Double Dummy considers that the process of photographic production, circulation and consumption is unavoidably intertwined with ethical and political dimensions: power, identity, gender, race, history, etc. It promotes a critical photographic practice, that is self-aware of its role within the contemporary world/system, and which is capable of offering us ways of seeing that questions hegemonic representations.
Likewise, Double Dummy will considers that the objective of documentary photography is not only to show the consequences of certain events, but rather uncover power structures at the origin of these events. It is therefore opposed to documentary photography as a way of an aestheticized representation of socio-political problems.
In this sense, Double Dummy proposes to rethink the nature and objectives of documentary photography to make it more responsive to the challenges of today's society. However, we believe this redefinition should be established based on dialogue and exchange between the different actors involved in the documentary field. Double Dummy was born to contribute to this task.
In 2020 we founded Zur, a new platform dedicated to research, creation and exchange that aims to interrogate the photographic practices that are currently taking place in Latin America, focusing in particular on the links that these establish (or not) with the ways of making and thinking about photography that are developing in other regions of the planet. In this sense, Zur seeks to problematize the territory of "Latin American photography" by discussing its displacements, borders, hybridizations, cross breedings, decentralizations, delusions, contradictions, utopias, and dystopias. The interest of Zur is thus to put in tension the Latin American photographic practice with all its otherness, but not only with those who inhabit the "outside" but also in its own "inside".
ZUR is composed of a team of two artist-teachers-researchers : Alejandro Leon Cannock & Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo.
25 May to 6 Aug 2020ONCE UPON A TIME ... Atelier NŌUA and DoubleDummy is delighted to present their first online educational program Once upon a time ... by Mathieu Asselin and Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo. Throughout the activities of this educational program, there will be a series of events held online for artists, photographers, students, curators, designers, curious minds, and other interested parties discussing the issues within documentary photography today. The lectures, seminars, courses, and talks are compiled by Asselin and Valenzuela Escobedo in collaboration with Marianne Bjørnmyr and Dan Mariner will be shared from May 25th to August 14th in NŌUA online platform. The educational program consists of a two-month workshop and a public program. The public program consists of six artist talks, seven photobook designer's presentations, and two lectures. The guest speakers for this first online program on protest and engagement are photographers, designers, and curators that somehow are developing works related to long-term projects that propose to rethink the nature and objectives of documentary photography to make it more responsive to the challenges of today’s society. Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Laia Abril, Anthony Luvera, Max Pinckers, and Newsha Tavakolian will be sharing their work, their process, and their vision with Sunil Shah in real-time ‘live’ discussion. Adam Bromberg and Ana Kaisa Rastemberg will be giving an oral presentation intended to present information about a particular subject. Roger Williams, Ramon Peza, Eleana Schlenker, Ricardo Báez, Nina Bačun & Roberta Bratović, Hans Gremmen, and Lewis Bush meet online to open their InDesign files and discuss their choices, inspirations via video conference. The main idea is to bring together a community of photographers, critics, intellectuals, etc. to discuss and exchange information, ideas, and experiences that highlight the current challenges, prospects, and frontiers in contemporary documentary photography. The online public program is supported by the Arts Council Norway. Guest: Mathieu Asselin & Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo, Roger Willems, Adam Broomberg, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Ramon Pez, Anna Kaisa Rastenberger, Laia Abril, Elana Schlenker, Anthony Luvera, Ricardo Báez, Max Pinckers, Nina Bačun & Roberta Bratović, Newsha Tavakolian, Hans Gremmen, Lewis Bush
Why Exhibit: Positions on Exhibiting. In her lecture 'Why Exhibit - Positions on Exhibiting Photography' Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger talks about beds, windows, screens, and attitudes. She discusses attempts to curate contemporary documentary photography and a feminist business of display.
Ricardo talking about his work as a photobook designer, and sharing some of his projects. In particular insight into the amazing journey of Mathieu Asselin's book Monsanto.
