Photography, migration and transfer
Lecture with Sigrid Lien
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The photograph in stories of migration and migration
What role does photography play in historical processes related to migration and migration?
Sigrid Lien discusses this issue on the basis of the book, Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian-American Migration , published in the English-language version (University of Minnesota Press) in 2018. Lien has examined how Norwegian US immigrants used the photograph to represent loss, loss and change. The photographs also served as testimonies of cultural assimilation and emerging new affiliation. But at the same time, the photographs, in conjunction with memories and so-called "post-memory" material, have the potential to bring difficult stories to the surface. For example, they may carry more or less hidden references to the displaced and subcommunicate sides of the history of Norwegian settler colonialism in the United States - the stories of those who were deprived of their land when Norwegian immigrants established themselves in the Midwest.
Sigrid Lien is Professor of Art History at the University of Bergen. She teaches and researches in the field of modern and contemporary art, as well as visual culture with the history and theory of photography as a special field. Lien has, among other things (together with Peter Larsen) published the Brage Prize- nominated Norwegian Photo History - from daguerrotypi to digitization (2007), The art of reading pictures (2009) and (together with Elizabeth Edwards) Uncertain Images: Museums and the Works of Photographs (2014) . In recent years, she has also worked with museological issues and has, among other things, published Museum stories: We and the others in the Cultural History Museum (together with Hilde Wallem Nielssen) in 2016. She has also led several major research projects, most recently an NFR project on photography in Sami culture.