November 20, 2012: Visual Correspondences: a conversation with Marcelo Brodsky and Eduardo Cadava

Visual Correspondences: a conversation with Marcelo Brodsky and Eduardo Cadava

November 20, 2012 | 6 pm


The  Hemispheric Institute welcomes Marcelo Brodsky and Eduardo Cadava who lead a conversation around the question of correspondence. What is a dialogue or correspondence? What happens when these take place in relation to images and photographs? What happens if, when I send an image to an other, the other responds to me? How do we understand what happens if this response is not made of words, but takes the form of a new image? What happens, in other words, when the ritual of sending images is superimposed onto that of the epistolary exchange? Marcelo Brodsky's Visual Correspondences project, a transnational, multi-media series of correspondences that he initiated with four photographers and one artist, takes its point of departure from these questions. These visual exchanges raise timely questions about agency, communication and correspondence, the relation between the visual and the linguistic, and the itinerancy of images in general.

King Juan Carlos I Center
New York University
53 Washington Square South

An economics graduate, Marcelo Brodsky was trained as a photographer during his exile in Barcelona. In 1997 he edited and exhibited the photographic essay Buena Memoria based on the effects of state terrorism in Argentina. This work  has been shown more than 130 times in 25 countries. He has edited and exhibited his photo essays Nexo, Memory Works,  Memory under Construction, (the debate on ESMA), Vislumbres, Visual Correspondences and Once@9.53AM. He co-curated the Body Politics book and show at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, BA.  Brodsky has lectured at universities across the world and is a member of the Buena Memoria Human Rights Organization and of the Board of Directors of the Memory Park and the Monument to the missing and murdered during the military dictatorship in Argentina. He is co-organizer of the Forum Latino Americano de Fotografía de São Paulo and member of the Editorial Board at the Latin American Photo Book which will be presented and exhibited in November 2012 in the Aperture Foundation, NYC.

Eduardo Cadava teaches in the Department of English at Princeton University, where he also is an Associate Member of the Department of Comparative Literature, the School of Architecture, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Center for African American Studies.  He is the author of Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History and Emerson and the Climates of History, and co-editor of Who Comes After the Subject?, Cities Without Citizens, and a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly entitled "And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights".  He is currently completing a translation of Nadar’s memoirs, Quand j’étais photographe for MIT Press and  a collection of essays the ethics and politics of mourning entitled Mourning Politics.  His book Paper Graveyards: Essays on Art and Photography is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2013.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, and the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University. 

This even is free and open to the public, photo ID required to enter NYU building.