Beyond The Image – A Critical Text Writing Workshop

BEYOND THE IMAGE

A CRITICAL TEXT WRITING WORKSHOP

 

Artist statements and motivation notes (or letters) for various kinds of portfolio reviews and entries into artistic and curatorial projects are critical to the development of photographers who intend to push their careers further.

These items act as a cap to the finished work of art or even a work in progress.  Experience has shown that they should be kept short and as simple as possible, straight to the point and without ambiguity.

There are three identifiable reflections within the medium of art photography – the artistic, curatorial and conceptual.  These connect in tandem with each other to define a complete photographic work or a work still in progress that has its foundation in content, context and the relevance of the subject being addressed.

Within this creative body of processes lies the textual component.  Writing is key to the work of the artist and a good artist statement and motivation note helps to give credence and weight to the work to make it stand out and understandable by the critical audience, the media and the public.

Most artists (even photographers) get stuck at the point of writing critical texts for their projects and consequently miss out of opportunities that come their way.  They, therefore, loose exposure to a wider audience provided by platforms like photography festivals, biennales, competitions and awards, artist-in-residency programmes etc.

The workshop aims to address this area identified to be a shortfall in the creative process of photographers in Nigeria. The Nlele Institute faculty (Uche Okpa-Iroha and Charles Okereke) will work with 10 (ten) participants for one week with a series of hands-on writing sessions and reviews.  Sample materials will also be made available as development guide for all the participants.

The participants are required to bring at least two portfolios not more than three years and be ready to be committed to the workshop.

For participation, send your short bio, self-portrait, a motivation letter of not more that 250 words, a recent body of work with a maximum of 20 images (JPEG, 72 dpi and 1200 pixels of the longest side) and an artist statement.

Send all required documents to [email protected]

Workshop fee is N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only)

Date: 13th – 17th June, 2016.

Venue: The Auditorium, Goethe Institut Nigeria, City Hall, 30 Catholic Misssion Street, Lagos Island.

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm Daily

Deadline for submission of entries is 30th May, 2016

More speakers will be announce soon

Press Release Lagos OPEN RANGE I

PRESS RELEASE

Lagos OPEN RANGE I

12 – 26 September, 2015,

Federal Government Printing Press and Goethe Institut Nigeria, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

You are cordially invited to the opening of the Lagos OPEN RANGE I

photography exhibition which primarily, is conceived to promote a new form of collaboration and presentation of photographs.

The Lagos photographic scene is idiosyncratic in outlook – more than any other African city. Lagos is a city of contradictions that starkly highlights the paradoxes in life as well as in nature. Here artists, photographers, freely swap ideas on various themes that often embrace politics, the economy and religion. Every new day sees the birth of a ‘star’ keen to make their mark in the seething cauldron that they are thrust into. The artists are domiciled in the city and the city is their subject matter. The chosen themes are often impromptu, but with the passage of time these have become ‘classics’ in their own right. The ‘classical’ themes paved the way for collaborations with local and global partners, with the resultant exposures within and on the international scene.

Artists where considered on their capacity to engage the city in diverse genres, styles and perspectives and create images that reflect on our contemporary lives within Lagos and beyond.

Participating artists in this maiden edition include Aderemi Adegbite, Enitan Adebowale, Andrew Esiebo, Tunji Lana, Rahima Gambo, Jeremiah Ikongio, Charles Otuke Ologeh and Logo Oluwamuyiwa. They poetically scrutinize significant dimensions of our realities in diverse genres, styles and perspectives.

The Lagos OPEN RANGE I is curated by renowned Nigerian photographer Abraham Oghobase and Video artist Jude Anogwih

The Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition and concurrent two-week event will run from the 12-26 September, 2015 at the Federal Government Printing Press, Broad Street Lagos and Goethe Institut Nigeria, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island. Exhibition opens 10am-4pm daily, and on appointment on weekends.

 

Uche Okpa-Iroha

 Director

The Nlele Institute/Lagos OPEN RANGE

44 Ladipo Bateye Street,

GRA Ikeja

Lagos

Nigeria.

Tel: 07055517026

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.tniacp.org.ng

 

 

Foto Party

Photography has long been recognized as a visual language in modern times with the power to communicate reality and perceptions about human conditions that cannot be communicated in any other way. It has informed, influenced and educated us about humanity through its power to report vividly the way we live and also by challenging the way society is run.

The Nlele Institute and VAN Lagos in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Nigeria will explore these highpoints to instill community cohesion with a quarterly visual-leisure event titled FOTOPARTY. The event will use visual imagery (photography and video art), music, entertainment and fun to rally the public and art-lovers. Visitors will enjoy live musical performances from DJ Afrologic’s electronic music-themed Back 2 D Future of Dance, which will follow up on the recent Electronic Soundscapes concert.

FOTOPARTY will provide a relaxed ambience of visual cocktail, lounge and music with a mixed community and guests. FOTOPARTY is fun, informal and open to like minds!

