Laura Wexler

Artist lecture Thursday, March 19, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Laura Wexler is professor of American Studies, professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and co-chair of the Women’s Faculty Forum at Yale University. Her scholarship primarily centers on the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and class in film and photography from the nineteenth century to the present-day in the United States. She teaches courses such as The History of Photography, Visuality and Violence, Photography, History and Memory, Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture and Digital Humanities. Professor Wexler has authored numerous books on these subjects, including Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), co–authored with photographer Sandra Matthews. Most recently, she contributed to A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Professor Wexler completed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, having also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied photography. She holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. In addition to Yale University, she has taught at institutions including Columbia University, Amherst College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Peking University.

Wexler is now at work on a monograph about race and American visual culture, The Awakening of Cultural Memory: Heritage Fiction and Photographic Truth, and a collection of essays, The Look, The Gaze and the Relay Race: Photography and Everyday Memory.  Here she explores of the work of Diane Arbus, Roman Vishniac, and Randolf Linsly Simpson, among others.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010.

Bieke Depoorter

Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”

In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.

In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.

She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.

Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.