FROM THE THEORY TO THE BOOK by Valentina Abenavoli

Workshop Date: 5-12 March [2019]

Workshop Fee: Bangladeshi Applicant: 10,000 BDT, International Applicant: 250 USD

Application Deadline: 5 February 2019

Workshop Detail and Application Guideline:

From the theory to the book: how to read pictures in a sequence.

FROM THE THEORY TO THE BOOK is a collaborative workshop aimed at finding possible interpretations of the visual narrative by reading images collectively.
While exploring the endless possibilities of the editing process and the meaningful connections of the sequencing, the workshop will offer a space for discussions and will develop and deliver a sustainable method in the scope of making books as an artistic practice.

In 8 full days, the lectures will attempt to cover all the theoretical tools useful to build up a visual narrative in the book form: analysing the concepts of imagination, fiction and reality, covering notions of objectivity, subjectivity and semiotics, shifting the reading of a single image to a sequence of images, editing according to the intentions behind the work, questioning the visual representation and the messages conveyed in the images. Collective feedback and trials will lead to discover possible pairs and sequences of images, understanding the potential of visual narrative and re-imagining the photographic project in the book form.

Every photobook is a self-contained universe with its own loose set of rules. The narrative might start from the spark of an intuition, as well as from ambiguity and clashes, and the process needs time to develop into a final form. Even if the work is coherent to the intentions behind it, we might find ourselves stuck when the book seems to not happen, and that’s often because we forget to ask the right questions. The same set of pictures might cover a wide range of narrative possibilities when placed in a different order. Dialogue is then absolutely necessary: an external point of view acting as the reader who, at the end, gives back the joy of wonder and the amazement of understanding. Dummies and mistakes are also extremely important: during the workshop notions of designing, printing, binding and marketing will be covered, by producing a physical dummy to be taken as a starting point for a long series of trials, after the workshop, which hopefully will lead to the production of an edition to be release to the public.

Participants are encouraged to develop visual and conceptual non-linear narrative when making the selection of images for the workshop, searching for any additional text or archival material to be used. A wide and coherent selection of images is necessary to apply. The photographic work should be in an advanced state, not necessarily completed, in order to allow discussions and trials. Small working prints will be needed during the workshop.

Application Guideline:

Participants should have a photographic project in an advanced state, not necessarily completed, which can be turn into a publication. As many pictures as possible, printed in small size and belonging to same body of work, will be needed during the workshop.

• Please fill out this Workshop Application Form:

• Send us your work/portfolio. Please note, your portfolio should be between 25-50 images (jpeg, 1200 pixels on the longer side, no compression).

• ZIP your files [portfolio only] and send to via WeTransfer within 5 February 2019. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop.  For example Ashraful Huda_FROM THE THEORY TO THE BOOK

Valentina Abenavoli is an editor, a book designer, a teacher, at times video-maker and photographer. She reads, writes, has long walks and listens to music all the time. She also watches a lot of movies, reads tarots, gives away opinions and observes everything. After a Bachelor Degree in Photography and Visual Communication, a Master’s degree in Book Publishing and several odd jobs, in 2012 she founded AKINA Books, together with Alex Bocchetto. Their imprint produces challenging photobooks by emerging photographers, in limited editions and often handmade. 

In 2016 her first photobook titled Anaesthesia was released, followed by several solo and group exhibitions and, the year after, by a second book titled The Harvest. They are both part of an unfinished trilogy as an investigation on the subject of empathy. She often runs intensive workshops on editing photographic material and on visual narrative. What she likes the most is probably traveling and always questioning time and space.