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Workshop 1: Problems and Definitions

Join us for a day of presentations, panel discussions and dialogue with international peers.

Friday 22 March 2024, 09:30-16:00 GMT – Online

Photography permeates every aspect of contemporary life, serving as a tool for visual communication, personal expression, artistic creation, documentation, social engagement, and civic action. In the twentieth-first century, the traditional distinctions between high and low art, as well as between art and applied practices, and among different lens-based media have become blurred over time, rendering previous museum taxonomies obsolete and posing practical challenges for professionals.

This inaugural agenda-setting workshop seeks to foster dialogue among international scholars, curators, artists, photographers, museum professionals, and archivists regarding various definitions and understandings of “photography” and its cultural significance within and beyond museum settings. Featuring presentations by invited speakers, a roundtable discussion, and breakout sessions, the workshop aims to explore diverse institutional perspectives, policies, practices, and challenges related to the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of photographic images. Insights and feedback collected from participants will shape the framework and topics of subsequent workshops.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr Katrina Sluis – Associate Professor and Head of Photography and Media Arts, Australia National University and artist;
Prof. Anna Fox, Photographer and Director of Fast Forward: Women in Photography, UK;
Liz Wewiora, Socially Engaged Photography Network (SEPN) and Head of Social Practice at Open Eye Gallery, UK.
Dr Iro Katsaridou, Director of MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece
Budi N.D. Dharmawan, Independent Photographer and Writer, Indonesia.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Katrina Sluis

Katrina Sluis is Head of Photography & Media Arts at Australia National University, where she also co-convenes the Computational Culture Lab. Previously, Katrina was Senior Lecturer & founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI), London South Bank University. The Centre brought together researchers from cultural and software studies, art and media practice to develop knowledge and understanding of how network culture transforms the production and circulation of images and cultural objects. From 2011-19 she also held the inaugural post of Senior Curator (Digital Programmes) at The Photographers’ Gallery, London developing and commissioning artistic and public projects engaged with machine vision, synthetic imaging, net culture and speculative photographic education. She is the co-editor of The Networked Image in Post-Digital Culture (Routledge, 2022).

Prof. Alexandra Moschovi

Prof. Alexandra Moschovi is an academic scholar, art critic, and curator seeking to situate photographic practices within broader art historical, museological, and visual culture debates. With interdisciplinary studies in photography and media and a Ph.D. in art history, Moschovi has published widely on modern/contemporary photography and the interface of photography, digital technologies, the museum, and the archive. She co-authored the volume Greece through Photographs (Melissa Publishing House, 2007/09), co-edited the anthology The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet (Leuven University Press, 2013), and authored the monograph A Gust of Photo-Philia: Photography in the Art Museum (Leuven University Press, 2020). Her curatorial projects include the exhibitions Realities and Plausibilities (Xippas Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2009) and Portrayals of History: Voula Papaioannou-Dimitris Harissiadis 1940-1960, Works from the Benaki Museum Photographic Archives (with M. Skoufias, Thessaloniki Photography Museum, Greece, 2017).

Moschovi is a Professor of Photography and Curating at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, University of Sunderland, UK.

Dr Iro Katsaridou

Dr Iro Katsaridou is an art historian and Director at the MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of
since 2021. She has studied art history, and museum studies in Thessaloniki, New York and Paris. Her PhD research (Aristotle University, 2010) concerns the institutional discourse on photography in Greece in the period 1970-2000. Iro has worked as a curator for almost two decades, mostly at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece, curating exhibitions on photography and 20th century art, including German photography during World War II and art and photography during World War I, and co-edited the respective exhibition catalogues. She has taught at several universities in Greece in art history and museum studies. Iro has published in international collective volumes and journals contributions on photography, museums and politics, and has participated in several international conferences.
Together with Eve Kalyva and Pamela Bianchi, she co-edited the volume Museums and Entrepreneurship: Capitalising on Culture (Routledge, forthcoming 2024).

Prof. Anna Fox

Prof. Anna Fox has been working in photography and video for over thirty years. Influenced by the British documentary tradition and US ‘New Colourists’ her first work, Work Stations observed, with a critical eye, London office culture in the mid Thatcher years. Later work documenting weekend wargames, Friendly Fire, was exhibited in the exhibition Warworks at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Netherlands Foto Institute and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her solo shows have been seen at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Shanghai Center of Photography and her work has been included in significant international group shows: Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde at Tate Liverpool and How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. In 2010, she was shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and later in 2024 she has three bodies of work included in Photographing 80’s Britain: A Critical Decade at Tate Britain.

Fox has published numerous monographs, and her work is in the collections of the V&A, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, amongst many others.   Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and leads the Fast Forward Women in Photography research project.

Liz Wewiora

Liz Wewiora is an independent producer, curator and visual artist specialising in socially engaged arts practice and commissioning. She is currently the Head of Social Practice at Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and lecturer on the Socially Engaged Photography MA at University of Salford where she is also undertaking a PhD exploring the ‘expanding the role of socially engaged approaches to practice across higher education and cultural sectors.’ Liz coordinates the Socially Engaged Photography Network, a national initiative to profile and accelerate socially engaged photography practice in the UK and recently led the development and delivery of a national training programme for museum professionals in socially-engaged photography supported by Art Fund.  She delivers freelance curatorial projects as one half of Wewiora and Booth (an agency which puts audiences at the heart of its programming), including major national touring projects such as Tall Tales, SIXTEEN and consultancy work for organisations such as SIGNAL film and media.

Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Budi N.D. Dharmawan is a writer and curator based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Budi started his journey in photography working for national and international publications, such as National Geographic IndonesiaLe Monde, and Stern. His work has also been shown in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and the U.S.A. Budi is a co-founder of Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, a community-based free photography school; Cephas Photo Forum, a photography sharing and discussion platform; and Kumpul Buku Foto Yogyakarta / Photobook Club Yogyakarta. As his interest in photography grew, Budi turned to writing and curating. His latest curatorial project was exhibited during the inaugural Jakarta International Photography Festival in 2019.