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Randa Mirza/Lara Tabet

Recently Deleted, Other Albums and Camera Roll
3–15 August 2020

Randa Mirza, The selective residence
Randa Mirza, The selective residence, 2017, pigment ink on photo paper, 80 × 110 cm

Photography, video

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (the teachers also speak French and Arabic)

What to bring
All (phone) library photos, videos and sound recordings saved on a hard drive or USB + laptops. Every participant is invited to prepare a short presentation of former or current projects.

Basic Photoshop and/or basic video montage skills

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 720.– (€ 560.–)

Nowadays we use our camera, mostly with our phones, widely to produce numerous visual data. This material is often dismissed, deleted, shared online, and in the best case stored in its digital form. In this course, we will use our (phone’s) photo and video libraries to develop and produce a personal as well as a collective body of work.

The aim of the course is to delve into each participant’s personal archive. We will look at our different pre-recorded memories to see what differentiates our experiences and what we have in common. How can we use camera-based work as a tool of inquiry in the exploration of selfhood at the cross-point between the subjective and the collective? What do our Camera Rolls tell about us, both individually and collectively?

Reviewing our material will allow each participant to define a subject of interest in order to build a personal visual narrative using mainly photography and video. We will approach different references of artists using archival images or their personal archives and reflecting on virtuality and digitality in contemporary times.

The next step will combine individual reflections and group discussions. It will result in an editing process and the elaboration of each participant’s work. We will consider the possibility of working in groups of people who want to deal with the same topic. The course will provide photo printing and/or video mounting sessions, as well as group reflexions to stage a common exhibition by the end of the programme.
Randa Mirza was born in Beirut in 1978, she lives between Marseille (FR) and Beirut. She works mainly with photography and live video performances, and questions the nature of images and their social uses. Her practice is related to identity with a focus on gender studies and postcolonial discourses. She manipulates the photographic image to reveal the discourses inherent in all representations on the tenuous border between fiction and reality.

Solo exhibitions (recent)
2019 El-Zohra Was Not Born in a Day, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles (FR). 2018 Moussem Vitrine, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, Brussels.

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 C’est Beyrouth, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris. La Fabrique des illusions, Sursock Museum, Beirut. 2018 Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia (ES).

Lara Tabet, born in Achkout (LI) in 1983, is a practising medical doctor and visual artist. Her artistic practice is informed by her background in pathology and inspects the legacy of trauma in Lebanon. Her most recent work contemplates the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection with gender, sexuality and identity.

Solo exhibitions (recent)
2019 Intra Muros, Beirut Art Residency, La Vitrine, Beirut. Underbelly, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut. 2017 Underbelly & Le Rêve et l’Asphalte, Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Close relationships, big distances and new technologies, Galerija Kluba Kocka, Split (HR).

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 Liban Réalités et Fictions, troisième biennale des photographes du monde arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. DNA, des possible de la photographie, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles. L’intrus Redux, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (DE). 2018 Feminités Plurielles, Galerie Tanit, Beirut.
Portrait photos Randa Mirza, Lara Tabet
Portrait photo Mirza: Hugo Lautissier
Portrait photo Tabet: Heriman Avi