Mohr’s second exhibition at Goldsmiths. His first, which was held in the 1970s, was titled Two portraits and a Story, and consisted of photographs of peasants in Haute Savoie, France. He is well-known for his many collaborations with John Berger, which include A Fortunate Man (1967), Art & Revolution (1969), A Seventh Man (1975), Another Way of Telling (1995) and John by Jean: fifty years of friendship (2014). More than 80 exhibitions have been dedicated to his photographic work worldwide. He has worked for numerous international organisations (UNHCR, ILO, JDC) and was ICRC delegate for the Middle East 1949-1950. In 1978 he was awarded the prize for the photographer who had contributed the most to the cause of human rights. Speaking of his position as a photographer he has stated: ’If I see a child drowning I can’t take a picture of the scene. I can lend a hand or grab a stick to remove the child.’ He has an interest in theatre and his large body of work also includes plasticine photography, usually in colour, as a reflection of formal experimentations in the art field.
This is the Annual Methods Lab Lecture.
To view the exhibition SPACE & GAZE: Conversations with Jean Mohr & Edward Said in Palestine visit the Kingsway Corridor at Goldsmiths, Richard Hoggart Building, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross. SE14 6NW. Times: on until July 2014, Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9.30am-6pm. Free.