The Ethics of Exhibiting

At The Photographers Gallery

Wed 25 Sep 2019, 18:30 – 20:30

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Join our panel for a debate about the ethics of exhibiting

What ethical dilemmas do curators face when arranging an exhibition? In particular, which considerations arise when displaying early anthropological photography today? Are there images that should not be shown? With reflection on TPG’s The Impossible Science of Being: Dialogues Between Anthropology and Photography (1995), we will examine the ethics of contemporary exhibition practices.

Speakers include: playwright and researcher Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex); anthropologist and art historian Christopher Pinney (University College London); curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP); and chaired by Sarah Fine, Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, King’s College London.


Raminder Kaur is professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Her research has foregrounded visual cultures from a variety of perspectives. Publications include Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a Thousand Suns (2013) Kundankulam: A Story of an Indo-Russian Nuclear Power Plant (2020), and Performative Politics and the Cultures of Hinduism (2003/5). Aside from her academic writing, she writes scripts for theatre.

Mark Sealy is Director of Autograph ABP, an independent photography organisation which champions work investigating issues around cultural identity, race, representation and human rights. He completed a PhD at Durham University, where his research focused on photography and cultural violence. He has curated several major exhibitions, and his publications include Different (Phaidon 2001) with Professor Stuart Hall and most recently Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Times (Lawrence & Wishart 2019).

In the lead up to TPG’s 50th anniversary in 2021, The Ethics of Photography is a series of events bringing together practitioners, curators, academics, and other stakeholders, to discuss the enduring ethical issues at the heart of photography. Looking back through a selection of pathbreaking exhibitions from the Gallery’s archive, we explore in depth the moral issues connected with the images at hand.

A collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery and the Centre for Philosophy and Art at King’s College London.

£8/£5 members & concessions.

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