Marie-Kathrin Blanck, Assistant Curator, Photographs (Art Fund)
I will be at RAMM for the next six months (April – September 2019) working with the photographs in RAMM’s collections. The Art Fund supports my post, which aims to train me as a curator of photographs. The first six months of my ‘traineeship’ I spent in the Photographs section at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Here I gained further skills and knowledge I hope to expand upon at RAMM.
I am looking forward to researching the material in the different collections. These include fine art photographs, lanterns slides and a photographic album in the Ethnography collection.
Based on this research one of my main tasks will be to help inform a policy for the future collecting of photographs at RAMM. I am also very interested to explore the vibrant contemporary photography scene in Devon and will be working with photographer Garry Fabian Miller.
T: 01392 265877
Before RAMM and the V&A, I worked at various cultural institutions in Germany, where I was born. I studied Art History at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg and hold an MA in Curating from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. My main research interests focus on institutional histories of photography in Germany and the UK. For my BA dissertation I analysed Prince Albert’s patronage of photography, specifically his connection with German museums. Currently I am researching photographic processes and their materiality. I am very interested in photographic negatives and hope to undertake PhD research relating to this in the future. I recently co-curated the exhibition There Not There (The Courtauld Gallery, 14 June to 15 July 2018), contributed to preparations for the new V&A Photography Centre and assisted with the exhibition White Heat of British Industry, 1950s-60s: Photographs by Maurice Broomfield (Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 15 March 2019 to 6 May 2019).