Uncertain States talk at the V&A

Thursday 7 November 2014



Uncertain States presents writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane who is joined by the artists David George and Karl Ohiri to discuss photography as a tool to reflect longingly and critically on one’s past.

© David George


Contrary to what one might expect with the advances in technology, our fascination with cyberspace and the virtual world, we appear to have increased yearning for something or sometime past. Nostalgia is considered not only as a longing for the past, but a longing for an idealised past, for a moment that prehaps never actually existed. The talk will consider a view of the individuals and cultural memory which does not pretend to rebuild this mythical place, but dwells in ambivalence and a tells of a narrative that is inconclusive, and fragmentary. The artists individual recollections are intertwined with collective memory offering a view of their history which has removed the nostalgic filters .


V&A Museum, Sackler Centre, Seminar room 3,
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL
Friday 7 November 2014
7 – 9 pm, Free Admission