Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Exhibition - Authentic Constructions at photo + craft conference

March 31- April 3, 2016 photo+craft, hosted by Warren Wilson College, is an unprecedented community arts event happening March 31—April 3, 2016 at multiple venues in downtown Asheville and the River Arts District.
Through exhibitions, talks, film and panel discussions, this cross-disciplinary festival explores visual and material culture in the 21st century by examining intersections between photography and craft.

April 1: Authentic Constructions exhibit as part of photo+craft symposium
Henco Gallery, Asheville SC
Authentic Constructions considers the multi dimensional world of photography and reveals its construction. On view March 31 – April 3. Participating Artists:Lindsay Lochman & Barbara Ciurej, Constance ThalkenJanelle Young, and Christina Z Anderson.

Lindsay with Art Widow, Molly Cassidy and Curator, Anna Helgeson

Photo + Craft  Schedule of Events: 

Friday April 1
 Exhibition and Opening Reception: “Authentic Constructions”

Keynote Speaker Fred Ritchin: “Bending the Frame: Photography and Social Change”

Broadway Arts Building
Reception 7-8:30pm

Dean of the School at International Center of Photography, Fred Ritchin has written and lectured internationally about the challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution. Ritchin’s recent book, “Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen”, asks the question: how can images promote new thinking and make a difference in the world?

Saturday April 2
Workshop with Robert Asman: “Cameraless Photography: Silver Figurative Rendering Salon”

The Asheville Darkroom

 Presentation and Discussion:
“Making and Meaning: Photobooks and the Social Fabric” with Clarissa Sligh and Alejandro Cartagena (moderated by Eric Baden)

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Internationally recognized artists Clarissa Sligh and Alejandro Cartagena show and talk about their work with photobooks, one of today’s most active and intimate forms of photographic practice. Cartagena’s self-published ‘Before the War’ was selected by both Time and Mother Jones as a 2015 best photobook of the year. Sligh’s new artist book, ‘Transforming Hate’, is set to be released the weekend of photo+craft. Both artists engage issues of contemporary social relevance in deeply personal ways. 

 Film Screening with Harvey Wang:
“From Darkroom to Daylight”

Altamont Theatre

Director Harvey Wang to introduce his documentary film featuring interviews with more than 20 important figures in the field of photography about the digital revolution and how this has impacted their work.

 Panel Discussion:
“Ghosts in the Machine: Finding Craft in the Digital” with James Huckenpahler, Vesna Pavlović, and Elijah Gowin
(moderated by Bernard Welt)

Altamont Theatre

This panel of working practioners discusses not only finding visual form within the digital medium, but also carefully considers the ideas that surround the materiality of photography and what craft means when working with 1s and 0s.

Keynote Speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers: “Almost Touch + Virtual Communities: Photo+Craft”

CCCD Upstairs Ballroom

Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, educator and director/co-founder of Critical Craft Forum, asks: how does photography operate in conjunction with the handmade object? When photography – and social media – are the primary vehicles for communicating about objects, how is photography creating craft  communities?

photo+craft Celebration and Exhibition Opening: “Phantom Practices”


8pm onward

A reception for “Phantom Practices”, an exhibition with works by 9 of the photo+craft presenters at REVOLVE including the panelists, Clarissa Sigh, Harvey Wang, Courtney Dodd, Robert Asman, Clay Harmon, and Alejandro Cartagena.

Sunday April 3
“Building a Collection: A Conversation with David Raymond, Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull”
(moderated by David J. Brown)

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

These prominent collectors (Raymond, Fischer and Shull) discuss how they identified, formed and developed their passion for contemporary art and photography, then worked with museums as a way to share and extend their vision.

Sponsored by
Warren Wilson College

Asheville, NC