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Artist Talk Susan Meiselas

On February 15, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas (US, 1948) will be at FOMU for an exclusive Artist Talk. The Artist Talk is organized in the context of the exhibition Susan Meiselas - Mediations, which is on at FOMU from 17.02.2023 to 04.06.2023. After the talk, Meiselas will sign her books in the FOMU shop.

During this evening a new edition of the FOMU magazine Trigger will be launched. Meiselas is guest editor of this issue.


  • 7 pm: Doors
  • 7 pm -8 pm: Expo Susan Meiselas - Mediations is open for visitors
  • 8 pm - 8.50 pm: Artist Talk Susan Meiselas (intro by Anne Ruygt, curator FOMU)
  • 9 pm - 9.15 pm: Interview Susan Meiselas & Tom Viaene (Trigger Magazine)
  • 9.15 pm - 9.30 pm: Q&A
  • 9.30 pm-10 pm: Book signing by Susan Meiselas in FOMU shop (possibility to purchase books in FOMU shop)

FOMU café is open until 11 pm.


For nearly five decades, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas (US, 1948) has been using her camera to bear witness and to connect with people. Meiselas has travelled the world and tackled a wide range of subjects, from the sex industry to war and human rights violations.

She draws attention to what is often hidden or ignored by the public. Susan Meiselas continually seeks direct contact and dialogue with the people she portrays. Her approach is collaborative and incorporates her subjects’ perspectives.

 Meiselas conducts visual field studies that can span years and in which photographs rarely stand alone. While photography remains the artist’s primary medium, she has increasingly employed other formats—including books, videos and sound recordings—to elaborate on her photographic work and to build stories around it.

 Her work is driven by urgent questions about who photographs serve, not only what they show. Today, Meiselas is considered to have paved the way for both photography that is politically engaged, systematically documented, reflected on and contextualised, and that which closely involves the subjects in the work.

 This retrospective takes its name from an installation created by the artist as a critical look at the photographs she took during the popular uprising in Nicaragua in 1978 and 1979. The title, Mediations, reflects Meiselas’ overarching aspirations for photography: “You think it is useful to go out into the world or you don’t. I am someone who does see the value in that. But it is only worth doing if you become a bridge for information and ideas.”


Trigger is an online and printed magazine published by FOMU in collaboration with Fw:Books (Amsterdam). The magazine takes photography as a starting point for criticism, long reads, contemporary and historical research and artist contributions. Every year Trigger publishes a theme issue in collaboration with a guest editor. For the fourth edition, Trigger #4: Together, Trigger collaborated with American photographer Susan Meiselas, who contributed to the choices and composition.

Trigger #4: Together
explores various forms of collaboration in photography. Sixteen contributions engage with strategies of co-creation that stretch notions of authorship and ownership, breaking through existing heteronormative, state-owned, or hyper-individual categories.

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