Confounding Expectations: Picturing Addiction

19 Apr 2018

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The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall

New York
New York, United States


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“Picturing Addiction” is a part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is presented by Aperture Foundation, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.


As the current opioid crisis continues to make national headlines, this panel brings together three photographers who are finding new ways of depicting addiction: Nina Berman‘s decades-long project looking at the trauma of addiction and the healing potential of collaborative art; Edwin J. Torres’s photographs that show the effects of synthetic marijuana in his own community; and Graham MacIndoe‘s nuanced yet powerful series of self-portraits and environments taken during the years he was addicted to heroin and crack. At a moment when 21 million Americans struggle with addiction, photography now plays a key role in shaping our understanding of this crisis. Moderated by Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor of Time, this panel offers ways in which we can further the conversation beyond what we already know—that America is dealing with its worst addiction epidemic yet. 

Participating panelists include Nina Berman, Graham MacIndoe, and Edwin J. Torres.

The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Room I-202 New York, NY

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