11th Sep 2015 - 31st Oct 2015
P21 Gallery, Kings Cross, London
An exhibition curated by Brighton alumnus Joy Stacey, Autonomy of Self uses film and photography to explore how individuals are using the lens to reject violence in the former Ottoman territories.
Autonomy of Self brings together moving image and photography from across the former Ottoman territories to explore how individuals are using the human image to refuse violence and conflict. Each artist has faced the consequences of the collapse of the Empire and the destruction from interventions from the UK, US, France and Russia since Turkey became viewed as the ‘sick man of Europe’ in the mid-nineteenth century, and the implications of this destabilisation resonates in the identity and actions of these countries today.
Using this geo-political model, Autonomy of Self responds to Azoulay’s Civil Contract of Photography (MIT Press, 2008), in which she writes that photography creates its own civil citizenry, outside of nation or state, in which any individual can gain representation as a citizen through their image. This exhibition expands upon Azoulay’s ideas to explore the image in all its complex forms of production and address to its viewers. The works in Autonomy of Self look not just at the moment when the image is created but also at how the image is planned, performed, manipulated and exhibited to create visual representation where political representation is absent.