Susan Mains hosts internationally renowned photographer Varun Baker at the University of Dundee.
He will specifically focus on his innovative visual media projects at the event, which takes place at the University’s Scrymgeour Building from 2-3.15pm on Tuesday 7 May.
In the illustrated presentation, Varun will reveal contrasting views of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, by showcasing a range of human experiences. One photo essay, ‘Journey,’ follows the life of a man who makes a living on Kingston’s streets despite having had both his arms and legs amputated. Other portraits showcase the deep rooted connections between popular music and the city streets as people of all ages come together to enjoy dancehall culture.
Born in Brazil to an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Varun has lived in the US, Italy, Bermuda and Canada as well as Jamaica, where he is currently based. A popular exhibition of his work took place at the University earlier this year, part of Dundee’s research into connections between Scotland and the Caribbean.
“Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by humans’ fleeting permanence,” said Varun. “The Jamaican society, in which I have spent most of my life, is vibrant and full of rich contrasts. I explore this with a strong use of colour by manipulating heavy or light tones.”
Next week’s event is organised by Dr Susan Mains, a Lecturer in Geography at the University, who said, “Having Varun come to talk with us about his photographic journeys, how he approaches his work, and the impact this has had in relation to how we view cities, Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean is a wonderful opportunity.
“His photographs bear witness to people, events and places that often go undocumented and highlight the diversity of Kingston’s urban spaces. This talk will appeal to a wide audience and we encourage all who are interested to join us for this engaging presentation.”
Varun Baker’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The event is free and open to all.