Rape is Political

Photography as social practice

workshop con Lina Pallotta e Ashfika Rahman

Sabato 15 e domenica 16 ottobre, dalle 10 alle 17
220 euro (più 30 euro per quota associativa 2022)
prezzo early bird 190 euro fino al 15 settembre

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Title: Photography as social practice:  Exploring new narratives 
The discussion over to explore photography as a social tool. We live in a different and difficult time in terms of political, economic, environmental and many more challenges.  This workshop will be dedicated to exploring different narratives from the frame of individual or collaboration. As witnesses, this is time to reflect on this complicated narrative we are dealing with every day. Write a different narrative that not only records but also addresses a deep understanding  of possibilities not as an outsider but includes the community as a collaborator.

As a visual storyteller how to design an inclusive narrative? testify the propagation? How to be empathetic to the protagonist? This workshop will explore the thin line that defines the boundaries between our personal vision and the subject we want to study. Also, questions if the personal is political.

The focus is to discuss the existing and potential work of the students, analyzing others’ work. The idea is to raise awareness of patriarchal, colonial and racist structures in photography and reflect with an appropriate approach. We will learn creative ways of reframing the world through our own visual metaphors, going beyond the objective/subjective dilemma and stressing the importance of the emotional message and the elements needed to tell a story. We will value the content and the need to establish a personal point of view as a means of questioning the prevailing visual alphabet.

We will try to find solutions, endlessly partial, to the crucial questions of reality-based photography: how can we challenge the prevailing conventions of storytelling and reach for our deep emotions? How can we avoid the cliché and learn how to read the picture beyond our preconceived ideas? Can that perceptive moment of collision between inside/outside lead us to a different and unique understanding of what happens around us?

Lina-PallottaLina Pallotta. Classe 1955, fotografa campana, vive tra NY e Roma. Nel 1990 si diploma in Fotogiornalismo e Documentario Fotografico all’ICP-International Center of Photography di New York. Ha lavorato per l’agenzia Impact Visuals Agency (NY) e dal 1992 al 2002 per l’Agenzia Grazia Neri di Milano.
Ha pubblicato per varie riviste nazionali e internazionali. Numerose le mostre personali e collettive, in Europa e America, tra le quali al Queens Museum of Art (New York) e a L’Atelier de Visu (Marsiglia). Tra i premi ottenuti The Catalogue Project 1998 della New York Foundation for the Arts.
Ha pubblicato “Shattering Myths And Claiming The Futur” (2002); “Piedras Negras” (1999); “ImmaginAction-poesia in movimento” (1999); “I’m from Lower East Side” (1998). Dal 1990 ha insegnato e tenuto stage per diversi istituti come l’ICP e l’Empire State College di New York.

Rahman_AshfikaAshfika Rahman is based in Dhaka, BD. She is a visual artist, teacher and art initiator. Her practice straddles art and documentary. Photography is the predominant medium through which she expresses her views on social issues, especially about the violence against minorities, tribal or ethnic groups of people in remote hills or villages in the peripheries of Bangladesh. Her social-activist mother inspired her journey. In each of her works, she tries to challenge the mainstream perspective on complex systemic social issues in the periphery of her home country and raise awareness globally about these alarming threats to humanity.

Rahman has exhibited in festivals and museums internationally including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Dhaka Art Summit, BD; Lumix Festival, DE; Chobi Mela X, BD; Jimei x Arles photo festival, CN; FORMAT Festival, UK; F3 – Freiraum for Fotografie, Berlin, DE; Alserkal Avenue, UAE; Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film, SG; Photo 2022, AUS; Indian Photo Festival, IN; Photo SCHWEIZ, Zürich, CH; Bikaner House, IN; demarkten, BE; Downtown, UAE; Bangladesh National Museum, BD; Bangladesh Art Week, BD. She had a solo show at the Vitrine Gallery, CH and the Drik Gallery, BD.

Ashfika holds lectures and conferences, e.g. at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst; FHNW – University of Applied Sciences Northwestern, Switzerland; Institut Kunst Gender Natur (IAGN), Switzerland and the Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany. She participated in several portfolio review sessions as a reviewer, including the Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia and the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Germany.  

 In 2018 she received the Joop Swart Master Class by World Press Photo Foundation. She joined as a teacher at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, BD and is a member of the MAPS images agency, Belgium. She is the current artistic partner of The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Bangladesh