Federico Clavarino

4 - 8 July 2022

About the workshop

Labyrinths are places we must find our way across. Laboratories are also places where we expect to make findings. Labyrinths and labs open up their own peculiar time and space, rather independently of what might be happening outside their walls. Yet we enter the labyrinth with our hopes to find our way out, and what one does in a laboratory would be fruitless if their discoveries weren’t put to test out in the open. They are places we enter with hope and expectation. In this five-day workshop on the island of Santorini, he will invite participants to adopt a labyrinthine working method by playing a game with him. Each of them is going to be assigned a starting point and a series of prompts along the way. These will incessantly lead the participants from our “laboratory” in Akrotiri to the “labyrinth” of Santorini and back again, until their project is completed and exhibited on the island. This workshop, though, is not so much about outcomes as it is about process and about opening up a space for experimentation, dialogue and debate. Participants will be invited to engage with each other’s works and exchange feedback. He will provide participants with indications, references, practical tools and theoretical inputs, as well as sharing with them his experience working with photographic projects.

About the artist

Federico Clavarino is a visual artist and educator. He studied creative writing at Alessandro Baricco’s Scuola Holden in Turin and documentary photography at Fosi Vegue’s BlankPaper Escuela in Madrid. He also holds a Master of Research degree from the Royal College of Art in London, where he is currently pursuing a PhD by practice. Six of his books have been published and his works have been exhibited all over Europe, in the official programme of festivals, galleries and museums. He taught at BlankPaper Escuela from 2012 to 2017, and currently lectures and gives workshops internationally, collaborating with museums, schools and universities.

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