Monday, September 20, 2010

Gallery Artist Susan Meiselas In A Unique Workshop With Joan Fontcuberta

Workshops EMERGENT-LLEIDA 2010

Workshop: "MEMORY, DOCUMENT AND STORYTELLING " with Susan Meiselas and Joan Fontcuberta

As artistic and documentary practices converge, non-fiction narratives turn to storytelling strategies in a hybrid genre employing photography, video, audio, text, etc.

The workshop explores the new paths of narrative photography in light of creative and critical techniques involved in storytelling.

Therefore, Joan Fontcuberta has invited the well-known photojournalist Susan Meiselas, a member of Magnum and author of complex documentary projects. Through different styles and purposes, they will combine their teaching and professional photography experience to work on ways of explaining both reality through fiction and fiction through reality.

This workshop, which will have a theoretical-practical focus, is ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs, visual artists, journalists, students and anyone interested in image and visual communication.

Susan Meiselas has belonged to Magnum since 1976. She has published the books Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora's Box, Encounters with the Dani and the monographic compilation In History.

Meiselas is known for her documentary work involving the subject of human rights in Latin America. Her photographs are included in important public collections and international museums. She has won many awards (Robert Capa Gold Medal, Hasselblad Prize, Leica Award for Excellence...) and in 1992 she received the prestigious MacArthur grant.

Over the course of nearly four decades of prolific photography practice, Joan Fontcuberta has developed a body of work simultaneously consisting of creation and reflection, which analyzes the conflicts between nature, technology, photographic image and truth. He has been a guest professor at different international universities and currently at the Communications Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In 2010 he published La cámara de Pandora. La fotografi@ después de la fotografía and A través del espejo. His first feature film, the fictional documentary Era rusa y se llamaba Laika , was broadcast on Spain's public TV channel 2 on August 15th 2010.


A workshop in five sessions to explore the relationships between literature and photography by considering aspects such as the natures of both forms of expression, their incompatibilities and their crossroads. Is there such a thing as literary photography? Has photography taken on the same categories as narrative prose? How do word and image affect each other? Is their way of representing reality antagonistic or are they increasingly mingled to the point of creating a new language? These and other questions will arise over the course of the two days as we speak of narrative prose, poetry, essays, personal the realm of creative photography.

Workshop "Memory, document and storytelling "
Date: October 8th, 9th and 10th 2010
Place: County library
Town: Tàrrega (Lleida-Spain)
Applications accepted until September 30th on the festival website space is limited

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