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BCI Colloquium: Antonio Damasio in Conversation

with Photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh and Britt Salvesen

Antonio Damasio will engage in a conversation with photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh and LACMA Photography Curator Britt Salvesen


Jean-Baptiste Huynh's individuality is recognizable in a large body of work that ranges from portraits and nudes to still-lifes. His thematic preoccupations include the face - and the human gaze in particular - the play of light, and the attempt to capture a sense of timelessness and infinity. Huynh considers the staging of his installations - their scenography - along with the conception of his books, as integral parts of his artistic vision. He has authored nine volumes dedicated to portraiture. In 2012, the Louvre invited Huynh to show R?nence, a collection of his photographs inspired by objects in the Museum's collection, making him the youngest living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Louvre. In 2006, the National School of Fine Arts of Paris devoted a retrospective to Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Le Regard a loeuvre, which brought together his studies of the human face in a variety of world cultures. The Villa Medicis Prize and the Kodak Prize stand among his several awards.

Jean-Baptiste Huynh has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide, including the Sonnabend Gallery (New York), the Beyeler Gallery (Switzerland), Camera Work Photo Gallery (Berlin), the National Foundation for Photography (Italy), the Moscow House of Photography (Russia), the Osaka University of Art (Japan), and the European House of Photography (Paris). His work is represented in major art collections worldwide.


Britt Salvesen joined LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in 2009 as curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department. Her LACMA exhibitions include the recent See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition - The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection (2014), and Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape (2010); Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings (2012); Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa - Art and Film; John Divola: As Far as I Could Get (2013). She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her PhD from the University of Chicago.