Finding the stories – working with the narrative (Seminar/Workshop)

Carla Åhlander
Finding the stories – working with the narrative

Seminar/Workshop, Deutsch/English, 2 SWS, 2 LP
Donnerstags, 12 s.t. - 16 s.t. Uhr, circa wöchentlich ab 1.6.2017, 6 Termine: 1.6., 15.6., 22.6., 29.6., 6.7., 13.7.2017
Hardenbergstr. 33, Raum 151  (Ausnahme: am 6.7. in Raum 102)

"Finding the stories" is a workshop combining documentary photo work and the narrative. This seminar will involve photo analysis and theory as well as practical photo work. From the beginning and throughout the course, assignments will be given to help the individual students discover and tell their stories in photographs. Consciousness will be raised of what a narrative constitutes and how the meaning of a photograph is created.

The seminar deals with issues like subjectivity and objectivity and gives the student training in looking at, reading and talking about photographs. The workshop will include collaborations between students and some text work. We will explore a variety of aesthetic issues together, as well as practical and conceptual ones, asking questions like: What is my relation to the topic? Where does this narrative begin or end?

Because of the pace of the course, students must work digitally and bring their own camera or phone camera. On this course we will mainly focus on the content and narrative - no photographic experience is needed.

Leistungsanforderungen für den unbenoteten Studium-Generale-Schein: Continuous presence and active participation. Each student will need a digital camera.

Carla Åhlander mainly works with photography and uses the media as a tool to present everyday life as miniature events and structures in panoramic land- or cityscapes. The immediate situations Åhlander is attracted to and documents in her photographs are rather subtle appearances of power relations and systems of order – in all shades and from the vocabulary of everyday life – situations where something is about to happen or could happen, taken from a multiple of contexts, often with no beginning or end in narrative terms. Recent solo presentations include “Noteringar: tillstånd, plaster”, Fotogalleriet Format, Malmö, (2014) and the public billboard piece “Perspektiven” (2013) for nGbK, Berlin, installed in the subway station Schwartzkopffstraße. She has participated in Police the Police, Biennial for Young Art in Bucharest (2010), Touched, Liverpool Biennial (2010), Immortality, TENT – Center for Visual Arts, Rotterdam (2009). More information on