Marianna Michałowska currently works as a professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Arts in Poznań in photography and in 1998 she did her MA at Adam Mickiewicz University in cultural studies. In 2002, she completed a PhD in humanities, and in 2013, she completed
a postdoctoral degree in cultural studies. She specializes in contemporary photography, urban documentary, visual arts and museums’ practices. She is the author of three books on the cultural interpretation of photography: Foto-teksty. Związki narracji z fotografią˛ [Photo-texts. Relations between photography and narrative], Poznań 2013; Niepewność przedstawienia. Od kamery obskury do współczesnej fotografii [Uncertain representation. From camera obscura to contemporary photography], Krakow 2004; Poznań 2017;
Obraz utajony. Szkice o fotografii i pamięci [Latent image. Essays on photography and memory], Krakow 2007 and several articles in journals and chapters in books. She also works as an independent curator of photography exhibitions.
Visual Arts in Contemporary Culture
The main purpose if the course is to expose an interplay between current humanistic discourses and contemporary visual arts. During the course the issues like cultural representations of a human body, gender, race, memory and public space are discussed. The artworks (among others by Damien Hirst, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Zofia Kulik and Thomas Struth) are contradicted to concepts by W.J.T. Mitchell, M. Bal, M. Foucault, Marianne Hirsch and others . The method of “close reading” of particular artworks lets to reveal social and cultural meanings of art. The theoretical concepts are accompanied with projections of examples of artistic practice.