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Black and Blue: a reading, at Manchester Art Gallery, December 13th

November 13, 2012

Thursday, 13 December 2012 from 18:30 to 19:45, Manchester Art Gallery, book in advance, FREE

Join Carol Mavor for a visually rich reading, and an in-conversation with Director Maria Balshaw, to celebrate her new book Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans Soleil and Hiroshima mon amour.

Audacious and genre-defying, Black and Blue is steeped in melancholy, in the feeling of being blue, or, rather, black and blue, with all the literality of bruised flesh. Roland Barthes and Marcel Proust are inspirations for and subjects of Carol Mavor’s exquisite, image-filled rumination on efforts to capture fleeting moments and to comprehend the incomprehensible. At the book’s heart are one book and three films—Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Sans soleil, and Marguerite Duras’s and Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour—postwar French works that register disturbing truths about loss and regret, and violence and history, through aesthetic refinement.

Personal recollections punctuate Mavor’s dazzling interpretations of these and many other works of art and criticism. Childhood memories become Proust’s “small-scale contrivances,” tiny sensations that open onto panoramas. Mavor’s mother lost her memory to Alzheimer’s, and Black and Blue is framed by the author’s memories of her mother and effort to understand what it means to not be recognized by one to whom you were once so known.
 
Carol Mavor is Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. 
Maria Balshaw is the Director Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
 
Copies of Black and Blue will be available to buy from the Gallery. You can see a preview of the book here
A limited number of places will also be available at 6pm on the day, on a first come first served basis. Refreshments are available for purchase in the cafe.

To book, click here.

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