Lunchtime Lecture - ‘Photography is a place for the viewer to dream in’: What can photography do?

23 May 2024

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Thu, 23 May
13:00 – 14:00

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£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

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Inspired by the central theme of the Gallery’s current exhibition, Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In, contemporary artist Esther Teichmann will, through the lens of her own practice, investigate where photography can take us and what photography can do.


In the lecture, Esther will also address the ways in which photography is used to transport a viewer beyond reality and into a dream space, and ask how photography can offer an alternative to every-day life.

'Teichmann's utopian island world lies somewhere between black and blue seas, between here and now and the fantasy of where one might go, or perhaps, even, where one has been...Esther creates spaces of speculative fiction, which enable us to feel beauty, to be okay with feeling too much. As the dancer Yvonne Rainer has noted: "Feelings are facts." Looking at Esther's bodies as indivisible from landscape - caves as mothers, water as mothers, beds as lovers, mouths as homes, seashells as orifices, sisters at every turn. Esther's work is haunted by night dreams and daydreams, of drowning and sleeping. Esther is not afraid of beauty.' - Carol Mavor

About the artist:

Esther Teichmann is an artist and writer. She is Head of Programme of the Master of Research at the Royal Collage of Art, London. Her practice moves across still and moving image, collage and painting, creating alternate worlds, which blur autobiography and fiction. Central to the work lies an exploration of the origins of fantasy and desire and how these are bound to experiences of loss and representation. Thinking about our bodies as sites of knowledge production, Teichmann reimagines space and encounters through feminist subjectivity, exploring the relationship between fiction, myth and lived experience. Solo museum shows include Heavy the Sea, Transformer Station, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA and Mondschwimmen, Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, Germany. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Esther is represented by Flowers Gallery, London.

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