INSTAGRAM. WORK IN PROGRESS
Uroš Abram, Simon Chang, Irena Herak, Diana Lui, Fernanda Prado, Boštjan Pucelj, Matjaž Rušt, Klavdij Sluban, Špela Škulj, Jane Štravs
1 photo a day, 10 photographers, 11 days.
Online exhibition at http://instagram.com/instagram_wip and at Galerija Fotografija Gallery
#visualization of culture #social networks #gallery context # photographer's daily work VS visual diarrhea
Photography has never before played such a significant role as it does today. We live in the world where the experience of reality is mediated to us through all-present images. As the photographer László Moholy-Nagy announced around century ago knowledge of the photographic language has become as important as knowledge of the alphabet.
In its short history photography has experienced rapid technological development from heliography to digital photography. Since the first photography made in 1827 to the 1920s when large format cameras and photographic plates were mainly replaced by small format camera. That allowed professional photographer to replace the studio for the street. In the 1990s digital photography with image sensors and computer programs replaced film and darkroom. With digital cameras on smartphones, photography became accessible like never before . As well as for the photographer as for the viewer.
The biggest changes in recent decades have happened in the area of accessibility and speed of transfer of photography from the photographer to the viewer. Photography has become instantly accessible.
Today, when there are countless possibilities of publishing photographs, we talk about a prevailing visualization of culture and we wonder what impact does this phenomenon have on photographic art? What does it mean for professional photographers, artists?
Should an artist using photography take an advantage of all social platforms and networks so that his/her work can be seen all around the world immediately?
And finally, what does it all mean for the gallery space? Is it still needed? In what sense?
We have invited 10 photographers/artists to participate at the project "Instagram – work in progress". Some of them have already been Instagram users others have become now due to this exhibition. But all of them have already been using also smartphones for their photographic expression and creation.
Between 11th and 22nd March 2014, each photographer has to contribute a photo per day made in the last 24 hours and upload it on gallery’s Instagram account, which was opened especially for this online exhibition project. The subject of the series is open.The exhibition in the gallery will be shown on android tablets.
At the closing of the exhibition, on Tuesday, 25th March 2014 the round panel discussion with the participating authors will be held in the gallery. We are interested in participants experience gained by this project; what it meant for each of them for their creative process.