WORKSHOP: CRITICIZING POWER THROUGH IMAGES

Time: Saturday, 8 December, 10:00–17:00, including a lunch break.
Cost: 30 € (members of the filmArche: 10 €).
Participation is only possible after registration at: caspar@roma-filmfestival.com
Place: ORi – Forum artistic picture media e.V. – Friedelstraße 8, 12047 Berlin
Workshop language: German

Photographs can put us in contact with diverse and complex realities. They have always been used to disseminate generalized projections of groups and people and thus to legitimize power structures. A camera is not an innocent object. Anyone who takes photographs or makes films perpetuates this legitimacy when producing and publishing internalized and unreflective images.

This workshop encourages the participants to become aware of their own internalized images and perceptions, especially those of places and groups within Berlin’s urban space.

Using a variety of artistic methods, such as theater, performance, collage, drawing, and photography, the participants will gain and recognize their “visual culture” formed by art, advertising, cinema, news, etc, in a non-cognitive form. A focal point in the workshop will be the understanding of the camera and its settings – focal lengths, framing, point of view, and focus can impact the framing of discourse against specific groups, reflecting how these elements can be used to put people in positions of power and positions lacking power.

The workshop introduces interested parties to the subject of power structures and photography.

If possible, participants should bring their own camera. Please let us know if this is not possible (caspar@roma-filmfestival.com).

Speakers:

Isaumir Nascimento (photographer and art educator) and Yili Rojas (artist and educational consultant). www.fotografieundmacht.wordpress.com.