Sharjah – MENA Herald: In partnership with the German Cultural Centre’s Goethe Institut in the Gulf region, Maraya Art Centre is calling upon existing and aspiring photographers as well as photography students to apply for the forthcoming workshop and exhibition, ‘Do You Trust Me?’
With a deadline of 14 February, selected participants will join a talk on Saturday, 9 April on the subject of photography and ethics, followed by an intensive three-day workshop in which photographers experience the theory and practice of original photographs being manipulated to create and deliver a specific message. Both original and amended works will be shown in a concluding exhibition at Maraya Art Centre to explore the realities of altering photography as a narrative and art form.
‘Do You Trust Me?’ opens on 9 April with a public panel discussion presented by Peter Bialobrzeski, winner of the WorldPressPhoto Award in 2003 and 2010 and professor for photography at the University of Bremen; Dr. Jule Hillgärtner, director of Kunstverein Braunschweig (art society Braunschweig); and two representatives from Germany’s largest media channels — Dr. Stefan Leifert, News Correspondent ZDF, and Michael Wegener, Head of Content ARD News. These experts will share their experiences in the ethics of professional photography, the distinctions between news and art photographs, and the ethical considerations in the industry.
The fifteen selected photographers will then join a workshop at Maraya Art Centre lead by Dr. Hillgärtner, in which original photographs are altered to express an agreed narrative, exploring the theory and practice of credibility in capturing images. Following the workshop, each participating photographer will exhibit both manipulated and original images to create a discussion with viewers about the legitimacy of photography as an art form and communications tool.
“The power of photography and videography to inform and shape public opinion globally is greater than ever before, and so are the corresponding opportunities to alter these images in support of specific messages and intentions,” said Giuseppe Moscatello, Director of Maraya Art Centre. “Through Maraya Art Centre’s collaboration with the Goethe Institut, both existing and emerging photographers can explore these themes, apply them to their original work, and exhibit the results to contribute to the wider discussion about the role and perception of credibility of photography in both journalism and art.”
Registration for the public discussion on 9 April is complimentary but required; please register at rabi.georges@abudhabi.goethe.org. To be considered for participation in the workshop and exhibitions, photographers should submit three original works along with insight on the story behind them and how this narrative could be altered to communicate a different reality. More information about the application process can be found online at: http://www.goethe.de/gulfregion.