UNINSTRUCTING PHOTOGRAPHY (UP) is a week of activities by and for students, focusing on the blind spots in higher education photography. UP gives a voice to photography students from all over the world, through talks, workshops, and open spaces. The event will take place at KASK & Conservatorium’s Campus Bijloke in Ghent, Belgium.
After 50 years of educating photographers at KASK & Conservatorium, the floor is open to photography students to surpass the teacher's authority and search for fertile ground in horizontal teaching. ln the exchanges between students lies a valuable way of instructing and learning, an informal and secret sharing that tackles issues sometimes missing from the curricula.
In response to an open call, six groups of students are invited to initiate workshops and debates. On the question ‘What can you bring to photography education?’, a wide range of topics arose: the subjectivity and the playfulness of the creative process; experimentation with alternate and ecological processes to produce photographic prints; shame; building bridges between image-makers and their audience; the role of the photographer; non-production and collective thinking about current debates in contemporary photography.
The spring school will be accompanied by a playful peripheral program with live music, film projections, blind spot portfolio reviews, a visual conversation with students of the University of Tehran and a ping pong tournament, among others.