War through a Lens

Tuesday October 8th 2019 | 19:45 – 21:30 hrs |Instituto Cervantes Utrecht |Domplein 3, 3512 Utrecht |

The war in Yemen is still raging. The humanitarian crisis and political chaos have brought the country into a famine. Not a single child is spared: numerous children are starving because of the severe inflation. This was especially made visible by photograph of the 12-
year-old Fatima Qoba, who weighed just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition clinic. Visual culture is often used as a tool to highlight crises and tell forgotten stories. But how does visual culture help the children in Yemen? And what drives war photographers to risk their lives for a photo?

How can visual culture make a change in war? How does it have influence on the way we see and interpret wars? 

We will discuss this and more with Wilco Versteeg. He is a writer, photographer, and researcher/teacher at Université Paris Diderot and Radboud University.

This lecture is free of charge. Afterwards, there will be drinks at Café Hemingway!