6:30 - 8:30pm, Thursday 21st Nov


Professor Andres Zervigon [Rutgers] Professor Steve Edwards {Birkbeck] - Trademark John Heartfield

Andres Zervigon (Rutgers University) considers Heartfield's appropriation and reuse of the imagery and symbols of others to produce a unique form of photomontage. With a Q&A chaired by Professor Steve Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London).

The photomontage artist John Heartfield famously made bracing political pictures in a time of crisis. His cut-and-paste compositions lampooned his opponents such as Adolf Hitler, praised his heroes such as Vladimir Lenin, and generally reflected his moment’s distorted shape.

At the core of his work, however, stood not just the artist’s passionate politics but also his sober lessons in trademarking, which he had learned as a student of advertising design before the First World War.

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