Anita Witek and John Stezaker in Conversation, 21 April 2015
Conversation at l’étrangère between Anita Witek and John Stezaker chaired by Professor Margaret Iversen
John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.
Margaret Iversen is Professor Emerita at the University of Essex and one of the leading international authorities in the field of art theory and contemporary art. Her publications include Chance, MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery, 2010; Writing Art History, Chicago University Press, 2010; Photography After Conceptual Art, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 and Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan and Barthes, Penn State University Press, 2007