Contemporary Photography and Territory

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Estado: 
Em curso
Grupo de investigacao: 
Arte Visual e Interactiva
Tipologia: 
Investigação e Desenvolvimento
Investigador principal: 
Jenny Feray (PhD)
Elementos da equipa (%afetação): 
Jenny Feray (PhD), Carlos Lobo (PhD student)
Resumo: 

The photographic image is one of the most thought, discussed, theorized and disseminated images in the world of contemporary art. In this context, Photography is interpreted as a "set of paradoxical images”.

This research project aims to study the notion of “territory” in the different contemporary photography practices, either visually or theoretically. Our research aims to reinforce the notion that the vast spectrum of the photographic image cannot be reduced to a mere delimitation of a space-time, an assertion of a presence or the faithful transcription of the real.

The question is: how to revisit or perhaps even to rethink the ways of seeing, between the vision and the sight? And in that way, escape from the analogical grip of the eye on the photographic image? This reflection about photography as a “deterritorialization” tool derives from Gilles Deleuze notion and it is a key issue in our theorical approach to photography as an informed practice.

The question of the territory in photography, relates to the relation that the image maintains with the physical territory as well as the photographic medium as a territory by itself.

Objetivos do projeto: 

Since the experimental phase one of the most important steps in the research, our research aims to question the photographic act as the means to new perceptions and new approaches to reality. This team includes Professors and Researchers specialized in photography as well as students attending Master courses in photography.

The objectives are:

  • To take actively part in contemporary photographic research;
  • To take into account the diversity of the contemporary and artistic photographic practices within the framework of a theoretic-critical reflection;
  • To allow the students of the Master degree in Photography to understand the challenges of contemporary photography;
  • To arise the interest of general public and specialists to the issues at debate within the framework of the CITAR;

As a theoretical background linked with the opening Masters in Photography, we want to organize exchanges, exhibitions and discussions. The different phases of the project will allow researchers, teachers and students to develop a relevant research on the proposed theme "Contemporary Photography and Territory":

  • Annual exhibition of final works of Master students in photography;
  • Annual presentation of research works in the class “Ethics and Poetics of the photographic act” (A collaboration between the School of Arts and the Acapo, delegation of Porto). This exhibition will be accessible both to the general public as well to blind people and the visually impaired.
  • Annual seminar on the theme "Contemporary Photography and Territory". This event will take the form of lectures and discussions with invited photographers, researchers, teachers and theorists of photography. During this day, a specific topic will be discussed and the conclusions will be grouped into a publication. The students from the second year of the Master in Photography will participate actively and will be responsible for organizing the day and lead a part of the discussions. The aim is also that students can enrich their essay topic through exchanges from this day of study.
  • Publication of an annual monograph by a photographer.
Atividades e calendario: 
  • Annual exhibition of final works of Master students in photography (May/June)
  • Annual presentation of research works in “Ethics and Poetics of the photographic act” (October)
  • Seminar on the theme "Contemporary Photography and Territory". (October)
  • Publication of the study day conclusions (January)
  • Publication of an annual monograph by a photographer. (July)
Sumario: 

Contemporary Photography and Territory The photographic image is one of the most thought, discussed, theorized and disseminated images in the world of contemporary art. In this context, Photography is interpreted as a "set of paradoxical images”.