In her workshop, Minna Pöllänen explores the concept of the female gaze. Through practical examples from the field of photography, Pöllänen questions the adequacy of this concept from the feminist perspective. The talk is partly based on her experience in teaching photography in higher education, where students often conceptualise their own practice through explicit reference to the concept of the female gaze. However, Pöllänen argues that this concept is problematic for the politics of speech and image within the field of contemporary feminist practices.
Minna Pöllänen is a London-based visual artist and a lecturer in Photography at UCA Farnham. She is starting a practice-based MPhil/PhD in the School of Arts and Humanities in Royal College of Art in 2019. More info: www.minnapollanen.com, @minna_pollanen.
Reading the Enemies is a series of workshops where invited speakers present readings of their enemies: texts or arguments that are in opposition to their own politics. The workshops allow the participants to engage head-on with the political aspects of intellectual and artistic practices. While scholarly work normally tends to downplay, if not bracket, subjective positions, Reading the Enemies aims to bring such positions to the fore. The aim of the project is to create a collective space for the production of shared political opinion.