Reassembly, reaggregation and circulation – curating the (un)becomings of photography and society
This presentation will focus on the curatorial research and exhibitions Lars Willumeit curated for Krakow Photomonth 2016 under theme of "Crisis? What Crisis?!". He will also be giving insights into the theoretical and historical background as well as into the artist inserts, that were published in the accompanying book under the title: "The (Un)becomings of Photography". The lecture hybridizes and expands on many of the underlying thematics of the festival exhibitions and as they were reflected within the dimensions of the printed page, however in this instance on the projection screen. The presentation aims at making available a broad range of re-thinkings of the multifaceted nature of the photographic complex, presenting a broad range of artistic practices and research strategies that engage the "becomings" and "unbecomings" of photography, and its discursive and exhibitionary complex, in both images and words. Featured artists: Discipula, #Dysturb, Paul Graham, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, Yann Mingard, Max Pinckers, Sputnik Photos, and Werker Magazine.
Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures.
Since the early 2000s, Willumeit has served in the capacity of photoeditor for numerous magazines, most notably for GEO magazine, in Hamburg and New York, and as photo director, from 2008–2013, for the Zurich-based Du: Die Zeitschrift der Kultur.
Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and festival presentations for East Wing (an exhibition space and platform for photography basedin Dubai) and the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby; and was a contributing author to the photobook Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the catalogue of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
In 2016 he was chief curator of Krakow Photomonth in Poland.
He received his Master of Arts degree in Curating and Museum Education, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His thesis examined the future of photographic institutions in relation to changes taking place within photographic practice and theory. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).