Talent Lab is Athens Photo Festival’s artistic development programme intended for emerging photographers and visual artists. This programme offers 15 photographers with an intensive learning experience that seeks to further develop their creative practice, and voice, under the guidance international photography experts.

The lab is for photographers who are either working on a specific project or are eager to bring new perspectives to their work, providing them with the necessary tools to best approach the different phases of project development.

The lab’s central focus is an intensive 4-day workshop from 25-28 June 2018, combined with an online follow up session in September 2018. The workshop is divided into 4+1 sessions, led by Sanne De Wilde (Visual Language), Erik Vroons (Editing and Sequencing), Natasha Christia (Installation and Exhibition) and Alexander Strecker (Web and Social Media), and a final reviews session with Erik Vroons via Skype.

Visual Language

Expert: Sanne De Wilde

This session focuses on identifing the visual language of each participant, to provide advice on how to develop stronger visual stories, emphasising the importance of meaning via technique. Participants are encouraged to find creative ways of engaging with their subject and look beyond conventional visual storytelling.

Editing and Sequencing

Expert: Erik Vroons

This session offers participants an opportunity to receive critical feedback of their work in progress, including editing and sequencing, enabling them to improve their portfolio and consider the next steps. The aim is to figure out at what stage the projects are at the moment and how to proceed from here on.

Installation and Exhibition

Expert: Natasha Christia

The aim of this session is to provide photographers with tools so that they can develop their own language when it comes to exhibiting their work adopting different formats. Participants become engaged with the conceptualization of their projects in diverse contexts (galleries, festivals, institutions, installation formats).

Web and Social Media

Expert: Alexander Strecker

The Internet provides artists with a platform to access a worldwide audience for their work. This session will help participating photographers build their web and social media presence in a way that reflects the quality of their work, by exploring diffusion strategies over different new media platforms.

PLACES
Limited to 15 Participants
APPLICATION
Deadline:
21 June 2018
SCHEDULE
25 – 28 June, 2018
10:00 am  – 4:30 pm
VENUE
Benaki Museum
(Pireos 138)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

The lab is open to a maximum of 15 participants and places will be allocated based on the quality of submitted projects.

Five (5) places are offered to 5 selected young artists from Greece up to the age of 35, sponsored by the HCP’s “Young Greek Photographers Platform” support measures.

Five (5) places are offered to 5 shortlisted artists in this year’s open call for submissions, sponsored by Athens Photo Festival.

Five (5) places are open to Greek and international photographers at a special fee of 210 €. All artists over the age of 18 -working with photography- are eligible.

Application Deadline: Thursday 21 June.

Apply now

All participants will need to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

Experts

Sanne De Wilde

Photographer | NOOR Images

Sanne De Wilde (Belgium, 1987) explores in her photography the role genetics play in peoples lives and how this shapes and affects communities. Picturing people suffering from a condition making them vulnerable in the eye of society.

She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) with great honours in 2012. Her photo series 'The Dwarf Empire' was rewarded with the Photo Academy Award 2012 as well as the International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013. Her serie ‘Snow White’ was awarded 16ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte and NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence. She was awarded the Nikon Press Award in 2014 and 2016 for most promising young photographer. The British Journal of Photography selected De Wilde as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world' in 2014 and recently received the Firecracker Grant 2016.

She has been internationally published (Guardian, New Yorker, Le Monde, CNN, Vogue) and exhibited (Voies OFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Circulations, Lagos Photo, Lodz Fotofestiwal, STAM, and Fotoforum Brasschaat). Since 2013, De Wilde works with the Dutch newspaper and magazine De Volkskrant, in Amsterdam the Netherlands.

Erik Vroons

Editor at large of GUP magazine, Curator for New Dutch Photography Talent

Erik Vroons (1976, The Netherlands) combines an academic background with practical skills. He holds an MA in Photographic Studies (Leiden University) and Media Studies (University of Amsterdam) and currently works as a freelance critical writer, editor, and mentor.

Main activities: Editor-at-large of the international photography magazine GUP and curator for New Dutch Photography Talent. He has executed several workshops, at Singapore International Photography Festival (2014 + 2016), Tokyo International Photography Festival (2015), Belfast Photo Festival (2015+2017), Warsaw (2017), Jamia Islamia University, Delhi (2016) and he has been a portfolio reviewer at many other international photography festivals. Over the years several acclaimed photographers consulted him concerning their works in progress towards presentation of a book, an exhibition or a website.

http://www.gupmagazine.com

Natasha Christia

Independent curator and writer, Spain

Natasha Christia is a freelance curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She is also a collection consultant and a dealer specialized in fine art photography and photobooks. Her research focuses on the exploration and reinvention of dominant narratives through a novel reading of archival collections, the intersection of photography, film and the photobook, and the dialogue between 20th century avant-garde photography and contemporary forms of expression often labelled as post-photography.

Christia was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival 2016, which was launched under the theme “Europe: Lost in Translation”. She has curated various exhibitions, among them “Uncensored Books” (Belgrade Photomonth/April 2017, Minimum Studio/Palermo-June 2017), “AMORE: An Unfinished Trilogy by Valentina Abenavoli” (Void / Athens Photo Festival, June 2017), Dragana Jurisic: “My Own Unknown” (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris November 2017), “Reversiones” (Centro de la Imagen, Mexico DF, November 2017-March 2018) and Lukas Birk: “Travelogue Sammlung” (Belgrade Photomonth 2018).

Since 2008, she has been teaching in photography schools in Spain and abroad. She regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications and for artists. She was the guest editor of OjodePez magazine 41: “Self Calling” and guest-editor at the Read or die Publishing Fair in Barcelona (November 2015), exploring the topic “The Book: on Endless Possibilities”.

www.natashachristia.com

Alexander Strecker

Managing Editor, LensCulture, US

Natasha Christia is a freelance curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She is also a collection consultant and a dealer specialized in fine art photography and photobooks. Her research focuses on the exploration and reinvention of dominant narratives through a novel reading of archival collections, the intersection of photography, film and the photobook, and the dialogue between 20th century avant-garde photography and contemporary forms of expression often labelled as post-photography.

Christia was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival 2016, which was launched under the theme “Europe: Lost in Translation”. She has curated various exhibitions, among them “Uncensored Books” (Belgrade Photomonth/April 2017, Minimum Studio/Palermo-June 2017), “AMORE: An Unfinished Trilogy by Valentina Abenavoli” (Void / Athens Photo Festival, June 2017), Dragana Jurisic: “My Own Unknown” (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris November 2017), “Reversiones” (Centro de la Imagen, Mexico DF, November 2017-March 2018) and Lukas Birk: “Travelogue Sammlung” (Belgrade Photomonth 2018).

Since 2008, she has been teaching in photography schools in Spain and abroad. She regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications and for artists. She was the guest editor of OjodePez magazine 41: “Self Calling” and guest-editor at the Read or die Publishing Fair in Barcelona (November 2015), exploring the topic “The Book: on Endless Possibilities”.

www.natashachristia.com