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workshop / Diane Dufour: CURATING PHOTOGRAPHY & VISUAL ARTS TODAY

March 23 @ 10:00 - March 24 @ 18:00

March 23 @ 10:00 March 24 @ 18:00

Diane Dufour, Founder and Co-Director of LE BAL, Paris
workshop on March 23 and 24, 2024

When Diane Dufour founded LE BAL with Raymond Depardon in 2010 our relationship with the image was changing and we were becoming, at the same time, producers, consumers and curators of images. Among the most innovative space proposals, LE BAL offered a welcoming, prolific and visionary harbour for all kinds of theoretical and creative projects.

In this two-day workshop, Dufour will talk about how a former dance room was turned into an independent platform for exhibitions, publications, ideas and education, centered on innovative contemporary visual langages in photography, video, film and new media. The group will also discuss new trends in the field of experimental documentary photography today and innovative approaches to visual literacy.

Each participant will be asked to prepare some material before the worshop and will have the possibility to show one project

Third appointment in the ‘Curating Photography’ series, after the workshops led by David Campany and Alona Pardo.

the workshop will be held in English
maximum 13 students
Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th
10 am – 6 pm
Micamera, Milan
Price: 350€ (+VAT)
Info and subscriptions: [email protected]

Diane Dufour is the founder and co-director of LE BAL in Paris.

Internationally recognized for the quality of its exhibition programme (Topography of War(2011), Images of conviction- The construction of visual evidence(2015) Provoke (2016) …), LE BAL is a key promoter of emerging talents (Mohamed Bourouissa, Clement Cogitore, Noémie Goudal, Joanna Piotrowska…). 

LE BAL also aims at discovering or rediscovering major artists or forgotten bodies of work including: Chauncey Hare, Paul Graham, Dirk Braeckman, Mark Lewis, Chris Killip, Mark Cohen, Rabih Mroué, Iwa K, Takuma Nakahira, Wang Bing and many more.

Each year, its educational platform La Fabrique du Regard puts together visual literacy workshops for 2,000 teenagers. Together with Christine Vidal, Diane Dufour is the Editorial Director of Les Carnets du Bal in partnership with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. This collection (The missing images – What can an image do? – The lasting images …) explores the issues at stake in our image-based civilisation through never-published contributions by artists, historians, anthropologists and image practitioners.

Diane Dufour has conceived many books on contemporary photographers, including Mark Cohen, Dark Knees; Lewis Baltz, Common Objects; Dirk Braeckman, Sisyphe; Mark Lewis, Above and Below. Ten years ago, she initiated the Curators’day, an annual project platform for 30 European photography and art museums. She was the European Director of Magnum Photos from 2000 to 2007.

(photo by Patrick Tourneboeuf)