After a closed workshop conducted by Carles Guerra for the students of the KULeuven at Wiels during the afternoon of May 14, a debate is opened to the public.
Key words for the discussions are:
- notions of critical realism in the work of Bruno Serralongue
- pictorial elements
- vernacular style
- anti-photojournalism or pseudo-photojournalism
- documentary legacy
- post-conceptual photography
- aesthetics of resistance (or the political potential of art)
- temporality of the photographic image.
Carles Guerra is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He also teaches Visual Culture Studies at the Universitat de Barcelona and Critical Studies at the Master of Communication and Art Criticism, Universitat de Girona. Since 2007, he is a member of the Greenroom reference group devoted to documentary practices at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson). He is also an artist, curator and art critic based in Barcelona. He is a member of the editorial board of Cultura/s, a weekly culture magazine published by the newspaper La Vanguardia, as well as editor of Desacuerdos published by UNIA, Arteleku and MACBA. In 2004 he was appointed Director of Primavera Fotogràfica and since 2006 he is Chair of ICUB, Institut de Cultura de lAjuntament de Barcelona.
Alexander Streitberger is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Université catholique de Louvain. He is co-director of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and editor of the Lieven Gevaert Series (Leuven University Press). He has published widely on contemporary art and photography as well as on the role of language philosophy in 20th-century art.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Ruchel-Stockmans is a doctoral researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a member of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre. In her current project, founded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), she focuses on representations of history in contemporary art as well as on the relationship between photography and painting.
Dirk Snauwaert is Director of Wiels