Gender Equality and Sustainability: Agnès Varda’s Sustaining Legacy 2020 Symposium

Країна: Турція

Місто: İstanbul

Тези до: 01.12.2019

Дати: 27.03.20 — 28.03.20

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Організатори: İstanbul Bilgi University


In addition to her career-long interest in gender equality, sustainability has been a resonant theme in Varda’s work. This is particularly true of her recent documentaries and her foray into other visual arts at the turn of the century, a transition that coincides with her shift to digital media. The Gleaners and I (2000) considers the practice of gleaning as survival, as art, and as an approach to memory; further developing many of the themes in the film, Varda’s installation Patatutopia at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 moved her perspective from the big screen to the gallery space. From this period until her death, Varda’s work deals prominently with recycling, revisiting, and reframing objects as well as human experience. She has described her essay film The Beaches of Agnès (2008), for example, as “an Unidentified Flying Object,” or a collage assembled from pieces of her life as expressed through various media: photographs, found footage, artwork, and other objects. This same spirit of invention through collection and recollection infuses much of her life’s work, and reveals not only what Varda understood about gender and the world around her, but also why it is crucial to study these concepts through art.  Taking Varda as its focal point, this symposium aims to open many potential avenues of discussion on gender equality and sustainability, producing a timely intervention of wide interest to many scholarly fields and disciplines. The symposium will conclude with a roundtable contextualizing, highlighting, and framing these issues under the heading: Global Varda.

The symposium invites papers that situate the work and legacy of Agnès Varda around the themes of gender equality and sustainability. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • female agency in narration 
  • recycling, revisiting, and reframing 
  • on-screen / off-screen
  • the gaze, desire and intimacy
  • analog/digital and visceral
  • reality, virtuality and memory 

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