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Andrea Liss


Photography, Post-Witnessing and the Holocaust

Presentation by Andrea Liss

Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 7 PM
Woodbridge Campus Theater, Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Andrea Liss will be speaking about the promises and the problems that face documentary photography as it served to witness and now functions to memorialize those who perished and those who survived the European Holocaust during WWII, known as the Shoah. Working with what she calls "post-witnessing," Dr. Liss analyzes the transformations that documentary and more intimate photographs undergo as they are mediated through contemporary exhibition techniques, both at the institutional level of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and in the hands of a group of contemporary artists and photographers including Art Spiegelman, Christian Boltanski and the collaborative team of Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds.


Dr. Andrea Liss is the author of Trespassing through Shadows: Memory, Photography and the Holocaust (University of Minnesota Press, 1998). Dr. Liss is the Contemporary Art Historian/Cultural Theorist at California State University San Marcos where her teaching focuses on feminist art and theory, photographic theory and representations of memory and history. Her newest book, Bodies of Knowledge: Feminist Art and the Maternal, will be out in September 2008 with the University of Minnesota Press.