Quicksand is a colloquial term that refers to loose wet sand that yields easily to pressure and sucks in anything resting on or falling into it. It can be a bad or dangerous situation from which it is hard to escape.
Photography in history has always witnessed situations analogous to this term and has been in between man and his conflicts for several decades. From the World Wars I and II, and as near as the Arab spring to the very recent concepts of the “Occupy” and “#” (hashtag) movements in contemporary times, conflicts (whether political, economic or social) has seen incidents go awfully wrong or mismanaged by countries and the law enforcement agencies. Recently, it has been especially depressing to see these agencies in Nigeria and other parts of the world failing to cope with the raw tactics or anarchist and looters.
Photographers, photojournalist and the media – by being in the midst of civil unrest, disturbances and protests, swirl around and over these conflagrations. Their participation shows the viewing public how events unfold between the crowd and the law.
The omnipresence of the photographer in such conflicts forms the central theme of the workshop from where we can find other points of departure in an effort to question the human angle of these conflicts, examine the role of the photographer as a citizen exercising his/her civic duties and then explore the world of art embedded in them.
The workshop will adopt a conceptual approach in drawing the line for who (the photographer, the law and the crowd) stands where!
Workshop Date : 15/12 – 19/12/2014
Trainers : Uche Okpa-Iroha