Arturo Soto – The Psycho-Geography of a British City

Virtual event


November 30, 2021
10:00–11:00AM EST

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How can photography challenge stereotypes of a well known city? Is it possible to picture the politics of a place? What are the costs and benefits of asking these questions from the position of the outsider? 

In this event, Mexican-born photographer Arturo Soto discusses these themes in his work about the British university city of Oxford following the controversial “Brexit” referendum that led to the UK leaving the European Union.

Soto’s work has been published in his book “A Certain Logic of Expectations”, which is described as proposing a counter-narrative of Oxford. Drawing on psycho-goegraphy, and using an interplay of words and text, the work reflects on the contested relationship between visual representation and the history and myths of a particular location.


Arturo Soto

Arturo Soto was born in 1981 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He has published the photobooks In the Heat (2018) and A Certain Logic of Expectations (2021). Soto holds a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Oxford, an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Art History from University College London. He curated the exhibition Foreign Correspondence at the Architectural Association and took part in the first edition of Forecast Platform at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
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