Correction, addition and deletion : memory and its function in creating "visual narratives" (and identity) in photographic art

Geyer, Xanthe Amanda (2009) Correction, addition and deletion : memory and its function in creating "visual narratives" (and identity) in photographic art. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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With this dissertation I propose to investigate critical theories dealing with memory and its role in photography. The function of memory is a well discussed and analysed topic within the ambit of historical research. Drawing from theoretical texts by critical theorists, namely, Roland Barthes, Annette Kuhn and Marianne Hirsch, I will critically address the function of memory in the understanding of photography; particularly how photographs have the ability to construct our identity in terms of history and narrative. I will study the content of memory in relation to visual images, focusing on what is remembered, what is suppressed, and finally, what is transformed when viewing an image. By doing so, I will consider whether or not still photographs have the ability to construct the past in a narrative form that is intrinsic to its medium. This consideration will be undertaken with specific reference to the works of contemporary South African artist Lien Botha. Special attention will be directed to her series of work entitled Amendment (2006), a series which permits me in turn, to deal with issues pertaining to memory and “visual narrative” which I have explored in my own professional art practice namely, Memory Boxes, Back Stories, Faces of You and Me, Memories Re-layered and Ghostly Remnants.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Botha, Lien,|d1961-, Photography - Social aspects, Memory in art, Photography - Philosophy, Identity (Philosophical concept)
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
Supervisors:Meistre, Brent
ID Code:1850
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:10 Dec 2010 09:39
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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