Photographers' Lecture Series
Each year, an outstanding group of guest documentary photographers, photojournalists, commercial photographers, photo editors, and others involved in the field, visit the Williston Northampton campus to show examples of their work and offer insight and opportunity for discussion as part of the school's Photographers' Lecture Series.
All presentations are open to the entire school community as well as the public. Immediately following each lecture, Williston photography students then spend classroom time with the guest, receiving technical and creative guidance in advanced photography.
Over the years, distinguished guests have included a broad range of photographic influences including: award-winning photographer Steve McCurry, who is well known for his National Geographic magazine cover of a girl from Afghanistan, internationally known former New York Times photojournalist Ed Keating, portrait photographer and photojournalist Nina Berman, and award-winning Canon Explorer of Light photographer Seth Resnick, who has been lauded for his corporate and editorial work.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, photographer Genevieve Gaignard visits campus, and will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room, in the Reed Campus Center.
Genevieve Gaignard is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on photographic self-portraiture, sculpture, and installation to explore race, femininity, class, and their various intersections. The daughter of a black father and white mother, Gaignard’s youth was marked by a strong sense of invisibility. Was her family white enough to be white? Black enough to be black? Gaignard interrogates notions of “passing” in an effort to address these questions. She positions her own female body as the chief site of exploration — challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity.
Influenced by the soulful sounds of Billy Stewart, the kitschy aesthetic of John Waters and the provocative artifice of drag culture, Gaignard uses low-brow pop sensibilities to craft dynamic visual narratives. From the identity performance ritualized in ‘‘selfie” culture to the gender performance of femininity, Gaignard blends humor, persona and popular culture to reveal the ways in which the meeting and mixing of contrasting realities can feel much like displacement.
Gaignard received her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in Photography at Yale University. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the Houston Center for Photography, and the California Africian American Museum. In 2017, she was included in the Prospect.4 triennial, The Lotus in the Swamp, in New Orleans.