"You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." - The Matrix
Go Deeper. Re-imagine your project and stretch your ability to make your personal stories more universal, intertwining intimate narratives with broader issues. Go deeper. Noor photographer Tanya Habjouqa specializes in collaborative methodologies, blending ethnography and investigative reportage, from multimedia to multiplatform. Learn process of “work shopping” your project…intense brainstorming, reinvention, and re-conceptualization. Elevate from singles shooting and derivative storytelling. FIND YOUR VOICE.
Explore the ways you can move beyond linear narrative to create a felt experience for your audience. Explore critical theory around issues of representation, community engagement, participatory approaches, and the ethical considerations of using storytelling as a tool for social change. In this 90minute seminar Tanya will explore:
- What motivates your photographic practice
- Defining your project and approach
- Expanding research and access
- Storytelling and photographic strategies
- Photography as writing
About the Speaker:
Tanya Habjouqa is a Jordanian-Texan visual artist, educator, and a member of NOOR Images. Habjouqa’s approach to visual storytelling fuses a mordant sense of irony with unstinting, forensic interrogations of the implications of geopolitical conflict on human lives. Trained in anthropology and journalism (MA: Global Media, SOAS, London), her work on Palestine-Israel has been cited as a powerful investigation of the crosscurrents of politics, economics, religion, and cultural production. She is a mentor in the acclaimed Arab Photography Documentary Programme, a co-editor of the Jadaliyya's academic journal's visual-audio page and co-founder of Ruwa, a multi-disciplinary creative platform for visual storytellers across the Middle East, nurturing authentic and homegrown visual narratives.
She creates bespoke workshops internationally for NIKON Europe, Doha Film Institute, Gulf Photo Plus, SF CAMERA, and ISSP Latvia (among others). Her book “Occupied Pleasures” has received critical acclaim from Time Magazine and Smithsonian. The project won a World Press Photo. She creates long-form multiplatform research projects for clients such as Amnesty International and was an adjunct professor at the Bard Al Quds media program. Habjouqa is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arabe, and Carnegie Museum of Art, and is represented by East Wing Gallery.
Habjouqa has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, POYI (Pictures of the Year International), The FotoEvidence W Award, FORMAT International Derby, the PH Museum photography grant, and the Joop Master Class.
Please note: You will be sent a link to this online class 1-hour before the start of the seminar.
Gulf Photo Plus thanks the Goethe-Institut for its funding and support of this project.