Tuesday 9 November 2021

Portraits of crime? The ethics of displaying real lives and people

Online event 7 December 2021.

#HCNet members may be interested in this online discussion event organised jointly by Understanding British Portraits (UBP) and the Crime and Punishment Collections Network (CaP) on criminal justice portraiture. 

Speakers include Historical Criminology Network (#HCNet) members who will "explore complex ethical challenges around curatorial interpretation, access, consent, agency, individual rights or legacy which may be raised in displaying such portraits." 

For more information and to register, visit the event pages at either UBP or CaP.

Image for decoration only but illustrates the concept of "mugshots" - popular name for criminal portraiture. The image is a copy of a monochrome newspaper page of insufficient detail to read the names and offences reproduced in the original, or to see detail in the faces, but the page is clearly titled JUST BUSTED and depicts five rows of head and shoulders portraits plus an advertisement.
Johanna Bockman, Page from Just Busted (2013) a 'mugshot tabloid'. 


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