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Renee Mussai lecture and reception to take place at Light Work

February 10, 2010

Jessica Heckman
(315) 443-1300

Renée Mussai, archive project manager for Autograph ABP in London, will speak at Light Work on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. She will discuss developing a collection that represents artists of diverse backgrounds for Autograph ABP, as well as the right to representation.

Within the framework of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography at Autograph ABP, this talk will present the organization’s 20-year history in context and critically explore issues around diversity, cultural identity and representation in photographic practice in the 20th and 21st centuries. As an online digital image bank and research resource, the archive highlights a missing chapter in the cultural history of photography. Launching in 2011, its dedicated public program of education, outreach and participatory photography projects will transform the collection into a continuously growing, living archive.

Mussai has been involved with Autograph ABP since 2001. She currently oversees the establishment of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography. In addition to curating the archive collection, her recent curatorial projects include solo exhibitions of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work; “Ever Young: James Barnor, Street and Studio Photography from Ghana and the UK”; and a forthcoming retrospective at Autograph ABP in fall 2010. Twice recipient of the Sofie and Emanuel Fohn Fellowship, she is based in London, where she regularly lectures on photographic history and cultural identity.

Autograph ABP is an international photographic arts organization that addresses issues of cultural identity and human rights. It develops, exhibits and publishes the work of photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds and advocates for their inclusion in all areas of exhibition, publishing, education and commerce in the visual arts.

On view in Light Work’s galleries at this time are “The Imp of Love,” featuring photographs by Rachel Herman, and the “Transmedia Photography Annual” exhibition, featuring work by seniors and graduate students studying photography in the Department of Transmedia in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Gallery hours for these exhibitions are Sunday- Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (315) 443-1300.

Light Work invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility. Light Work is a nonprofit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University (CMAC).

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