Jasmin (Jas) Pannier
Hi I'm Jasmin (pronounced Yas-mean)! I am an independent curator and scholar of nineteenth century photography. I’m particularly interested in representations of colonized, annexed, and occupied places. My research is focused on uncovering a more complex cultural formation within colonialism and post-colonialism which encompasses tourism, travel, transnational identity, cultural-cross dressing, and the idea of an authentic experience.
Working with scientific, official, commercial, and vernacular photography, I am particularly interested in the nineteenth-century British instrumentalization of photography and in its imbrication in status making. I explore conceptualizations of photographic indexicality, photographic constructions of Empire, and the implications of new technologies on the human body.
While I teach various art historical courses at Riverside Community College, Moreno Valley College, and at the Laguna College of Art & Design, I am also a curator for a co-working space in Irvine. The idea of ‘travel’ and ‘tourism’ informs my curating in a collaborative space, as I think of the overarching theme of ‘art and the everyday’. In the past year, the gallery was transformed into a virtual space, and I began thinking about the day-to-day mediations within digital media, internet cultures, and emerging technologies.
Conc[art]enation began as a simple pun. A play on words to describe my ever-evolving journey through grad school as I shifted my focus from sixteenth-century political portraits in the court of Henry VIII to photography in Afghanistan and India in the nineteenth century. My CV can be downloaded here.