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Carolyn Drake – Reimagining Narratives
6 November 2021 @ 10:00 - 7 November 2021 @ 17:00
Saturday, November 6th – Sunday, November 7th 10am-6pm
In this two-day workshop, Carolyn Drake will discuss her continually changing relationship with the idea of documentary. She will describe her own creative attitude toward the search for authenticity, while also considering how technological change is constantly altering perceptions of truth.
The workshop will begin with a presentation of Drake’s work embracing collaboration and melding photography with sewing, collage, and sculpture. She is interested in collapsing the traditional divide between author and subject, the real and the imaginary, to challenge entrenched binaries. From her collaboration with an enigmatic group of women in Mississippi for her most recent celebrated book Knit Club (TBW Books, 2020), to her long term works: Internat (self, 2017), with young women in an ex Soviet orphanage, Wild Pigeon (self, 2014) with Uighurs in China, Two Rivers (self, 2013) exploring the connections between ecology, culture and political power along the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Drake will discuss how collapsing the divide between author and subject influences her ever-changing photographic language.
On the second day, Drake will explore how expansive research, ranging from literature to film, from acute observation to imagination and happenstance, fuel and inspire her practice. This will help participants to consider and connect more deeply to their own practice – and more specifically, to their own creative process – and to consider their work in relation to research, experience and expanded contexts.
A series of exercises, drawing on the participants’ production and inspirations will complete the workshop.
Carolyn Drake is the unanimous winner of the Henri Cartier Bresson Award 2021 with Centaur, working title of a series that furthers the acclaimed Knit Club (TBW, 2020). She is a member of Magnum Agency.
Drake was born in California and studied Media/Culture and History in the early 1990s at Brown University. Following her graduation from Brown, in 1994, Drake moved to New York and worked as a interactive designer for many years before departing to engage with the physical world through photography.
She now lives in California and is currently developing self-reflective projects close to home. Her latest work, Isolation Therapy, is on view at SFMOMA’s show Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim fellowship, the Anamorphosis Prize book prize, Peter S Reed Foundation, Lightwork, the Do Good Fund, the Lange Taylor prize, Magnum Foundation, Pulitzer Center, and a Fulbright fellowship.
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