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.
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
June - Aug 2020
The Camera as Political Apparatus: An Unromantic take on Documentary Practice
25 May to 6 Aug 2020
ONCE 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 designers 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.
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
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