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Subject Description: Photography

Installation by Gunéll Kulivea. Photo: Thomas Schön, 2015.

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The subject of Photography at Valand Academy is based on the perspective of photographers, and a wide understanding of the medium in its different historical and contemporary uses, as well as its shifting technological conditions.

Great emphasis is placed on the function and meaning of photography within art, science, technology, media, popular culture and other relevant contexts. Another point of emphasis is the aesthetical, social and political aspects of photography. The latter should be viewed in the light of the presence and the impact of photography in modern society, in an historical as well as a global perspective.

Photography and photographical approaches have a major impact, not least on how we interpret reality – contributing to the construction and reproduction of conceptions about human beings, nature and society.

The subject of Photography is practice based, and the aspects of technique-craft, representation and communication play a prominent part. Different ways of working with photography are explored and developed, as are different forms of presentation – including digital and print publications, gallery and museum exhibitions, and various types of actions in the public space.

The subject of Photography combines theory and practice in a deliberate and non hierarchical manner, which means, on the one hand, that it problematizes central questions regarding the conventions of photography and its relation to reality, representation, identity, memory and history; on the other, that it explores and demonstrates alternative and more relevant approaches and practices through artistic means. One important requirement is a critical and deeper study of the history of the subject, from a practical as well as a theoretical and meta-historical perspective.

Contact Information

Pelle Kronestedt, Head of Photography Unit

+46(0)31-786 1830

Page Manager: Cecilia Köljing|Last update: 12/28/2015

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