Faces of John Berger
FACES OF JOHN BERGER
On Saturday 12th November, some 70 readers, scholars and collaborators of John Berger gathered at Birkbeck Cinema to discuss his work on page and screen, in a symposium organised by AICA-UK, in association with the Derek Jarman Lab and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image. Audio files of the proceedings can be found here. Below are some photographs from the day.
Thanks to all the participants, and to Matthew Barrington and Michael Temple at BIMI.
Photography by Robyn Jakeman.
Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, president of AICA-UK, starting the day.
Lisa Appignanesi, OBE, giving a welcome during which she spoke about her collaborations with John from the Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative onwards and reflected on his relevance to the current moment.
Organisers Lily Ford, of the Derek Jarman Lab, and Alfredo Cramerotti, of AICA-UK and Mostyn.
John Christie (filmmaker, publisher, artist and writer) and Gill Hedley (critic and curator) discussing Christie’s collaboration with John including the recent book and exhibition, Lapwing and Fox.
Greg Salter (University of Birmingham), Tom Overton (writer and editor of Berger’s Portraits and Landscapes) and Lynda Nead (Birkbeck) discussing Berger as art writer.
Lily Ford (Derek Jarman Lab), Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths and editor of A Jar of Wild Flowers) and Chris Fite-Wassilak discuss Berger as activist.
Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) gave a magisterial and inspiring summary of the day’s proceedings.