How do we make an image of ourselves that moves beyond a selfie? What elevates a self-portrait into a fine art narrative? How can we use our physical presence in the frame to communicate a visual concept or idea? This class will help students answer these questions and by studying history and techniques of self-portraiture be able to create a compelling body of work utilizing self-portraiture.
We all have a story to tell, ideas and identities that аre uniquely our own. Whether we are telling the story of others, or ourselves, we are our most accessible subjects. Students will create a body of work and participate in critique. Open to students new to self-portraiture and those who may need a catalyst for new or current projects. (two guest mentors will speak and answer questions)
Dates: Wednesdays Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20 , 2021 ( 6 sessions)
Time: 6 – 9 pm EST
Maximum participants: 12 , minimum participants: 6
Price: Members: $400 Non-Members $450
Instructor: Donna Garcia
Donna Garcia is lens-based artist, filmmaker, curator, art director and educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Boston, her work often illustrates a semiotic dislocation that has been organically reconstructed in a way that gives her subjects a voice in the present moment; something they often did not have in the past. Her images rise above what they actually are and become empathic recreations in a fine art narrative. She often utilizes self-portraiture with motion to provide an indication of the other in her work; a surplus threat to the perpetuity of our modern day grand narratives in defining elements like gender and race.
She has worked as an art director for Ogilvy, NYC, an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute in Atlanta, a contributing editor of LENSCRATCH and founded the Garcia | Wilburn Fine Art Gallery, where she directed and curated a number of influential exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and established artists. Garcia and her partner, Darnell Wilburn launched the Modern Art and Culture Podcast. In their first year, they were chosen to become the official podcast of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, the United States largest, month-long photography festival, held annually in October.
She has exhibited internationally and has had her work published worldwide (donnagarcia.com). She is a 2019 nominee of reGENERATION 4: The Challenges of Photography and the Museum of Tomorrow. Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland. Emerging Artists to Watch.
Donna Garcia has a Master of Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master of Science in Communications from Kennesaw State University.
Featured image: ©Donna Garcia 2020
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