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Randa Mirza

What's your story? Reading and making images
16–21 August 2021

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

Photography, Video


Teaching language
The teaching language is English, and the artist also speaks French and Arabic. The co-teacher speaks German

What to bring
Participants should come to the course with a selection of 15 to 20 images and/or videos that they selected from their phone library and if available sound recordings. The selection should be saved on a Hard Drive or USB. Bring your own laptop if you have any, your phone and/or a digital camera.

Interest in photography and/or video

Maximum number of participants
15 (15–18 years)

Course fee
150 Euro (including lunch snack). Three scholarships will be awarded to students in need

Special Workshop for Young People
A collaboration between the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Fotohof gallery.

On occasion of the first solo exhibition of the Lebanese artist Randa Mirza in Austria, an artistic workshop for young adults will be held parallel to the show. Nowadays, we use our camera phones widely to produce numerous visual data. This material is often dismissed, deleted, shared online, or stored in its digital form. Together, we will use the photo libraries of our mobile phones for creating a story. All participants will develop their own story and collaborate in the production of others. We excursions around Salzburg to add images to each participant’s story. At the end of the workshop, participants will exhibit and take with them a printed photograph that they choose from their library.

Application period
1–30 June 2021. please send a motivation letter (in German,English, French or Arabic, max. 1 DIN A4 page) including if you are in need for a scholarship. Selected participants will be notified by 9 July 2021.

Contact, T  +43 662 84 92 96
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).
Portrait Randa Mirza
Photo: Hugo Lautissier