sarah lightman
 
     

 

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Writer and Lecturer Statement

My art and academic writing contextualise and accompany my fine art practice and curatorial projects. I have written for newspapers, books and journals on my artwork and academic research. 

Publications include: The Cincinnati Review, Studies in Comics, The International Journal of Comics Art, Haaretz, The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Renaissance, The Jewish Quarterly, The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures (Routledge), Trauma, Narratives and Herstory (Palgrave Macmillan), 1001 Comics to Read before You Die (Cassel), The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma (Peter Lang),The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction (Edinburgh University Press), and Critical Engagements.

I edited the multi-award winnning Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland). (see reviews below)

I co-edited "Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women", a Special Issue of Studies in Comics 6:2.(2015 )with Andrea Greenbaum and Heike Bauer

I co-edited "Centre Stage and on the Page - Women in Comics", a Special Issue of Studies in Comics 7:2(2015 ) with Catriona MacLeod.

I was Chair of the Women In Comics Conference Committee.

I have chaired Women in Comics (2009) and Women in Comics II (2010).

I am frequently a guest lecturer at museums, galleries and universities where I speak about my artwork and research - recent invitations include: The Whitechapel Gallery, The Southbank Centre, California College of The Arts,The Free Word Centre,  The House of Ilustration, Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society, McMaster University, Penn State Medical School, Dickinson College and Birkbeck College.

I have taught classes at Roehampton University, London College of Communications, Glasgow University and JW3, The JCC For London. I have been an external supervisor for an MA at California College of The Arts.


Photography by Old Dominion University Photographer Anne M. Peterson.

Reviews of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Graphic Details is much more than a book. It is an exhibition about women who make an exhibition of themselves; a re-envisioning of the comics canon that has too often been seen as exclusively male; a celebration of difference; and a deeply immersive response to what it might mean to be a Jewish woman artist in the 21st century.... Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness.

Ariel Kahn in Jewish Quarterly

Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews is a wonderful resource... Lightman is clearly a tour de force and the energy and care required to assemble Graphic Details produced a vital, hybrid, indubitably important... volume from which people can discover and appreciate new idioms.

Hillary L. Chute  in Images

The journey of Lightman’s book is a journey of empowerment of Jewish women, and a reminder, as psychoanalysis tells us, of the value of the creative personal expression. Hopefully it will also be an inspiration for any person interested in what needs to be said, even if it is said in a beautiful way, as an antidote to a legendary curse of just echoes.

Helen Blejerman in Berfrois

While the book can be seen as an accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name, Graphic Details succeeds as a stand-alone guidebook to some of the best Jewish women comics artists working today.

Wendy Weitzner Wasman for Jewish Book Council

 

A "marvellous anthology of essays, interviews and artwork".

Steven Bergson in the Association of Jewish Librarians

"Ultimately, this collection succeeds because it subverts the male gaze: Instead, these Jewish women artists and writers look inward. These women tell their own stories. Their raw confessional comics are creating a revolutionary way for us to recover the hole in the bagel, recognizing the absence in the genre that we weren’t even aware was missing, and while the artists are diverse in sexuality, age, region, and religious affiliation, the shared commonality of grappling with Jewish identity, simultaneously disavowing and embracing Jewish culture, adds immeasurably to the complex web of Jewish comics and graphic novels."

Andrea Greenbaum in Moment Magazine

"I am constantly asked, 'Are there any Jewish women comics artists? Really? Enough to have a whole exhibition about them?' I knew I had to find a way to get the word out about the talented women working in comics today."

Editor Sarah Lightman is interviewed by Ariel Kahn in The Jewish Chronicle

Interview: Sarah Lightman in The Jewish Chronicle

 

Graphic Details is a much-needed book both because of its specific information and for the fact it touches on subjects long ignored. While supplying added depth for people who are already fans of the medium, it gives insights to non-fans about why comics are so popular.

In words and pictures, the women in Graphic Details show what it’s like to be a woman, what it’s like to be Jewish, and what it’s like to be human and find universal connections in the despair, triumph and love they experience in their lives.

- See more at: http://lilith.org/blog/tag/danica-davidson/#sthash.vd0PgdX5.dpuf

Graphic Details is a much-needed book both because of its specific information and for the fact it touches on subjects long ignored. While supplying added depth for people who are already fans of the medium, it gives insights to non-fans about why comics are so popular.

In words and pictures, the women in Graphic Details show what it’s like to be a woman, what it’s like to be Jewish, and what it’s like to be human and find universal connections in the despair, triumph and love they experience in their lives.

Danica Davidson "The Very Surprising History of Jewish Women in Comic Books" in Lilith

 

 

© Sarah Lightman 2013