Congressos e Colóquios // The Left Conference – Photography and Film criticism

Since the late nineteenth century, the printed photograph in the media stood as a powerful tool for denouncing social injustice and claiming better life conditions – i.e. as seen in the work of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, or Joshua Benoliel, among many others. In the early decades of the twentieth century the use of images had a significant boost with film, when directors such as Flaherty, Eisenstein, John Grierson, Vertov, Dvorjenko or Ivens, combining documental intentions with avant-garde experimental claims, made possible to discuss political and historical conditions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate photographs and film as a social tool from a leftist stance. In particular, to examine and explore the relation of documentary practices and political commitment in different historical circumstances throughout the twentieth and the twenty first centuries.

The seminar/conference together with a film projection program will take place at Contemporary Art Museum of Chiado in Lisbon on November 16-18 2017.



Keynote speakers

Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Steve Edwards (Birkbeck College)


Conference Venue & Dates

Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado / National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado
Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa/ Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
November 16-17-18, 2017


Languages: English



Paper Submission: free
Regular Registration: 40€
Student Registration: 25€