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Virtual study event: Susan Bright | Collaboration & Creative Practice

Open College of the Arts, Photography & Moving Image presents…

International Guest Lecture: 

Susan Bright | Collaboration and Creative Practice

Followed by in conversation with Arpita Shah and Dan Robinson.

Lecture available online: Weds 27 May, from 12noon GMT.

Live in conversation: Tues 2 June, 5-6pm GMT.      

Please register in advance via the zoom link.           

We are delighted to announce a special guest lecture by renowned international curator Susan Bright. OCA students and tutors can watch the lecture online via this link.(duration 45mins)

On Tuesday 2 June, 5-6pm GMT, OCA students and tutors are welcome to attend a live ‘in conversation’ with Susan Bright, Arpita Shah and Dan Robinson followed by live Q&A. 

The format is a zoom webinar-style meeting. You can watch, listen and ask questions using the chat box. Please register in advance to help us plan numbers.

Both the lecture and conversation event will be available to view online afterwards:

Watch the lecture here.

OCA students and alumni can watch the conversation event here.


Image: Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood. Edited by Susan Bright. Published in association with The Photographers’ Gallery, The Foundling Museum and Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

More about Susan Bright: Collaboration and Creative Practice

Susan Bright is a curator and writer based in Paris. She has curated exhibitions internationally at institutions including: Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Foundling Museum Chicago amongst others.

This lecture asserts that photographic practice is inherently collaborative. The talk was specially recorded for OCA Photography & Moving Image, following Susan Bright’s generous offer on March 24 via twitter to speak to students during lockdown. Susan was in turn responding to Mark Cousins tweet of March 22, in which he shared a 200 min visual talk on movies. 

Drawing on recent projects where she has developed relationships and friendships with artists, writers and editors, Bright considers what curating can be and its possibilities when working with others. Examples including Elina Brotherus’ solo exhibition Playground and her Guest Curation of PHotoESPAÑA 2019. Both projects highlight the in-flux nature of her work and the various roles a curator and her collaborators play.

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Susan Bright also co-curated the exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain, the first major exhibition of British photography at Tate. The exhibition of Home Truths was named one of the top exhibitions of 2013-14 by The Guardian and The Chicago Tribune. 

OCA tutor Arpita Shah is a visual artist and arts community facilitator. Her work between photography and film explores culture, heritage and identity. She also co-directs Fòcas Scotland.

OCA’s Dan Robinson is acting Program Leader Photography & Moving Image. As an artist, writer and educator he works collaboratively at places where environment and culture meet, such as Grizedale Arts.

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  • Thanks OCA for arranging this.
    It is the kind of event that really makes studying at the OCA worthwhile in fact. It was Susan Bright’s exhibition as curator of How We Are that encouraged me to take up studies at the OCA.
    I still remember seeing Home Truths in 2013 with the OCA [https://amanostudy.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/home-truths-photography-and-motherhood/] and know I was not the only student to see the exhibition she curated at The Photographer’s Gallery last year about food called Feast for the Eyes.
    Am attaching a link to my blog of the event on June 2’nd 2020; so far just a few preliminary thoughts. [https://amano3.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/susan-bright-at-the-oca-june-2020/]

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