Beyond black

Brettle, Jane (2007) Beyond black. [Show/Exhibition]

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This solo exhibition, concerning the politics of the ‘veil’, was proposed by Brettle to the Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery. The project was developed with a Muslim women’s group in Edinburgh using both photography and sound recordings to explore the practice of ‘veiling’ in relation to the individual experiences of British Muslims. In setting up the project, Brettle was interested in responding to current theories on the portrait in art history, media theory and the social sciences. In particular, she wanted to address the absence of colour and cultural specificity in some feminist thinking on personal, public and community identity. The result may be seen as a visual arts engagement with recent theoretical work of Nishat and Al-Ani. The output includes a catalogue in which the cultural theorist, Lewis, discusses the concepts of ‘appearance’ and ‘lived experience’ as they relate to Western and Muslim women and to the context of post-colonial theory. Formative aspects of ‘Beyond Black’ featured in an essay by Catherine Grant (Courtauld Institute), have been published in ‘Portfolio: The catalogue of contemporary photography in Britain’ (issue 45). The ethical complexity of the fieldwork that underpinned this output has informed Brettle’s participation in the CARcentre Arts and Health Steering Committee. This group brings together artists, NHS medical staff, PFI hospital administrators, and practice-led doctoral students to advance the research projects managed by Dorsett. Brettle’s exhibition also provided supervisory material for Kolaiti’s AHRC New Collaborations doctoral thesis, ‘The Role of Photography in Healthcare Dialogue’. Brettle and Kolaiti have developed a method of applying the psychoanalytical concept of ‘re-narration’ to self-portraiture, for a photography training module run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. Their contribution to the module expands the concept of a ‘communication skill’ for student doctors by introducing them to the interpretative and narratological possibilities of photography.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Number of pieces: 14 photographic images, 4 sound-work stations. Media of output: exhibition catalogue, photographic images, reviews, CD.
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2008 09:53
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:11

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