Post-Identity Portrait Splash
What if a portrait was about liberation? No boundaries, no categories, no pre-set rules? What if there was freedom to let a portrait emerge from excitement, fun, extravagance and experimentation? What happens when we break free from traditional notions and let a free expression take its course?
In this two-day workshop, we come together to create the craziest, funniest and wildest portraits. With props, wigs, glitter, sequences, costumes, makeup, neon colors, strange objects and unexpected ideas, we'll let our creativity run wild to come up with the most original scenic images and stylings for each other.
At the same time, we'll get to know groundbreaking portrait photographers. We'll look at how they innovated the medium of photography, what set them apart, and how they changed the game. We look at the work of Anthony Bourdain, Blommers & Schumm, Anouk Kruithof, Nadav Kander.
At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a "Wow, is that you?" portrait of themselves and a new perspective on the possibilities of portraiture!
Mirjana Vrbaški (b. 1978 in Montreal) is a Serbian-Canadian portrait photographer. Her artistic portraits have been nominated for the Renaissance Photography Prize (UK), the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize (UK), and the LensCulture Portrait Prize (NL), among others. She is represented in international private and public collections including The National Portrait Gallery, Fries Museum and Transformer Station Cleveland. She lives and works in Berlin.
Gert-Jan Stam is a theater maker and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Amsterdam School of Writing. His work is about collaboratively creating productions. His concepts have been presented in Germany, France, Croatia, Egypt, Japan and China, among other countries. Together with architect Breg Horemans, he founded TAAT in 2012, a collective working with the latest means of theater and architecture, visual arts and design.