ONLINE TALK: Visual Artist Dr Ingrid Pollard discusses the Karen Blixen Archive

Wednesday 19 May 2021

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Online talk with Dr Ingrid Pollard and photography historian Dr Julie Bonzon. A response to Karen Blixen’s photographic archive.

The archive is a collection of photographs documenting renowned author Karen Blixen’s life in Kenya and a commentary on the objects as markers of colonial history. Captured a hundred years ago, the majority of the pictures were taken by Thomas Dinesen, the younger brother of Karen Blixen. The images serve as a visual insight into Blixen’s world-famous memoir of her years in Kenya, Out of Africa (1937), which provided for a mystical vision of Kenya with continuing effects today.

Dr Ingrid Pollard is a photographer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University. Ingrid has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens based media. Her work is included in numerous collections including the UK Arts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She lives and works in London, UK.

Julie Bonzon (Dr) has written for several publications, including L’Oeil de la Photographie, Nataal and the catalogue of the 10th Bamako Biennale and delivered papers in international institutions, notably the British Museum in London and l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. Bonzon is the Founder of The Photographic Collective, an online platform to present the work and connect lens-based artists active in Africa. She joined Messums London as Director of Photography in February 2021.