Martyna Majewska, the new Terra Foundation Research and Teaching Fellow for 2022-2024
Congratulations and a warm welcome to Martyna Majewska, the newly appointed Terra Foundation Research and Teaching Fellow for 2020-2022. She will be teaching a seminar open to Masters students from Paris-Cité University and from Paris-Nanterre University, titled: Against History: Critiques of documents, archives and monuments in US art since the 1960s.
‘I recently received my PhD from the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where I also taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My thesis, ‘Resisting Overdetermination, Destabilising Representation: African American Artists Performing for the Camera since the 1970s,’ examined a selection of practices in which artists mobilise embodied performances to produce specific, carefully designed and incisive images. My project demonstrated that this mode of image production has been exceptionally successful in challenging hegemonic representations of people of colour, exposing the racist and heteropatriarchal stereotypes inscribed in these representations. I look forward to developing further my thinking about photography, performance and the construction of race with colleagues and students at LARCA.’
Seminar : Against History: Critiques of documents, archives and monuments in US art since the 1960s.
At least since the 1960s, US-based artists have mobilised a variety of media – conceptual photography and photomontage, performance, video and installation – in order to disrupt the dominant visual schemas that shape popular perceptions of American history. While many conceptual artists treated photography merely as a recording mechanism, this course examines practices in which photography and video have been deployed to challenge the assumed transparency and facticity of camera-based technologies. Equally, contemplating a selection of contemporary artistic practices in diverse and in mixed media, this course problematises the common presumptions that monuments are reflections of history, and that archives and museums tell a nation’s story.
Students will examine photographic series by Lee Friedlander, performances for the camera by David Hammons and by Carrie Mae Weems, the various multimedia projects that have inspired the term ‘institutional critique,’ as well as recent exhibitions which have sought to interrogate and subvert the established modes of transmitting and categorising knowledge – modes whose accuracy and authority are often left unquestioned. Throughout this course, we shall debate whether the alternative, critical approaches to documents, monuments and museums can propel the efforts to decolonise art history.
The Larca enjoys a close partnership with the Terra Foundation.
Based in Chicago, the Foundation is dedicated to the study and promotion of American art. It supports exhibitions, study programs, and international exchange programs for academics and curators.
For more information about the Terra Foundation for American Art.
At the Terra Foundation Paris Center, students and academics have access to Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to American art. The Paris Center is the hub of the Foundation’s European activities, fostering a rich dialogue on the visual arts of the United States through academic programs, institutional partnerships, exhibition and publication programs.
For more information about the Terra Foundation Paris Center.