Self Portrait by Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira


Self Portrait by Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira

The notion of intimacy, the use of the body, and the exploration of the self through various creative contexts have always been a point of return in contemporary art practices. In this class, we focus on the toughest type of observation: the study of our own persona. We turn the camera on ourselves and travel through our psyche, our dreams, our memories to tell and create stories. Whether we use our memories or create a fictional character, we reinvent personal notions of a self-portrait and documentary. 

This is an autobiographical class that focuses on the self as a tool, as a subject, and as a place of inspiration for new work. We will look and discuss the work of Sophie Calle, Emmett Gowin, Francesca Woodman, Marina Abromovic, Orlan, Jeff Wall, Nan Goldin and others as points of reference, we will also look at how world cultures interpret the idea of "self". Through class assignments, students will engage in various approaches to interpret and project their inner world. Discussions, short readings, films, critiques, and writing exercises will be pivotal components of the course. Students may work in either film or digital formats.  

BRING: A collection of 10-15 images to share with the class

INCLUDES: Lab pass to group traditional darkrooms, roll film processing, and computer workstations. This class does not include access to scanners or to printer workstations

INSTRUCTOR:  Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira

DATES: This class is not being offered during our current session. Please email us if you'd like to be added to a wait list to be notified when we offer this class again

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Workshop Cost: $175

Early Registration: $150