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Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings

Between nostalgia and trauma

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Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021


The workshop Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings: Between nostalgia and trauma which will take place in Prague on 25-26 November 2021 is organised by the CVF - Photography Research Centre of the Institute of Art History, CAS, in collaboration with DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.



Thursday 25 November 2021

10:30 – 11:00 Registration

11:00 – 11:15 Introduction

Keynote lecture

  • 11:15 – 12:00 Anna Dahlgren (Stockholm University) The Photo Album as a Medium

12:00 – 12:15 Discussion

12:15 – 13:00 Break (Lunch)

Session 1. Before and After | Historic Events and Affective Moments

  • 13:00 – 13:15 Friedrich Tietjen (Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, Berlin) Private Photography, the Good Life, and Trauma. Observations and hypothesis
  • 13:15 – 13:30 Aiswarya Sanath (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur) Indian Partition of 1947: Photographs as affective markers
  • 13:30 – 13:45 Martin Kuhar – Stella Fatović-Ferenčić – Silvija Brkić Midžić (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Two photo albums of the Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology in Zagreb: exploring the shifts in visual representation
  • 13:45 – 14:00 Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostás (National Museum of the Romanian Peasant) Compiling Bucharest in 19th-century photographic albums

14:00 – 14:45 Discussion

14:45 – 15:00 Break

Session 2. Migration, Materiality, and a Sense of Belonging

  • 15:00 – 15:15 Marta Smolińska (University of the Arts in Poznań) – Anne Peschken (Urban Art) “East Side Story” by Anne Peschken and Marek Pisarsky: A corporeal archaeology of photographic albums from the so-called Recovered Territories in Poland
  • 15:15 – 15:30 Vida Bakondy (Austrian Academy of Sciences) “Srce je vezanu za Jugoslaviju” – Negotiations of translocal socialist unity, nostalgia and social critique in an album for President Tito
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Sholeh Shahrokhi (University of California, Berkeley) Family Albums in Flux: Portraits of life and memory across borders
  • 15:45 – 16:00 Cristina Ferreira (University of Oporto) The serendipity of memories, the place of the error in the photo album

16:00 – 16:45 Discussion

16:45 – 17:00 Break Session

3. Raw Material

  • 17:00 – 18:00 Žaneta Turoňová (Museum of Romani Culture, Brno)

19:00 Dinner

Friday 26 November 2021

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and morning coffee

Session 4. Designing a Photo Album

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen) The Photo Album and the Family Novel
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Mona Becker (Martin-Luther-Universität HalleWittenberg) Reimagining the Past through Pictures: Photographic Images in the Postmemorial Novel
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Éva Fisli (Hungarian National Museum, Budapest) Leafing Through. Photo albums in the hands of contemporary (women) artists in Hungary
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Martina Hrabová (Prague) Life forgotten in a cigar box: photographs as instruments to identify a social network

11:00 – 11:45 Discussion

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:30 Closing remarks and discussion

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Site visit


It is anticipated that the workshop will be held in the hybrid format. In the event of an adverse epidemiological situation due to COVID-19, it will be held online only.

The workshop is organized by CVF – Photography Research Centre of the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague as part of the research programme Resilient Society for 21st Century. The event is supported by the CAS through the Strategy AV21 programme.

If you wish to participate online, please register here.

Should you like to attend in person in Prague, please send an email to trnkova@udu.cas.cz by 21 November.

In both cases, the number of places available is limited.


  • Petra Trnková (curator of the photography collection, head of the Photography Research Centre, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy ofSciences)
  • Barbora Kundračíková (head of modern art collections in the Olomouc Museum of Art – Central European Forum (SEFO)


  • Prague, Czechia

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Friday, November 26, 2021


  • photography, photo albums, art history


  • Petra Trnková
    courriel : trnkova [at] udu [dot] cas [dot] cz

Information source

  • Barbara Líznerová
    courriel : liznerova [at] udu [dot] cas [dot] cz


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« Photo Albums’ Twisted Meanings », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, https://calenda.org/933812

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