Self portrait with headband

Lecture: Identity & Photographic Self-portraits

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

In conjunction with our special exhibition The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller, join guest speaker Dr. Helis Sikk as we explore the importance of photographic self-portraits in marginalized identity formation.

Self-portraits by women and gender non-conforming people have played a crucial role in community building, activism, and self-care since the invention of the medium in the 19th century. This presentation covers the long tradition of photographic self-expression that goes back to the rebellious work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, pauses on the visual activism of Nan Goldin and Zanele Muholi, and considers the powerful potential of queer selfies today.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required) or live on YouTube (link below)


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Helis Sikk is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Brown University. She earned her Ph.D. at The College of William & Mary in American Studies. Her research takes a feral multidisciplinary approach in exploring the relationships between queerness, affect, and visual culture.


Image: Self portrait [with headband], Lee Miller Studios Inc., New York, USA c1932 by Lee Miller (NYS 12-6-C) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020.  All Rights Reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk