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TALK · Deborah Willis (US) in conversation with Nina Cramer

10 June @ 19:00 - 20:30


Deborah Willis (US) in conversation with Nina Cramer

The world-famous photographer Deborah Willis is a leading figure in the cultural history of photography and has a particular focus on the representation of women and African Americans in art. On June 10, you can experience Deborah Willis at the International Photographer’s Stage in The Black Diamond in conversation with PhD Student Nina Cramer. 

As both a researcher, communicator, photographer and writer, Deborah Willis is internationally recognised for her studies of the representation and production of the African American body and history. These are themes that are expressed both in her art and research, and which are unfolded in books such as The Black Civil War Soldier (2021), Black: A Celebration of a Culture (2014), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009).

Willis’ work is a strong starting point for a more diverse representation in art. With her research and visibility, Deborah Willis has had a great impact on the representation of minorities in photography and has been a growing source of inspiration for other artists. This is precisely the starting point for the conversation in The Black Diamond, which will be about the body and art, but also about beauty – a concept Willis has continuously worked with.

Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis is an internationally renowned photographer, writer, curator. Willis is a university professor and head of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Additionally, she is director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture/Institute of African American Affairs. Willis’s art and groundbreaking research focus on cultural histories that imagine the black body, women and gender, and she has received a wide range of international and American prizes and awards for her work.

Nina Cramer

Nina Cramer is a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. In her research, she deals with the art history of the African diaspora in the Nordics from the end of the 18th century until today (diaspora can be defined as a group that lives outside the homeland). Her PhD thesis deals with Afrodiasporic contemporary artistic practices and discourses in Denmark between the 1980s and 2020s.

Tickets and more information: https://www.kb.dk/en/events/international-photographers-stage-deborah-willis-us-conversation-nina-cramer



Monday 10. June 2024 at 19:00 (1h 30m), The Queen’s Hall in The Black Diamond



  • Normal: 125 kr. 
  • Annual Pass: 75 kr.
  • Student: 65 kr. 
  • DM & MA members: free


BONUS – pretalk June 10, at 17.00

You can also attend a special pre-talk on the same evening, where you will gain even more perspectives on the role of photography in cultural history. The pre-talk draws on both historical and contemporary depictions of the Danish West Indies and the development of Denmark’s national identity and culture since the 1800s. The event is free for quests with an annual pass to The Black Diamond. 

More information: https://www.kb.dk/en/events/pretalk-deborah-willis


10 June
19:00 - 20:30
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Det Kgl. Bibliotek
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
København, 1221 Danmark
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