Photographers and/or lens-based artists working together with a philosopher on a specific topic to create a project
Test work project
Matthieu Gafsou (CH, F, 1981) lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. After completing a master of arts in philosophy, literature and cinema at the University of Lausanne, he studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey. Since 2006, Gafsou has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and published five books. In 2009 Gafsou was awarded the prestigious “Prix de la fondation HSBC pour la photographie” and subsequently was invited to contribute to the Aperture Foundation’s 2010 reGeneration2 exhibition. In 2014, Lausanne’s influential Musée de l’Elysée hosted Gafsou’s solo show titled Only God Can Judge Me. In 2018, the H+ exhibition was one of the highlights of Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. In parallel to his artistic practice, Gafsou is on faculty at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL). http://www.gafsou.ch/
Richard Whitlock, photographer, sculptor, and film-maker, studied at Oxford University. He has exhibited widely and lectured on questions of perspective at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, the Greek National Film Archive, the Chinese Central Academy of Art and Queen’s College New York. His non-perspectival ‘moving pictures’ are presented in Afterimage, Photomediations Machine and discussed at some length in Joanna Zylinska’s Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press 2017). He lives in Greece.
Respectively it is targeted to philosophers and researchers, who are interested in conversing with artists, sharing knowledge and also learning from their artistic practice.It is a lab where visual artists mostly work with philosophers and not exclusively on philosophy. In that respect philosophical texts and wider topics may be in our areas of interest more as a means to explore seeing and thinking rather than the end on which we focus to extract information. It is lab which also aims at creating through experimentation and transfigurations of artefacts material which may raise philosophical questions and discussion.