Master Class 2018

Gideon Mendelギデオン・メンデル

Memory and Materiality
記憶と有形性 – 形を持つということ –

4/15, 4/16|10:00 – 18:00

Wanderers Stand 2nd floor
Ichihata Bulding 2nd Floor, 58Yaoya-Cho, Shimo, Kyoto-City 600-8321

Working alongside Mendel, participants will focus on visual responses to their personal items, learning how to photograph them to convey meaning. This will be an active hands-on masterclass with a conceptual overlay consisting of a series of individual and group feedback sessions. All participants will be expected to bring digital cameras and laptops to allow for rapid experimentation and assessment of work. At the conclusion of the masterclass each participant will have produced their own set of images, but the dialogue within the group is crucial so the final output is also a group endeavor: a lattice of images and memory connecting all the people taking part. This masterclass will equip participants with the tools to document and story tell. Personal artifacts could include documents, objects, even the non-physical like anecdotes relating to their own emotional and social legacy.

“I believe that certain objects that relate to our lives carry a powerful energy. Many of these connect us to to our personal history, and perhaps point towards our future. I have been called a ‘contemporary archeologist’, pondering the significance of artifacts before the residue of time accumulates. The challenge for us as photographers and artists is to find ways to represent and document these items in ways that compound their meaning and tell a compelling story.”

Gideon Mendel
Recognized as one of the world’s leading contemporary photographers, Mendel’s intimate style of image-making and long-term commitment to projects has earned him international acclaim. Born in Johannesburg in 1959, he studied Psychology and African History at the University of Cape Town. He began photographing in the 1980s, during the final years of apartheid. It was his work as a “struggle photographer” during this period that first brought his work to global attention. In the early 1990s he moved to London, continuing to respond to global social issues, with a major focus on HIV/AIDS, particularly in Africa but expanding worldwide during the last twenty years. Mendel has worked for many leading magazines, including National Geographic, Geo, and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. His first book, A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa, was published in 2001. Since then he has produced a number of photographic advocacy projects, working with prominent NGOs, including The Global Fund, Médecins Sans Frontières, Treatment Action Campaign, Action Aid, the Terrene Higgins Trust, UNICEF, Christian Aid, and Concern Worldwide. Mendel’s earliest work from South Africa is highlighted in the Rise and Fall of Apartheid touring exhibition, curated by Okwui Enwezor. His new project, entitled Dzhangal, an‘anti-photographic’ response to the global refugee crisis has recently shown at Autograph in London and the book is published by GOSTBooks. Since 2007, Mendel has been working on Drowning World, his widely acclaimed art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change. Solo shows of Drowning World have been shown at many galleries and public installations around the world, most recently at Les Recontres de la Photographie in Arles. Amongst many accolades, Mendel has won the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, six World Press Photo Awards, first prize in the Pictures of the Year competition, a POY Canon Photo Essayist Award, and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism. In 2015 he was short listed for the Prix Pictet Award (Disorder) for Drowning World. In 2016 he was the first recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s “Pollock Prize for Creativity” and also received the Jury Prize of the 2016 Greenpeace Photo Award.


4/15、4/16|10:00 – 18:00
*Please arrive 15 minutes early.
*Strong recommendation to attend the artist talk on April 14th in Tambaguchi between Mendel and his curator Mark Sealy.
Wanderers Stand 2nd floor
(Ichihata Building 2nd Floor, 58 Yaoya-Cho, Shimo, Kyoto-City)
English with Japanese Translation
To bring: Camera Equipment, laptop, materials relating to family history (photographs, letters, postcards, mementos etc.)
¥18,000 tax incl.
Minimum 10, maximum 15
*Entries should be submitted with 5-piece portfolio
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Payment methods:
Bank deposit or Paypal
Deposit to:
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Demachi Branch(Branch Number 506) Saving Account 0120577
Account Holder シヤダンホウジンキヨウトグラフイー

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