Untitled (Heimat no. 27), Nordhessen, Germany, 2016–17, chromogenic print,
66.7 × 100 cm. Rathaus Kassel, 03.03.2017, courtesy of the artist, copyright: Ahlam Shibli
Location Hohensalzburg Fortress
Languages English, Arabic if needed
What to bring Camera (if possible digital camera, in order to see the result during the workshop), laptop or tablet, material from your own archives, pocket notebook and pen.
Requirements Motivation and commitment.
Maximum number of participants 20
Co-teacher Franziska Schrödinger
Participation fee € 700,– (€ 540,–)
In this course, participants will deal with the notion of HOME and will develop a photographic project focusing on this topic. All steps, from a general discussion of what is home (how can we find it, define it, lose it, describe it), through fine-tuning of specific individual projects, to the presentation in the final exhibition, will be part of the course.
The participants will choose specific subjects and discuss them in small groups. Before going into town to photograph they will write scripts reflecting subject, methods and goals. After the photographs have been taken, the process will continue with reviewing and editing the photographs, writing captions, artist’s statements and finally presenting the works on the last day of the course.
The aim of the course is to enable the participants to develop and structure a photographic project from the very beginning – from defining a specific subject, through taking and editing photographs, to the final step: the presentation.
Ahlam Shibli was born in Palestine in 1970. Through a documentary aesthetic, her photographic work addresses the contradictory implications of the notion of home. It deals with the loss of home and the fight against that loss, but also with restrictions and limitations that the idea of home imposes on individuals and communities marked by repressive identity politics.
Solo exhibitions 2017Staring (web commission), Remai Modern, Saskatoon (CA). 2013Phantom Home, MACBA, Barcelona (ES), Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto (PT). 2010Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, Château de Sédières, Clergoux (FR). Ahlam Shibli: Why did you leave the forest empty!, Darat al Funun, Amman. 2009Ahlam Shibli: Wydomowienie, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.
Group exhibitions 2017 documenta14, Athens & Kassel (DE). Field Guide, Remai Modern, Saskatoon (CA). The Photographic I, S.M.A.K. Ghent (BE). 2015la terre nous est etroite, regards croisés sur la palestine, Le 19 CRAC, Montbéliard (FR). Formes biographiques, Carré d’Art, Nîmes (FR). Uncovering History, Camera Austria, Graz (AT). 2014Progress and Hygiene, Zachęta, Warsaw. We are Living on a Star, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden (NO).
Ulrich Loock (ed.): Ahlam Shibli: Dependence, Ediciones Originales, Barcelona 2013. Ahlam Shibli: Phantom Home, exh. cat., Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Jeu de Paume, Paris, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013. Ahlam Shibli: Go there, Eat the mountain, Write the past, exh. cat., Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman 2011. Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, exh. cat., Peuple et Culture Corrèze, Tulle 2010.
Adam Szymczyk (ed.): Ahlam Shibli: Trackers, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Basel, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2007.