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Display Distribute presents: SECOND(light) (online; English) A dialogue and performance lecture from Nihaal Faizal, Elaine W. Ho, and Zhang Hanlu

28 Feb 2021
5:30–7:00 pm

Display Distribute presents: SECOND(light) (online; English) A dialogue and performance lecture from Nihaal Faizal, Elaine W. Ho, and Zhang Hanlu

In 2015, Display Distribute launched its SECOND(hand)MOUNTAIN(fortress) imprint with a shanzhai edition of Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, containing a scanned copy of the Chinese translation with handwritten notes from Guangzhou-based curator Zhang Hanlu. By pure coincidence, a new contributor to the S(h)M(f) series of dedicated bootlegs has chosen the very same book, prompting a relaunch of Camera Lucida with the addition of an all new English section and personal notation from artist-publisher Nihaal Faizal (Reliable Copy).

For the soft launch of the new S(h)M(f) edition of Camera Lucida, Display Distribute will host a cross-border online presentation involving series editor Elaine W. Ho in conversation with Zhang Hanlu about the tensions of sharing what is fundamentally the personal relation between a reader and an author, and how this is translated by Barthes as a personal approach to reading images. This will be followed by a reading by Nihaal Faizal of the annotations in his copy of Camera Lucida. Foregrounding the annotations as opposed to the primary text, this reading will delve into parallel histories of photography, personal memories related to the medium, and various anecdotal musings on the screen, the mask, and the book itself.

Register online for the link

Location:
Online (and livestreamed into the Talks and Workshops room in Block 9)