In "Lover of Home," Odette England will discuss her photographic work, for which the binding thematic spine is autobiographical memory. In particular, England’s research examines the value of the family snapshot and its challenging, often contradictory relationship to memory. She reinvents and reframes vernacular imagery, discovering absences within them, which exacerbate “a past that will not pass.” During the lecture, England will describe her need to undertake photographic acts of self-reflection and self-erasure, and to reconstruct personal spaces. She will also discuss her influences and inspirations, which led to her first formal curatorial initiative, "The Winter Garden Photograph" project.
Odette England received an MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 2018. England’s work has shown nationally and internationally in more than 80 exhibitions. Venues include the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art; the State Library of South Australia; and the New Mexico Museum of Art. England's photographs have been published in American Photo, the British Journal of Photography, and Australian Art Monthly, among others. England is currently assistant professor of photography and graduate program director at RISD.
This lecture is sponsored by the Mesaros Visiting Artist fund and the Studio Art Department.
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022