Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Why do images fascinate us? Do they have power over us?

Image of Griselda Pollock © University of Leeds

Exploring Brexit, the US Election and recent Political Events – a lecture for schools, at the University of Leeds.

Do we see images or do images remake us?  Do images make us see the world, and how? Our world is not only the age of information; it is the age of the image. In 2016 we live in an ever-changing ocean of images.  Images are the world for many of us because of the constant flow of images that we make and post, that trend or do not get picked up.

In art and art history, we question images and try to make sense of what they do to us. Why do images fascinate us? Do they have power over us? Do we remodel ourselves to look like the images in art or on instagram? Has this always been the case?

In this lecture art historian and cultural analyst Griselda Pollock, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, will think about the recent political events like Brexit and the American election in terms of images: images of power, of men in power or women in power, of images of white and black men and women in power, of images of migrants, refugees, people of various religions and ethnicities.

The lecture is for teachers and Key Stage 5 students with an interest in art, art history, English, culture, politics, history or philosophy.

Professor Griselda Pollock is a prominent feminist art historian and cultural theorist whose interests include, feminist, social and postcolonial studies in art’s histories, feminist interventions in psychoanalytical aesthetics and trauma and cultural memory and the Holocaust.  Griselda recently spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row championing the new History of Art A Level, her interview is available to download here. More information about Griselda can be found here.

If you would like to attend please email Kathie Hunter in Arts Educational Engagement K.M.Hunter@leeds.ac.uk with the following information:

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