Terrains Vagues: Un Flâneur Anglais
- Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020, 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: Off-campus
- Interval: Every day
- Until: Friday 7 February 2020
- Cost: Free
Jim Brodgen’s photography exhibition and his talk at Nouvelle librairie internationale V.O. will focus on his exploration of Lille as l’étranger: 'Terrains Vagues: Un Flâneur Anglais'.
Jim’s photographic practice and academic writing presents a critical provocation and aesthetic defence of the so-called ‘non-place’ (terrain vague/non-lieu), as an act of cultural reclamation.
Through the restorative properties of photography, Jim aims to re-conceptualize the cultural significance of non-place. The sites featured in this exhibition investigate different locations in which access and ownership is ambiguous or contested; potential places of cultural forgetting.
He argues that the overlooked non-place has the potential to expose a version of England and France that raises questions about regeneration, re-wilding, identity, loss, memory, forgetting, landscape valorization, and, perhaps more importantly, how we might arrive at a more meaningful place.
Dr Jim Brogden is an academic and photographer in Leeds (twinned with Lille). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.