DATE

26 SEPTEMBER, 2015

VENUE

THE ROOF TOP

GOETHE INSTITUT, NIGERIA, CITY HALL

30 CATHOLIC MISSION STREET

LAGOS ISLAND

FOR SUBMISSION OF WORKS, SPONSORSHIP AND PARTICIPATION, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO:

[email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

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Photoprinting Workshop

UNDERSTANDING COLORS – from taking photos to printing the perfect image

A workshop from POPCAP & Artificial Image

Modern cameras take much away from photographers, often leaving the impression that they provide a substitute for technical knowledge and ability, and that the photographer need therefore only compose and take the photo. This misconception means that a lot of photographers fail to properly engage with the technical aspects of photography. When the image is made, the file is transmitted into the digital workflow, and the photographer misses the opportunity to consciously influence the photographic process.

Print service providers face similar challenges. Even if their equipment is perfectly configured, they often receive files that make it difficult to produce correct or good print results for clients. At the same time, images are now more than ever being shown in printed form, within a booming photo book market, growing festival scene and in exhibitions. It is therefore important for photographers to create the best possible image files in order to achieve the perfect image results for book, wall, and also for digital contexts. And it is precisely for this reason that an understanding of colour is essential.

This workshop translates colour into words. The best results will be achieved quickly using specifically chosen tools and relevant theoretical knowledge. All procedures will be demonstrated in a plausible and sustainable manner.

Workshop participants will learn how to convert the perfect digital colours into the perfect printed image, using their own cameras and images. Course content will be taught both theoretically and practically.

TARGET GROUP

The workshop is aimed at professional photographers (journalism, advertising, fashion, art) as well as print service providers who wish to provide their clients with a more reliable and consistent product in line with international standards. The workshop is also directed at advertising agencies and graphic design studios who wish to ensure a standardised colour workflow. Participants are expected to be present on all course days.

Participants are requested to send files in advance which they consider to be ready for production. During the workshop we will work with and on these files.

Up-load form: https://secure.jotformpro.com/POPCAP/Academy_Lagos

FACILITATORS

BEN FUGLISTER (POPCAP/PICLET) Benjamin_Fuegliste

Benjamin Füglister was born in 1978 in Switzerland and is an artist and cultural entrepreneur. He has lived in Berlin, Germany since the conclusion of his studies at the School of Art in Basel, Switzerland and at the School of Art in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In his artistic practice he addresses social conventions and their visual transformation, with a particular focus on photography as an interface for and visualisation of the variation of the human image. Füglister has worked as part of the editorial team at European Photography magazine since 2006 and in 2009 founded piclet.org, a platform for hand-picked photographic portfolios and a directory for photography festivals, magazines and institutes. He is the founder of POPCAP, the piclet.org Prize Africa, awarded annually since 2012. Füglister regularly reviews works at international photography festivals such as PhotoIreland, Eyes-On – Month of Photography in Vienna and Voies OFF. In 2014 he was a member of the judging panel for the FotoBookFestival Dummy Award in Kassel, Germany, and has worked as a nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet since 2015.

www.popcap.cc

www.piclet.org

www.benjaminfueglister.com


 

MICHAEL MARIA MULLER (ARTIFICIAL IMAGE, BERLIN)  michael

Since the early 1990s Michael Maria Müller has experimented with digital techniques; modifying them, developing them, and defying trends by sticking to certain tried and trusted techniques rather than using new print methods that do not herald comparably good results. His particular focus has always been on the papers used to print photographs, at times even using papers that others have not yet dared go near.

Although he works as a photographer, his domain has always been the laboratory. His special flair for colour depths and surfaces, materials and nuances of exposure has earned him the international esteem of a large number of major contemporary artists. He is perhaps most comparable to the great Pierre Gassmann, also an experienced photographer who worked from the 1930s onwards as a laboratory technician for the Magnum photo agency elite.

Müller gathered a vast array of experiences during his time working in various photo-industries and on different continents – experiences that have been slowly merging together in his Berlin laboratory Artificial Image for many years. He considers it particularly important that his work be understood not as an hermetic room in which the viewer is presented with a fait accompli, but rather as a forum for professional advice and exchange of expertise.

In the long-term he is pursuing the idea of ​​an open workshop in which photographers will have access to sophisticated, high-quality equipment, as well as expert advice, and in which workshop managers will be offered an insight into the variety of possibilities available to photographers through individual photographic coaching sessions and workshops.

