Humanist Correspondence: Family of Man according to Thomas Hirschhorn

According to Thomas Hirschhorn

Participant(s)  Thomas Keenan
Participant(s)  Alex Klein
Year  2011

This talk uses the notion of humanist correspondence - the familiar letter as a mode of public address - as a framework to consider ongoing debates surrounding photography and universalism.

Drawing on themes in Renaissance Humanism, personal anecdote, and critiques surrounding Edward Steichen's exhibition “The Family of Man,” the talk revisist an exchange between Thomas Hirschhorn and Thierry de Duve as an opportunity to question the limits of photographic representation within art practice.

With Alex Klein, artist and Program Curator, ICA Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania.

Conference organized as part of The Human Snapshot Symposium (2011)

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