Wed, Jun 02 | Online Course

From photojournalism to the archive: women photographers in Latin America

3-week Course with Erika Zerwes

Time & Location

Jun 02, 6:00 PM – Jun 16, 10:00 PM
Online Course

About the Event

This course is based on a conceptual axis that articulates visual culture, political culture and the idea of the archive in photography. As Ariella Aïsha Azoulay defends in Potential History, undoing the colonial logic also involves questioning the use of political concepts such as citizens, sovereignty, human rights, art and archives, as well as categories such as the new and the neutral, which reinforce the imperialist drive to ‘progress'.

The women photographers discussed in this course propose original and diverse approaches to the notion of the archive, whether it be the archive of the present, produced by journalistic work, or questioning and re-signifying institutional or private photographic archives, and therefore producing new ones. In this way, they challenge official historical narratives related to moments of social and political conflicts in Latin America in the second half of the 20th century.

Through the photographic work of women like Susan Meiselas, Lucila Quieto, Paula Luttringer, Nair Benedicto and Rosa Gauditano, the course proposes a conceptual and historical analysis on this politically engaged photography which has a great impact on contemporary visuality and was carried out by a social subject often invisible or relegated to the background: the woman.

About the lecturer

Erika Zerwes holds a PhD in History from UNICAMP, with a séjour doctoral at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has was a Post-Doc fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo, researching photography and gender in its various aspects and in its political dimensions. She is the author of the books Tempo de Guerra, Cultura Visual: Imagens na Modernidade and Mulheres Fotógrafas / Mulheres Fotografadas, fotografia e gênero na América Latina.


  • 15 minutes
    Photojournalism, photo book and photo exhibition

  • 2 hours
    Photography and the desaparecidos
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