In October 2020, I contribute to 'The Conversations' - an event within a Digital Festival 'RESET' organised by FUTURES.* Together with an invited group of professionals and talents, we enjoy weekly portfolio reviews and coaching sessions. *FUTURES amplifies emerging photography talents in Europe.
Nederlands Film Festival (25.09-03.10.20) invited FOTODOK to participate in the online exhibition accompanying the conference 'Life As We Know It'. The programme was dedicated to today’s changing reality - from deep fakes, fake news and drone filming to melting ice caps. For the digital show, on behalf of FOTODOK, I introduced projects about the phenomena of hyperreality and light pollution by artists Shadman Shahid (BD) and Jessica Bizzoni (IT). Browse through the cloud installation of 'Life As We Know It', and discover, next to photographic works, video essays and interviews brought together by NFF. In September 2020, Mondriaan Fund supported FOTODOK within their structural two-year Kunstpodium Basis programme. I am humbled and grateful that our artistic vision and programme were appreciated. On the 28th of July 2020, I took part in the online conversations 'Take from a Shelve' organised by Untitled Dummy Award. Arthur Bondar and me selected each five photobooks from our collections and talked about them. Watch the video (RU) here. I speak about: Carmen Winant — 'My Birth', Mariken Wessels — 'Miss Cox', Virginie Rebetez — 'Out of the Blue', Laia Abril — 'A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion and the repercussions of lack of access', 'How We See: Photobooks by Women', editors - Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich and Michael Lang. On the 5th of September I am taking part in selecting the shortlist for KASSEL DUMMY AWARD 2020.
Together with Chiara Capodici (Leporello Books), Frédérique Destribats (L'éditeur du dimanche), Frederic Lezmi (The PhotoBookMuseum), Ufuk Sahin (MAS Matbaa), and Dieter Neubert (Fotobookfestival Kassel) we gather at The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne, engaging with dummies and into the discussion around them.
The final YET issue (no. 12) 'What We Have Learnt About Publishing' devotes itself to the world of photography publishing. Amelie Rose Schüle and myself contributed a material called 'Is a Book Worth a Tree?', where we, together with nineteen publishers, designers, artists, printers, distributors and paper manufacturers, we identify and discuss different elements within the photobook production cycle that could be subject to ecological improvement. Great news! The Mondriaan Fund supports FOTODOK's program in 2020. FotoDepartament initiated an online marathon 'Practitioners and Theorists.' The event took place in early April 2020, and I was glad to take part with my talk 'On the Exhibition's Ruins.' Find out the results of BUP Book Award by BLOW UP PRESS (PL). Instead of one winner, two applicants were awarded with the possibility to publish their photobook. It was an honour to be part of the jury in April 2020. In August 2019, I join the team of FOTODOK in Utrecht in the role of a curator. I am very excited! 'How Books Begin' - new material on selected photobook dummies from Unseen Dummy Award 2018 shortlist. For Unseen Magazine Issue 6, spring 2019. I was glad to contribute a chapter on 10 selected photobooks by female artists from Eastern Europe to the latest project of 10x10 Photobooks’ - How We See: Photobooks by Women. The project presents a global range of one hundred 21st-century photobooks by female photographers and will appear as a book and a travelling presentation. On the 25 October at 6pm, New York Public Library will host a talk moderated by Olga Yatskevich with Lesley Martin and me, I am very honoured and look forward to the discussion! Look forward to taking part in the Photobook: RESET curated by Bruno Ceschel & Ann-Christin Bertrand. Hosted by C/O Berlin from 28-30 September 2018, the first Photobook: RESET will be an immersive programme of workshops designed to re-imagine the future of publishing. In October 2018, I am thrilled to see the shortlist of Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award 2018, and, together with other jury members David Solo, Harvey Benge, Beate Cegielska, Njusja de Gier, and Jesper Rasmussen choose the winner. I am honoured to be part of the jury of The Photobook Dummy Contest within the second Moscow contemporary photography and photobook festival Photobookfest at Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. I look forward to seeing all the dummies in May 2018! I look forward to seeing in print the new spring 2018 Foam Magazine #50: Water issue! I was glad to contribute with an essay on the Salt Lake series by Boris Mikhailov. I am honoured to be part of the jury for THE COSMOS PDF AWARD that celebrates digital publishing. Look forward to seeing all the works in spring 2018! I am excited to take part in Artist’s Books and Cinema. A Symposium. at CAMPO NIEUWPOORT in Gent on the 9th of February 2018 with the talk CinePhotoBook: What connects cinematography and photobooks.
Fiebre Photobook Festival in Madrid invited me to take part in the discussion Space-time: distribution with Christopher Johnson / PhotoEye, moderated by Sonia Berger. I was glad to contribute to The PhotoBook Review #012 (Aperture) as a guest editor. The issue is dedicated to relations between cinema and photobook. May brings good news - I started working on the Unseen Book Market & Dummy Award 2017. The new 21st issue of EXTRA (magazine of Antwerpen Photomuseum) has been released. Beautifully designed by Hans Gremmen, the edition focuses on the theme PRAKTIJK (Practice). I contributed a text about the photobook “Maximilian Stejskal – Folklig idrott". Noor is organising an amazing workshop on Documentary Photography free of charge for 10 talented emerging photographers of Kazakhstan in October 2017. The Noor photographers travelling there will be Tanya Habjouqa (US) and Sebastián Liste (ES). I am happy to be one of NOOR Alumni who is going to do skype tutoring of the participants before October. On the 23d of April The Stedelijk Museum presents a program on the relations between cinema and photobooks - The Moving Page: At the Crossroads of Cinema and Photobook. It is produced in conjunction with the exhibition Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love, and invites a number of contributors: Roland Fischer-Briand, Tamara Berghmans, Paulien Oltheten, Lesley A. Martin. During the event, a new issue of The PhotoBook Review will be launched!
I was very happy to co-organise the event with Hripsimé Visser and Britte Sloothaak and look forward to it! THANK YOU, Mondriaan fund! In March, 2017 I received 'een positief oordeel' - a positive verdict - regarding my research application 'The Moving Page. At the Crossroads of Cinema and Photobook'. A few events, the result of this research, will follow soon! I have contributed an essay Eye + Water = to the book Noir by Martine Stig - an exciting publication produced by Fw:Books. On 24.09.16 I take part in a round table discussion 'A Photographer as a Curator' at FotoDepartament. I'm very excited to be writing about the book "Maximilian Stejskal – Folklig idrott" edited by Marie-Isabel Vogel and Alain Rappaport for the upcoming issue of EXTRA (published by the Museum of Photography of Antwerp). In August 2016, I started to teach at Webster University in Leiden at Media Communications department. The courses I take care of are Digital Basic Photography and History of Photography. Colta.ru invited six curators to prepare a selection of emerging Russian photographers for a special online project. In summer 2016, I will be posting about new names & projects in Russian photography. 'Conversations on Photography' is launched!
Willem Popelier, Karin Krijgsman, Karin Bareman, Suzan Geldhoff, Zhenia Sveshinsky, Raymond Frenken and me start with a conversation on selfies. Part of our dialogue is published in Extra 19 (FOMU foto museum's magazine), and other threads of the conversation can be found at fw: website. Good news! Mondriaan Fonds has supported the initiative 'Conversations on Photography' by FW: books and a team of researchers to which I am happy to belong to. We will talk about conversations soon! A new school of photography was launched in St. Petersburg - fotografika! An intensive two years study program, and I am glad to contribute with a course 'Thousand Words' that begins in spring, 2016!