Mathieu and Sergio is in their talk reflecting upon the (im)possibilities of working in protest and engagement in a research based photography projects.
The talk is held in conversation with Sunil Shah.
Roger Willems talking about his work as a photobook designer, and sharing a selection of selected projects.
Ramon Pez talking about his work as a photobook designer, and sharing some selected projects.
Elana Schlenker talking about her work as a photobook designer, and sharing some of her selected projects.
Through gestures of resistance, embracing the poetic and listening to her inner voice, Newsha Tavakolian navigates the world of photography. In this conversation with Sunil Shah, they discuss her experience as an Iranian photographer on the world stage and as a woman who has found an enigmatic visual space for the voiceless in the Middle East.
Stanley will be in conversation with Sunil Shah about his book 'One Wall a Web' discussing its themes and contexts. Racism and gendered violence in today's America sets the context for Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa's 'One Wall a Web' made in collaboration with Roger Willems and released on Roma Publications in 2018. This conversation with Sunil Shah examines the book, its wider implications around race and society and the multi-layered intersections of subjectivity in its use of texts and visual approaches to documentary.
Contesting photography's documentary status for a decade now, Max Pinckers has produced a number of projects that navigate around a set of critical questions. In a post-truth world, these questions have become even more relevant and pressing.
In this talk with Sunil Shah, he discusses his work and processes and sheds light on the speculative futurity of the medium.
Hans Gremmen talking about his work as a photobook designer, and sharing some of his selected projects. Hans Gremmen is a graphic designer, based in Amsterdam. He works in the field of photography, architecture and fine arts and has designed over 300 books, and won various awards for his experimental designs. Among them a Golden Medal in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition. In 2008, he founded publishing house Fw:Books; a publishing house with a focus on photography related projects and books. Together with Roma Publications and Premiss he recently started ENTER ENTER, a space for books; a project space in the centre of Amsterdam which explores the boundaries of the book.
Nina Bačun & Roberta Bratović talking about their work as photobook designers and members of the collective Oaza. Their talk is concerned around the topics that occupy their practice, books that they co-create, design and publishing in an all female collective.
Working with people who have experienced homelessness for over 15 years, Anthony Luvera uses photography as a tool for expression, self-determination and social activism. In a conversation with Sunil Shah, examples from several projects which build community through collaboration and amplify voices of those socially excluded is discussed.
Lewis is in this talk reflecting upon the possibilities that a book offers, but also the many directions that books can still be pushed in. The photobook world is conservative, and while there is many ideas being repeated many amazing possibilities are still to be explored. Lewis’ current project is partly an attempt to open up some of those possibilities, and he is through this talk hoping to trigger some debate about what we mean when we talk about a 'photobook'.
A series of meetings and a studio intervention.
We believe that for you, as well as for us, this is an important and complicated issue: a lot of open questions and unclear answers, which is the reason why we want to meet with you and explore how our decisions as curators, artists, critics, writers can affect the ethics of our work, as well the much urgent global issues. How our work can coexist, if, with the omnipresence of private and corporate money in the photography world: the Whitney Museum and Warren Kanders, Photo London and the Dorchester Collection, Nan Goldin and Sackler, etc, etc.
Guests: Laia Abril, Max Pinckers, Emma Bowkett, Karen Paulina Biswell, Lewis Bush, Monica Alliende, Lina Pallotta, Salvatore Vitale, and Luis Weinstein.
For more information and to download the newsprint for free here:
July 6, 2019
Luis Weinstein presentation of "Una revisión del Fotolibro Chileno", the culmination of the research initiated in 2017 on photobooks in Chile by Sud Fotográfica.
For more information, download the book for free here: http://www.sudfotografica.cl/publicaciones.html
12 – 20 July 2019
The Camera as Political Apparatus: Protest and Engagement in Documentary Photography
8 Rue Fauré, 13200 Arles, France
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