(workshops and symposium)
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) and LUMA Foundation, Arles, France.

I was an invited workshop participant at this symposium.

The LUMA Foundation is pleased to present a symposium titled “The Human Snapshot,” which brings together many of today’s leading thinkers to discuss the effect of the photographic image, its distribution through new media, and its impact on human rights. This academic symposium was produced by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY, as a first example of possible long-term co-productions between Bard College and the LUMA Foundation.

“The Human Snapshot” is an international conference exploring what has become of humanism and universalism in contemporary art and photography. “The Human Snapshot” examines contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art and photography. These values have been under conceptual assault in recent years. Yet they continue to proliferate—even through the visual arts, where humanism and universalism are customarily dismissed. The conference addressed examples such as the The Family of Man , along with its many unexpected afterlives.

Participants: Ariella Azoulay; Roger Buergel; Georges Didi-Huberman; Bassam el Baroni; Michel Feher; Hal Foster; Anselm Franke; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; Denis Hollier; Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti; Alex Klein; Suhail Malik; Marion von Osten; Katya Sander; Eyal Sivan; Hito Steyerl; Eyal Weizman

Organized by Tom Keenan and Tirdad Zolghadr in collaboration with Johanna Burton.

The LUMA Foundation aims to explore crossovers between the visual arts, human rights, and the environment in the broadest sense. LUMA Foundation’s Arles Summer program is the beginning of our efforts to develop a unique discourse that develops in Arles.