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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unmasking: Photography Workshop on Portrait and Identity

Unmasking: Photography Workshop on Portrait and Identity
by Marc Lathuillière
January 30 - February 06, 2010

Marc Lathuillière, the French lensman behind "France Face Lost," will hold a free workshop from 10am to 3pm at Silverlens Gallery on January 30 and February 6 sponsored by Alliance Française, followed by an artist’s talk at Silverlens on February 6 at 6pm to introduce his work and artistic approach.

Dealing with French identity and observing France after an extended stay in Asia, Lathuillière questions the stereotypes on which we build our identities with his use of masks. From Provence to Normandy, and from Bordeaux to Metz, more than four hundred people have already let him take their "de-faced" portraits.

THE WORKSHOP

Day 1, 10am-3pm (5 hrs): From Psychological to Masked Portrait

Participants are invited to bring national costumes (Maria Clara, terno, barong, malong, etc.) and examples of their photographic works, either printed or on a USB flash drive. This session will be spent mostly in the studio.

Day 2, 10am-3pm (5 hrs): From Masked to Contextual Portrait

This second session will be spent mostly outdoors. Participants are invited to bring their own mask. It would be helpful if those who have their own laptops could bring them to the session.

Feb 06, Saturday, 6pm: Artist Talk

“How is it possible to take pictures of the other, whether as a local or a foreigner? What can photography tell us about identity construction? Here are the questions I intend to raise with this Unmasking.”

- Marc Lathuillière

APPLICATION PROCESS

Participants to the workshop must first apply for a slot by submitting a portfolio of their works in PDF form along with a CV to Leonore Casuga at manage@silverlensphoto.com. Applicants may also send a cd to Silverlens Gallery, 2nd Floor YMC Building, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 1231. Applicants may include their website address in their CV as a supplement, but still need to submit a portfolio in PDF form.

The portfolio should be submitted by December 31. The list of accepted participants will be announced on January 16, 2010.

Marc Lathuillière’s exhibition of photographs France Face Lost opens at the Alliance Française Total Gallery on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, with cocktails at 6:30 pm. It will be on exhibit until February 25, 2010.

For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0917-5874011, or manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com / slab.silverlensphoto.com.

Image: Marc Lathuillièr, The Quality Meat, 2008

Marc Lathuilliere: Face Lost


"France Face Lost" by Marc Lathuilliere
February 02 - February 25, 2010

Marc Lathuilliere's exhibition entitled "France Face Lost" deals with French identity. It is the questioning of a visual artist looking at his homeland as if it wasn't. As if he was a tourist from fast moving Asia discovering the clichés and strangeness of a sleeping beauty named France.

Marc Lathuilliere first experienced this swing in perception in 2004, after extended stays in Asia, mostly in Thailand and South Korea. Coming back home, he realized how deeply French identity is anchored in the past, and the tremendous efforts French People devote to the preservation of its heritage. Through his "asianized" eyes, France now seemed estranged: he started to observe it with both wonder and worry.

To express these mixed feelings, he asked the French he met all over the country to wear a mask, always the same one, and then he took a portrait of them. An interactive game that froze them, shedding a new and doubtful light on their daily surroundings-architecture, sceneries, furniture… - , questioning the stereotypes on which we build our identities.

In five years, from Provence to Normandy, and from Bordeaux to Metz, more than four hundred people have already let him take their "de-faced" portrait.

Marc Lathuillière’s exhibition of photographs ‘’France Face Lost’’ opens at the Alliance Française Total Gallery on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, with cocktails at 6:30 pm. It will be on exhibit until February 25, 2010. Gallery days and hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday, 9am to 2pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; 
Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Marc Lathuillière will hold a workshop at Silverlens Gallery on January 30 and February 6 followed by an artist’s talk to introduce his work and artistic approach. For more information about the workshop and the artist talk please contact Silverlens Gallery at 816 0044 or email Leonore Casuga at manage@silverlensphoto.com.

For high resolution images of the artworks and more details about the exhibit, kindly contact Mr. Stéphane Doutrelant (AFM Director) or Ms Sabrina Durand (Cultural Officer) at 895 7441 / 895 7585 or email sabrina@alliance.ph. You may visit the AFM website at www.alliance.ph or the artist’s site at www.lathuilliere.com.

This exhibition is organized with the support of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Silverlens Gallery.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Epson Color Imaging Competition 2009



Congratulations to the Epson Color Imaging Competition 2009!

Grand Prize Winner:
chito Cleofas 'Splash in a Rush'

Runner-up:
Manuel Marcelo "Ops, Wait for Me"
Sean Dinno Sandoval "Mahuli Taya"

Top 21:
Samuel de Leon: "Brave World"
Danilo Victoriano: "Ondoy's Innovent Victims"
Lino Armuenda: "Lady Vendor"
Edwin Robert Cortes: "Tired of Monkeying around"
Al Fritz Ermac: "Seeing the Future"
Raniel Castaneda: "Corn Harvest"
Ivy Cabardo: Untitled entry
Luis Cinco: "Water, Water everywhere"
David Leprozo: "Wooden Scooter All In A Row"
Eric John Azucena: "Graduation Joy"
Leslie Chua: "Swim Fan"
Jed Ray Calara: "Chillin'"
Peter Ang: "Boy Refreshing # 1"
Richard Ladia: "Playmates"
Rogelio Vicente Jr.: "Fun at the beach"
Gifford John Perral: "Look"
JM Leovy Chua: "Balloon Man"
Ronald Barretto: "Easy on a Sunday Evening"

Read more here.

Photos: Dennis Rito

Note: Will update this post later.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vignettes of Macau

The Macau Government Tourism Office in partnership with Philippine Center for Photojournalism are pleased to invite you to view "Vignettes of Macau" Photo Essay Exhibit on December 4-6, 2009 at the Atrium, Level 2, The Block, SM North Edsa, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City.

Participating photographers:
Pam Chua
Jimmy Domingo
Raymond Panaligan
Ms. Gigie Cruz-Sy

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Call for Papers: FACING ASIA- Histories and Legacies of Asian Studio Photography

FACING ASIA:
Histories and Legacies of Asian Studio Photography

An international two day conference on early photographers and their studio practices in Asia, and cross-cultural exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region.

Presented by the Research School of Humanities, Australian National University and the National Gallery of Australia.

In the wake of postcolonial critiques of the camera’s objectivity, such colonial-era photographs have often been interpreted as symptomatic of colonialist attitudes and fantasies toward their subjects. However, local communities and indigenous elites quickly adopted the technology for their own domestic purposes and nationalist agendas. Enterprising indigenous studio photographers such as Francis Chit in Bangkok, Afong in Hong Kong, and Uchida Kuichi in Tokyo, also catered to appreciative foreign clients and markets, reversing the initial relations between photographers and customers in the studio. While the studio often served as a space of cross-cultural encounters between photographers and sitters, its practices and procedures were often inflected by local cultural preferences and traditions.

This conference aims to explore the photographic portrait in the first hundred years of the medium in Asia. It intends to promote inter-regional comparative analyses between scholars working in diverse cultural and national contexts. The symposium will not only analyse photographic representations of Asian peoples for the global market, but also consider the domestic adoptions and adaptations of the visual technology for local forms of self-representation and cultural practice. It will also consider the studio photograph as collaboration between photographer and sitter, and the diverse performed identities invoked in photographic sittings.


Read more here or download a PDF copy here.
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