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Tate Shaw: Affective Misplacement and The Image City

Lecture

This lecture will present a re-framing of empathy and the call to empathize more in relation to images and image makers as part of a capitalist reification process that benefits those empathizing at the further expense of their subjects. Inspired by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay's Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism, it discusses the complicity and consequences of the empathetic photographer and critic's privilege relative to photographic subjects as part of an imperialistic system. Central to the discussion will be the 2012 Magnum Photos House of Pictures project as an example of how empathy and its documents are reified in a capitalist economy.

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