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Sydney Asian Art Series 2022 Troubling images

John Thomson, Peking Peep Show from Illustrations of China and Its People, (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1874), vol. 4, plate 27

John Thomson Peking peep show 1869, printed in Thomson, Illustrations of China and its people 1874

Each year, the Sydney Asian Art Series gathers leading international voices on critical issues in early, modern and contemporary Asian art.

In 2022, it introduces its audience to a spectrum of innovative new research on the experience of photography in Asian art.

Given the ubiquity of photographic images, the history of photography – from its 19th-century origins through to its emergence as one of the defining media of the 20th century – seems familiar and somehow universal. Yet recent scholarship has been rethinking this familiar history, interrogating photography’s central role in shaping the Asian region, and at the same time revealing how Asian photo histories contribute to a richer understanding of photography and the role of ‘mechanical images’ today.

The Sydney Asian Art Series is convened by art historian, curator and editor Dr Olivier Krisher and is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For more information on this year's series and scholars, and to view recordings of previous lectures, visit the Sydney Asian Art Series website.

Sydney Asian Art Series 2022 Troubling images

Various dates and times
April–November 2022


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Free, bookings required

Book online via Eventbrite. Registered attendees will be emailed a link to join the event on Zoom before each lecture.

  • Lecture by Christopher Pinney

    Citizens of photography: demotic visual practices in South Asia

    Thursday 29 September 2022 6–7.15pm

  • Lecture by Miryam Sas

    Realism and media: reconsidering Japanese women photographers

    Thursday 10 November 2022 11am–12.15pm

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