His wealth of professional experience is not tied to one place, and Müller is therefore also available to interested individuals (for consultation) at his second home in Mombasa. Photography enthusiasts who find themselves there should definitely take advantage of this unique opportunity.

www.artificialimage.de

www.michaelmariamueller.net


 

DATE

17 – 19 SEPTEMBER, 2015

FACILITATORS

BEN FUGLISTER (POPCAP/PICLET),

MICHAEL MARIA MULLER (ARTIFICIAL IMAGE, BERLIN)

VENUE

GOETHE INSTITUT, NIGERIA, CITY HALL

30 CATHOLIC MISSION STREET

LAGOS ISLAND

REQUIREMENT

SUBMIT A SELF PORTRAIT, LETTER OF INTEREST AND BIO TO

[email protected]

 AND ALSO UPLOAD THE ONLINE FORM:

Up-load form: https://secure.jotformpro.com/POPCAP/Academy_Lagos

SPACES OPEN FOR ONLY 8 PARTICIPANTS

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

THE NLELE INSTITUTE, 44 LADIPO BATEYE STREET

GRA IKEJA,

LAGOS

EMAIL: [email protected]

TEL: 07055517026

LAGOS OPEN RANGE TIMETABLE

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Lagos OPEN RANGE: The Lens and Now

The Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition marks the jump-off for that exacting photographic collaboration and presentation we have been looking forward to for ages here in Nigeria. Lagos is running agog with amazing cultural (artistic and literary) events and programmes. These cultural activities also have exciting socio-political and sport related events happening alongside it.  These imaginative events are popping up all over the city and redefining its urban and creative landscape. I guess the cameras clique more these days than they did in the past years. We cannot but acknowledge and painstakingly catch up with the sporadic visual interpretations of these dynamics our ever-expanding city.

Again after all the brilliant projects and events around photography and experimental media arts pioneered by the CCA Lagos, AAF Lagos, VAN Lagos, the Nlele Institute amongst others, We though it was timely to deep our feet gingerly into some spritely fresh ponds and launch an in-depth and thought provoking photo project.

The Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition is primarily conceived to promote a new form of intuitive photography, photographers and video artists who ordinarily getting the critical attention their works deserve.  The exhibition is to give visibility to all the artists who have a consistent practice and show signs of promise to develop exceedingly their oeuvres. We are ambitious about the Open Range and hope it transits into a bi-annual event that will explore the new diversities, fragmentations and relationships of photographic images to subjects, spaces and scenarios in Nigeria and (potentially) beyond. The specificity of Lagos, the daring eyes of the artists and the commentaries on our contemporary lives indeed inspires the project and the curatorium’s genuine aspiration to realise through this exhibition and publication.

The selected artists, Aderemi Adegbite, Enitan Adebowale, Andrew Esiebo, Tunji Lana, Rahima Gambo, Jere Ikongio, Charles Otuke Ologeh, Logor Olumuyiwa, in this maiden edition poetically scrutinize significant dimensions of our realities in diverse genres, styles and perspectives.

The images presented reflect sensitive evidences of the artist’s interaction and intimacy with his space. They are a temporal extension of the delightful moments and dimensions within the city. Despite the traditional pictorial look of the images, there are obvious senses of scultpurality, nudity and hierarchical essence in the subject formations of the selected works. One cannot equally fail to recognize a metrical model of subjectivity the works reflect in detail. These topographical presented in colour and traditional format of black-and-white photography generate precise dialectics of our histories, contemporaneity and imminent expectations.

Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition will consist an exhibition and resource/professional section that will include workshops, seminars, conversations and conferences.

Uche Okpa-Iroha

Director

The Nlele Institute/Lagos OPEN RANGE

Curators, The Lagos OPEN RANGE 2015

Abraham Oghobase

Abraham Onoriode Oghobase was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1979. He studied at the Yaba College of Technology’s School of Art, Design and Printing in Lagos, majoring in photography. Understudying Nigerian painter and photographer Deji Ajose and the acclaimed sculptor and photographer Uche James Iroha, Oghobase received further Abraham Oghobase-Head Faculty of Photographymentorship in the early stages of his career from French-Algerian photographer Bruno Boudjelal.
A quest for the purpose of existence has led Oghobase to a unique form of art, as he explores issues relating to human emotions and identity against specific socio-economic backdrops, often using himself as material for his performance-based work. His photography has been exhibited in his home country of Nigeria and across Africa and Europe. Oghobase’s work is also part of private collections, including the KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland and most recenty he’s been longlisted for the IMIA-AGO Photography Prize.

 


 

Jude Anogwih

Jude Anogwih is a multimedia artist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. His work Judeinterrogates the concept of identity, mobility and migration. They take the form of experimental photo-painting/drawing, video, installation and producing maps. His work has been shown at several international art exhibitions and projects such as Concreta Sonho – Resident Artists (Solo Show) Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria; Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte e Tecnologia, JACA, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Anogwih was a Goethe Institut Fellow at the Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany.

 

DATE

12 – 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015

VENUE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRINTING PRESS

BROAD STREET, MARINA

LAGOS ISLAND

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

THE NLELE INSTITUTE, 44 LADIPO BATEYE STREET

GRA IKEJA,

LAGOS

EMAIL: [email protected]

TEL: 07055517026

LAGOS OPEN RANGE TIMETABLE

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