Talks on Contemporary Photography

TALKS ON CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY

October 23 – October 24 2008; Conference room M3, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana

In addition to exhibitions, also this year’s edition of Month of Photography Festival offers various related events. Within this context, the Talks on Contemporary Photography is a constant companion of the festival; a forum aimed at presentations, meetings and exchange of views on the state of contemporary photography. 2008 Talks will begin with the Development in the Field of Contemporary Art Photography in the Region of Central and Southeast Europe section, aimed at presentation and discussion on various views of the advancement of support to photographic art, in particular by the public sector. Second part will encompass Talks with Exhibitions’ Artists and Curators presented at the festival, in particular those who make part of the official selection, the Photonic Moments exhibition.
The festival’s forum keeps the Photography and Publishing section, addressing the general issues of photography publishing, with the emphasis on the contemporary and art photography. With the participation of publishers, editors and representatives of the regions, various photo magazines and topic publications will be presented. The final subject of Talks will deal with the issue of Photography Education where within the region of Southeast Europe, a shortage similar to that in the filed of institutional support has been observed. In addition to others, the High School of Photography, which started its curriculum this school year, will be presented.

TALKS ON CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, Cankarjev dom, M3 Conference room

In the frames of the Month of Photography 08 festival in two days after opening traditional Talks on Contemporary Photography will take place. It will unite views and opinions on this topic by different experts and artists from the Southeastern European region. Following topics will be broached to subject.

Thursday, October 23 at 3 pm
Dejan Sluga: Development in the Field of Contemporary Art Photography in the Region of Central and Southeast Europe
Miha Colner: Talks with Exhibitions’ Artists and Curators

Friday, October 24 at 3 pm
Jan Babnik: Photography and Publishing
Rajko Bizjak: Photography Education

A) Development in the Field of Contemporary Art Photography in the Region of Central and Southeast Europe
In the first part of Thursday’s program representatives of various organizations with contemporary photography program and activities included in its programs will be presented. Experiences of the colleagues from close countries will be introduced and at the same time possibilities appearing on the institutional level in Slovenia will be exposed.

Jan Sipocz (Slovakia) – director of Photoport Association from Bratislava. Organization above all connects younger artists, curators and writers, working in the field of contemporary photography in Slovakia.

Gulsen Bal (Turkey) – program director at Open Space center for contemporary art in Vienna. She will present her position within the broader sphere of contemporary art with emphasize on status of artists from the European margins.

Alessio Curto (Italy) – director of Triestefotografia Festival and Juliet Association. With him the talks about the festival and Italian contemporary photography will be taking place, his selection of the artists will be on show in Jakopič Gallery in Ljubljana in November.

Želimir Koščević (Croatia) – from 1980 to 2004 he was superior curator at the Museum of contemporary art in Zagreb. Now he is program director of photo gallery Lang in Samobor. He is one of the pioneer researchers on the field of art photography in the region.

B) Talks with Exhibitions’ Artists and Curators

Second part of Thursday’s program will be dedicated to talks with curators and artists, active in the field of contemporary photography and collaborating on the international group exhibition Photonic Moments in Cankarjev dom. Guests of the festival, artists and curators from different countries of the region of South-eastern Europe will present their activities through the informal, open conversation with moderator and audience. Their specifics, artistic approaches, views on vehement development of so called fine art photography in last years and its enforcement in the field of contemporary art practices will be summarized.

Participants:
Sandra Vitaljić (Croatia) – selector for Croatian part at group exhibition Photonic Moments, curator, artist and senior university teacher at department for photography at Academy for Theater in Zagreb, will speak about mentioned aspects of her work, curatorial, artistic and pedagogical approaches in the field of contemporary photography.

Gulsen Bal (Turkey) – selector for Turkish part at group exhibition Photonic Moments, curator, artist, theoretician, program director of Open space center for contemporary art in Vienna, will present her position within art world on all fronts of her activities and thread specifics of activities in Austria and Turkey.

Alexander Valchev (Bulgaria) – artist, winner of last years Photonic Moments award, granted by Month of Photography festival and Cultural City Network from Graz. Valchev is just concluding one moth residence in Graz, crowned with solo exhibition in Galerie Centrum Graz, and will present his artistic activities and his path towards the international artistic sphere.

Angelos Gavrias (Greece) – collaborating artist on actual group exhibition Photonic Moments will present his actual activities in the field of contemporary photography and orientation between German and Greek cultural space.

Katarina Radović (Serbia) – collaborating artist on actual group exhibition Photonic Moments will present her markedly international oriented activities, artistic approaches and situation on that field in Serbia.

C: Photography Education (friday, 24. Oktober, starting at 3. pm)

Jasna Rojc, prof, v.d. ravnateljica Višje strokovne šole pri Šolskem centru Srečka Kosovela Sežana
dr. Srečo Zakrajšek, direktor IAM, Inštitut in akademija za multimedije
red. prof. Milan Pajk, vodja oddelka za oblikovanje Akademija za likovno umetnost in oblikovanje
dr. Janko Žmitek, dekan Visoke šole za storitve

D: Publishing and photography (friday, 24. Oktober, starting at 4.30 pm.)

Barbara Čeferin (Eyemazing)
Primož Lampic (AML)
Željko Zarak (Taschen)
Jan Babnik (revija Fotografija)
Ilija Tomanič (revija Fotografija)