Blurring the Lines | Meaning in the Making
The 4th International Conference on Photography and Education is organised in collaboration with Blurring the Lines, Urbanautica, and Paris College of Art, and will focus on the theme "Meaning in the Making" with the aim to distinguish “meaning in a photograph” from “meaning through photographing”
The European Cultural Centre, in collaboration with Blurring the Lines, Urbanautica, and Paris College of Art, will host on November 19, 2022, the 4th International Conference on Photography and Education. This year's event focuses on "Meaning in the Making". Nowadays, thanks to the power of social media, we see a considerable amount of images that look alike. Either they are taken in the exact locations, have a similar visual narrative, or depict identical subjects. But in the end, what makes the difference is the meaning that photographers tend to convey with their work.
For the 2022 edition, the theme « The Meaning in the Making » aims to potentially distinguish “meaning in a photograph” from “meaning through photographing.” Making an image is an entirely different experience —it requires skill, knowledge, and the experience of knowing what you want from a setup before you even put the viewfinder up to your eye. The art of making images takes a life span to understand.
A photograph goes beyond what is depicted and points to what is suggested beyond the boundaries of the frame. The meaning delves into our minds to create meaningful work and explore our connection with the viewer. It is attained through narrative, storytelling, symbolism, and metaphor, leaving space for imagination and deeper audience engagement. In that sense, finding meaning in the making comes down to understanding ourselves: what we value, what we fear and how our past experiences still inform our emotions and behaviour today.
14:00 - 15:00 | Round Table “Meaning in the Making”
Moderator: Klaus Fruchtnis
Speakers: Matilde Biondi Morra di Belforte (Art historian and art market consultant), Lisanne van Happen (Freelance curator, fundraiser, and producer), Baptiste Lignel (Photographer and educator) – Online and In-person session
15:00 - 15:15 | “Launch of the catalog Blurring the Lines” by Steve Bisson
15:15 - 16:00 | Round Table “Strategies for visualizing the invisible” - Online session
Moderator: Ragna Arndt Maric
Speakers: Manuel Alejandro Beltrán Zorro (Colombia), Nikita Yusman (Singapore), Weronika Perłowska (Poland), Beatrice Corsini (Italy)
16:00 - 16:45 | Round Table “Emerging talents and challenging perspectives”
Moderator: Elena Volpato (ECC Italy)
Speakers: Olivia Morris Andersen (Sweden), Katerina Motyleva (Ukraine), Joeri Boelhouwer (The Netherlands), Jaka Teršek (Slovenia), Allen Thomas (India)
16:45 – 17:00 | Conclusions final thoughts with Klaus Fruchtnis & Elena Volpato followed by Drinks Reception