Urban Exoticism

2021 Workshop in Athens
with Michael Grieve

The workshop
1-5 of November 2021
There will be a maximum of 12 students and will be held in english.
From 10am to 6pm each day.
Final night will be the presentation from 7pm to 10pm
Participation in or the implementation of a final exhibition is possible after individual consultation with the lecturer.

The venue
Workshop will take place at the Siilk Gallery space in the Metaxourgeio area of central Athens. www.siilkgallery.com

The fee
is 400€ (brutto),
current Ostkreuz students pay 350€ (brutto).

to  apply
please use office(at)ostkreuzschule.de

more info about Michael Grieve here



Urban Exoticism

The urban exoticism photography workshop is a 5-day experience to help participants find new ways of understanding the urban environment and spatial relations towards the realisation of subjective documentary projects that attempt to go beyond prevailing mechanised modes of thought.

‘Urban Exoticism’ is a term coined by Greek art historian, Alia Tsagkari, and is an expression that circumscribes a perception of the metropolitan space that values fragments, unexpected juxtapositions and elements obscured by everyday experience. Revealing the mystery beneath the apparently banal surfaces of the modern city, it provokes the emergence of extraordinary realities drawn from the realms of the exotic, the erotic and the unconscious. Athens is a city that is not entirely desanctified and has not reached a point of becoming a strictly regimented western city. Athens therefore offers the potential of open places and obscured places; gentrified places and hidden, neglected places; unified, homogeneous places and fragmented places of Otherness.

Daily routine

Day 1.
Participants introduce themselves and their work. A lecture on Urban Exoticism from Michael Grieve and Alia Tsagkari.

Day 2.
Participants propose project ideas to be discussed as a group. In the late afternoon participants will begin to explore the city and begin to shoot.

Day 3.
Participants begin to show their work in progress. At this point problems and possibilities of projects will be discussed as a group.

Day 4.
Group meeting in the morning followed by individual tutorial with Michael Grieve. Shooting day.

Day 5.
Selection, editing and sequencing photographic projects to be presented in the evening to a public audience. Each participant will make an individual presentation an discuss their projects and experience. During 5 days it is not expected to complete a project, indeed the workshop is designed to explore and experiment. The presentation will be a discussion on the work in process.
(Participation in or the implementation of a final exhibition is possible after individual consultation with the lecturer.)



photo © Michael Grieve

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