Kent State University presents a lecture by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Brenner, a contemporary French photographer documenting the lives of the Jewish community, on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Brenner is best known for his opus â€œDiaspora,â€ the result of a 25-year search in 40 countries to create a visual record of the Jewish people at the end of the 20th century. During the lecture, he will share his photos and experiences about his journeys.
â€œDiasporaâ€ was published as a two-volume set of photographs and texts by Harper Collins in 2003 and appeared in four foreign editions. â€œDiasporaâ€ is also a major exhibition, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2003 and since then has been shown in nine other cities in the United States, Europe and Mexico.
â€œBrennerâ€™s enthusiastic approach to his art and his profound insights into the human condition will excite all those who attend his presentation,â€ said Chaya Kessler, director of Kent Stateâ€™s Jewish Studies program.
Brenner published five other photographic books and has had solo exhibitions at such major venues as the International Center of Photography in New York City; MusÃ©e de lâ€™ElysÃ©e in Lausanne, Switzerland; Bellas Artes in Mexico City; and Rencontre Internationale de la Photographie in Arles, France.
Born in Paris in 1959 and trained in social anthropology, Brenner, now living in Israel, also draws upon history and philosophy for his project to capture images of the Jewish Diaspora in such places as India, Italy, China, Russia, Canada and the United States.
The lecture is presented by Kent Stateâ€™s Jewish Studies Program and supported by the universityâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Hillel at Kent State University.
For more information about the lecture, contact Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-8926.
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