Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series: FIONA AMUNDSEN

Mid-career artist Fiona Amundsen has been awarded New Kirche Contemporary Art Center’s (NK) inaugural Bach PGH Residency from September through December 2015.  

Amundsen is a Senior Professor in Art Theory/History and Photography, Bachelor of Visual Arts degree, Masters of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. She has been invited as a guest speaker at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art’s University Lecture Series.  

On the back of multiple prestigious residencies in Japan, Singapore and the Asian Pacific region, Amundsen begins her first American residence here in Pittsburgh. During the lecture she will discuss her research practice and current residency project which addresses how specific cities, particularly Pittsburgh, acknowledge their political histories and military traumas. Amundsen’s academic background in social anthropology has been fundamental in defining her thinking and approach to photographic representation and documentary practice, as well as historical narrative and its contemporary representation. Amundsen zones in on ‘counter histories’ that reside within dominant political rhetoric, questioning the notion of a non-negotiable past. She invites us to look closely at our own society and culture, highlighting the complexities in adopting constructed histories.  

Event is Free and Open to the public

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