In the disciplines of art history and visual culture, the portrait is often understood as the depiction of a unique human subject. But what are the limits of portraiture? What can a portrait represent other than the visual or essential likeness of an individual or group?
This one-day conference aims to address non-traditional forms of portraiture and self-portraiture, and to explore the potential of the ‘anti-portrait’ for rethinking the boundaries of the genre. For the purposes of the conference we define the anti-portrait in the broadest possible terms as an artwork that simultaneously engages with and resists the conventional codes of portraiture. Open to early career academics, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. Conference to be held on 6th June 1013 at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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