CHERINE FAHD : Staging Landscape
MOROCCO 11 – 25 April 2020
The landscape continues to be one of the most enduring subjects for photographers. Surveying a history of landscape photography demonstrates the endless possibilities available to image makers. On this tour you will be guided through a wide-ranging approach to photography and the landscape.
We will look at ways the landscape, whether urban or remote, offers a stage for contemporary photographic and video works. This includes the way artists have used documentary photography to playfully intervene in the landscape through sculptural interventions, land art, and performance.
We will look at the differences between landscape photographs when they feature a lone human figure and conversely when they are devoid of a human subject. Also, we study the various ways to portray landscapes that are man-made, or untouched by humans, and approaches to environmental or ethical dilemmas.
We will examine what it means to be an outsider in a landscape as well as the intrinsic connection we may forge with places far from home. Photographing places unfamiliar and culturally different from Western countries offers interesting challenges which we will navigate together as you learn to gauge the complexities that critical image makers must negotiate when photographing abroad.
All this, while we are deeply immersed in the cultural significance and beauty of Morocco.
ABOUT the tour
This 14 day tour will take you into remote areas of the High Atlas Mountains, away from the usual tourist routes. Starting in the ancient city of Marrakech we travel to the to the northern edge of the vast Sahara through the spectacular landscape of Morocco.
Traveling with Cherine you will experience the wonderful world of the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people. Time is given to taking photographs en route to explore the wealth and beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture, interspersed with lively discussion on the topics of conceptual image-making and storytelling.
Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, and we enjoy the extraordinary delights of Amazigh food and hospitality including traditional music performance. The warmth and good humour of the people is immense and the insights into the Islamic world and Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life fascinating.
Traveling with a small group of like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts including Australian artist Rita Lazauskas and professional Amazigh Guide Abdenabi Imelouane, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.
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…about CHERINE FAHD
For two decades Cherine Fahd (b.1974) has worked with documentary modes of image making. Much of her early works presented a surrealist engagement with spontaneous actions that involved hiding herself and her subjects from view, as well as the documentation of peculiar gestures. Currently, she continues to test the distinctions between the staged and unstaged image, while asking questions of the ways we perform for the camera. This has evolved from an enduring focus on familial experiences, which often to humorous effect, have provoked questions about the politics of appearance, concealment, race and identity, in relation to self and other.
Fahd’s extensive exhibition history has seen her work shown in major public institutions in Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel. She has been the recipient of numerous Grants from the Australia Council (2016, 2014, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1999) along with art awards and residencies such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW (2005), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award (2004), National Photography Prize (2010) and the Moya Dyring Studio from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2003). In 2018 she has been awarded the Asialink Creative Exchange to work and travel to India.
Fahd was awarded a Ph.D. from Monash University, Melbourne and is Senior Lecturer in Photography at UTS Design. She is currently a serving member of the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.