summaery2022: Projects

Direction of view: Decolonizing photography

Project information

submitted by
Margarita Maria Valdivieso Beltran (Teacher)

Co-Authors
Luisa Ngoc Linh Pham, Bieke Vanhee, Sinan Kilic, Marina Ramoska, Thyra Kolde, María Nicolás Cañete, Sophia Gilbert, Justin Donelly, Marta Valdeón, Daša Marie Geiger, Lilly Fruth, Lan Nguyen, Madalena Dias

Mentors
Margarita V Beltran

Faculty:
Art and Design

Degree programme:
Advanced Urbanism (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Visual Communication (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)),
Visual Communication (Master of Arts (M.A.)),
Media Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)),
Media Art and Design - Study programme Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies (IIMDS) (Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.)),
Media Art and Design -Study programme Media Art und Design (MAD) (english) (Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)),
Media Art and Design - Study programme Media Art and Design (MAD) (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation
Exhibition

Semester
Summer semester 2022

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Marienstraße 1a
    (201)

attractive to children


Contributors:
Luisa Ngoc Linh Pham, Bieke Vanhee, Sinan Kilic,
Marina Ramoska, Thyra Kolde, María Nicolás Cañete, Sophia Gilbert, Justin Donelly, Marta Valdeón, Daša Marie Geiger, Lilly Fruth, Lan Nguyen, Madalena Dias, Margarita V Beltran.

Project description

What do we see when we look at an image? What cultural heritage is put in place to dialogue with every visual space we communicate with? Which symbols, biases and aesthetics have we learnt to understand as beautiful?

Is understood that photography as a tool for visuality was created under the modern era, an era in which the colonial project ditacted the philosofical ground of the western culture. Thinking photography requieres then, to think and reflect on the effects of this colonial philosophy in the interpretation of the world. A reflection in which we bring concepts like consent, dialogue and collaboration into play; In which photographers can reflect on their own practices and the way they approach communities, subjects and the topics they are interested in.

This course aimed to foster critical reading of images, decolonial processes of image making and critical perspectives on photographic representation of communities, bodies and stories

The exhibition is the result of the projects developed by students during the summer semester. Bringing topics like identity, racism, body and counter histories. Not all projects are intrinsecaly related with decolonization, instead, throught the development of the class, students were able to understad the politics of being a photographer and to include a code of ethics and reflect on their own practices when making work.

Exhibition Location / Event Location