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Annual Lab Cycle

Sculpting Narratives

A visual ensemble through aesthetics and identity in the documentary genre.

What?

Embark on an immersive journey in the “documentary” genre through this intensive 5-day workshop.

Who ?

Collaborative group work and personalized tutorials led by Myrto Papadopoulos, Alexandra Rose Howland and Cloé Kerhoas Özmen.

When?

19-23 June 2024
10:00 – 18:00

How to apply?

Apply through the online entry form until 9 June.
15 participants

“Sculpting Narratives” invites visual artists to join a workshop focused on the photographic process. This intensive five-day workshop will prioritize hands-on learning, immersing participants in content creation within the diverse landscape of the ‘documentary’ genre.

“Sculpting narratives”

Led by Myrto Papadopoulos, Alexandra Rose Howland and Cloé Kerhoas Özmen, distinguished and experienced photographers and editors – curators serving, each seminar session is tailored to foster the development of participants’ projects through collaborative group work and personalized tutorials.

Additional information

Participants are encouraged to submit two project ideas for consideration – either new or works in progress – and one of these ideas will be selected during the opening day of the workshop. As the workshop aims to foster creation of new work, all project ideas should center around exploration within the city of Athens.

Since the goal of this workshop is not to finalize a project but for the participants to engage with their artistic process and to choose a direction to develop a larger body of work over time, this laboratory is addressed to anyone who wishes to initiate a project within the city of Athens.

For international artists seeking to initiate projects within the city of Athens, an opportunity exists to engage the services of a fixer/translator. This service is available for a daily fee of 30 euros.

Daily schedule

Day 1:

  • 10:00 – 14:00: Myrto Papadopoulos and Alexandra Rose Howland will inaugurate the workshop by presenting their own works. Subsequently, individual and group sessions will be held to delve into the project ideas of the participants.
  • 15:00 onwards: Photography sessions.

Day 2:

  • 10:00 – 13:00: In-depth discussions on participants’ works.
    Myrto Papadopoulos will focus on diverse methodologies and approaches in constructing visual narratives. (All 3 instructors will be present)
  • 15:00 onwards: Photography sessions.

Day 3:

  • 10:00 – 13:00: Continued discussions on participants’ works.
    Alexandra Rose Howland will explore alternative processes, techniques, and innovation beyond conventional photography boundaries. (All 3 instructors will be present)
  • 15:00 onwards: Photography sessions.

Day 4:

  • 10:00 – 13:00: Further discussions on participants’ works.
    Cloé Kerhoas Ozmen will talk about sculpting project identity and branding. (All 3 instructors will be present)
  • 15:00 onwards: Photography sessions.

Day 5:

  • 10:00 – 18:00: Final editing session featuring participants’ work. Images will be printed.
  • 18:00: Presentation of final projects by participants.

How to Apply?

Apply through the online entry form until 2 June.

Slots are limited, we advise submitting your application promptly.
Please be aware that participants are selected in advance.

Participation fee

The participation fee is

Contact

For queries, you can contact us via email at office@photofestival.gr

This year’s instructors

Myrto Papadopoulos’s artistic practice focuses on in-depth narratives that explore the diverse landscape of the ‘documentary’ genre. She critically reassesses the prevailing narrative, seeking to develop a new visual language that incorporates experimental tools and other forms of media. Originally from Athens, Greece, Papadopoulos studied painting and photography at the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. Later she pursued a degree in documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Over the course of her career, she has worked with high-profile organizations and media outlets including Dior, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time Magazine, The New York Times among others. She was an IMEDD fellow in 2019 and in 2021, supported by the Niarchos Foundation, and has been nominated for the Prix Pictet and the Magnum Foundation Grant. Her work has been internationally showcased through both solo and group exhibitions and is also found in private collections. Papadopoulos has been leading workshops on visual narratives for various institutions and holds extensive experience in teaching diverse populations.
www.myrtopapadopoulos.com

Alexandra Rose Howland has spent much of the last decade living in the Middle East creating work that challenges traditional coverage of the region and its geopolitics. As her projects on climate, migration, conflict and post-conflict evolve, her work has expanded into the African and European continents.
Howland’s background as an abstract painter continues to impact her practice, leading to a multidimensional approach using imagery, found objects, collage, sound, and video. Her projects span years and often result in vast archives that seek to examine people and places from multiple perspectives, all of which challenge the accepted narrative. Howland’s work asks us to reimagine the stories we have already seen.
Howland has shown internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including ‘Leave and Let Us Go’ (solo), FOAM Amsterdam; ‘Road to Mosul’ (solo), London; ‘Textured to Only Us’ (solo), Los Angeles; ‘Leave and Let Us Go’ Deutsche Boerse Photographers Gallery (group), Frankfurt; Photo Lux Festival (group), Tuscany; ‘Where I Lay My Head’ (group), Sydney, among others. Howland published her first book ‘Leave and Let Us Go’with GOST Books in 2021 and regularly works with National Geographic, Le Monde, de’Volkskrant, The Atlantic and Wall Street Journal, among others.
www.alexandrahowland.com

Cloé Kerhoas Özmen
Based between Turkey and France, Cloé Kerhoas Özmen is a freelance photography editor, educator, curator and photo consultant developing international projects. She studied Cinema, History and obtained a Master degree dedicated to the protection and the conservation of the Cultural Heritage. She has worked in renowned museums,she was Co-Director and Photo Editor at Agence Le Journal, a photography collective. Since then, she keeps dedicating her life to storytelling and documentary projects. She is the long-term collaborator of Magnum Photos photographer Emin Özmen. She mostly researches, writes, edits and distributes her projects. She also works with him on the field on specific projects. She collaborated on a number of award-winning photo series. Emin and Cloé are recipients of a National Geographic explorer grant. She co-edited his first photobook Olay (published by MACK books). Cloé also enjoys mentoring and working with other photographers accompanying them in their projects and distributing them. Since 2020, she has been a member of the editorial board of Revue Epic, a French photo magazine. In order to develop photographer’s creativity and boost their careers, she is also leading workshops and portfolio reviews (for Magnum Photos, Speos and Ph Museum, among others). She has collaborated with top magazines and newspapers such as Le Monde Magazine, Time, Der Spiegel, L’Obs, Courrier International, Newsweek, Libération, CNN, Al Jazeera, among others.
www.cloekerhoas.com