Bénédicte Kurzen

16-20 May 2022

About the workshop

In this 5-day workshop we will explore the relationship and the specific balance between visually powerful images and the ethics in documentary photography. We will create a space for the participants to develop and renegotiate their own practice and the intentions behind it. We will raise the questions concerning the power dynamics between the photographer and the subject, the frame and the intention, truth and reality. On the basis of a collaborative practice, you will be supported to discover new depth to your beautiful images. In order to take full advantage of our short time together, you could think in advance which questions & points about your own work & projects you would like to discuss during this workshop.

About the artist

Bénédicte Kurzen (France) is a photographer and a member of NOOR agency since 2012. Her work is shaped by long term comitment, rules of ethics to the question of post colonial representation of war, violence, and socio-economic changes in Africa and more specifically in Nigeria. For the fast few years, she has developped a collaborative process with her subjects, but also other photographers and artists to disperse the overpowering figure of the western gaze and its mechanisms. This is particularly obvious in her two last bodies of work – “Lake Chad Chronicles” and “Land of Ibeji”. She is represented by TJ Boulting gallery (London, UK). She holds a master’s degree in Contemporary History with Excellence (La Sorbonne, Paris). Among few disctinctions, she was part of the prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass (2008), a Pulitzer Center and European Journalism Center grantee (2012, 2017), nominated for the Visa d’Or for her work about ethnico religious violence in Nigeria (“A nation Lost to god, 2012). More recently, she won with her collaborator, Sanne De Wilde, the first Prize in the portrait category of the World Press Photo (2019) along with other prizes. In 2015, became an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Nigeria, and has guest lecturer in various institutions. More recently she became a contributing photographer to National Geographic and a member of the Photographic Society.

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During the workshop, all necessary health security measures issued at the time were taken and participants presented the virus-free certificate.

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