In light of the shift that has significantly reshaped the photographic medium, its boundaries and definitions are increasingly investigated in order to update its discourse. Yet many photography institutions have so far shied away from the transformations of the medium, and there is a lack of resources to help us navigate and make sense of photography’s “mutations” today.
You Must Not Call It Photography If This Expression Hurts You attempts to extend, upgrade and reboot our understanding of photography by creating a digital and printed guidebook to engage directly with this exciting and uncharted territory. Katrina Sluis, Adjunct Research Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Jon Uriarte, Artistic Director of DONE Festival at Foto Colectania in Barcelona join the curators of SITUATIONS to conceive this playful manual, experimental map and subversive manifesto of photography for the extreme present.
In this evening event the authors of this ongoing project will present the initial ideas behind You Must Not Call It Photography If This Expression Hurts You (a title referring to one of John Cage’s statements). They will share provocations, frustrations, visions and possibilities for practitioners, theoreticians and institutions to engage with photography’s changing role, and discuss with the audience paradigms and questions that are most relevant for photography today.
The event took place in English on 4 April 2018 at 18:30 in the exhibition SITUATIONS/Photo Text Data at Fotomuseum (Grüzenstrasse 45, 8400 Winterthur).
Project page: youmustnotcallit.photography
More about Unthinking Photography: unthinking.photograph
More about DONE Festival: fotocolectania.org/en/tags/8/done