Joanna Kane – The Somnambulists

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5th March, 6.15pm start

Pittville Studios campus, Albert Road, Cheltenham GL52 3JG

Joanna Kane will talk about her recent photography portrait series “The Somnambulists: Photographic Portraits from Before Photography”

The Somnambulists: Joanna KaneThe Somnambulists: Joanna Kane”The Somnambulists” is a series of digital photographic portraits based on phrenological casts from the early nineteenth century. Casts of heads were created which, with the passage of time have preserved haunting quasi-photographic likenesses from individuals living 150 to 200 years ago. One of the aims of the project was to transform these museum artefacts from scientific specimens confined within the categories and hierarchies of the phrenological collection, into portraits of individual men, women and children.

The Somnambulists was shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2008, and elsewhere in Europe, and is the subject of a book “The Somnambulists” published by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

The lecture is open to all, but places must be reserved in advance by contacting Jayne Sedgwick on 01242 715016 or emailing [email protected]

The full programme of open lectures at Pittville Studios can be viewed at

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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