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Look! A Tourist! Urban Encounters around
the Camera with Ariadne van de Ven
10.00-17.00 | Saturday 6th June
Room 307, Richard Hoggart Building (RHB), Goldsmiths
An Urban Edge workshop at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
This workshop is for everyone who wants to explore visual reactions to unfamiliar urban settings, with or without a camera.
Using material from her own six-year project in Kolkata, Ariadne van de Ven explores the deeply entwined politics of photographing and seeing in cities in the 'Global South'. Photographs and, crucially, the making of photographs ask important questions about seeing and about the judgements we attach to what we see.
This workshop will approach these issues from two different angles: first, the making of the photograph as collaborative interaction and improvisation with the 'subjects' on the street; the eyes of the street look back and in doing so, they subvert assumptions about otherness and stereotypes of 'the poor'. Second, the workshop will ask how the resulting photographs, after the long journey 'home', can retain this political edge.
Ariadne van de Ven is European, white-ish, tall and a tourist in Kolkata. She works in book publishing and graduated from the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths.
A nominal cost of £10 is charged for each workshop. Booking is essential and limited to 20 places: email Carole Keegan at c.keegan[at]gold.ac.uk
For further information contact Professor Caroline Knowles, c.knowles[at]gold.ac.uk
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