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Photography and Entrapment

The aim of this research project is to overcome the limitations of our theories of photography in the face of recent changes in how photographic images are produced, circulated and experienced. The consolidation of digital photography and the advent of algorithmic imaging challenge traditional notions of objectivity and realism, while the adoption of interfaces such as touchscreens, VR goggles and holograms make our disembodied models of optics outdated. I will employ the notion of entrapment to sketch a relational and embodied theory of the photographic, capable of dislodging evolutionary accounts of technology, as well as ethnocentric and anthropocentric media historiographies.

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More about Federico

Federico Clavarino is a visual artist and educator. He studied creative writing at Alessandro Baricco’s Scuola Holden in Turin and documentary photography at Fosi Vegue’s BlankPaper Escuela in Madrid. He also holds a Master of Research degree from the Royal College of Art in London, where he is currently pursuing a PhD by practice. He has published six books so far and his works have been exhibited all over Europe, in the official programme of festivals, galleries and museums. He taught at BlankPaper Escuela from 2012 to 2017, and currently lectures and gives workshops internationally, collaborating with museums, schools and universities.


Master de Fotografía (BlankPaper Escuela)

Master di Tecniche della Narrazione (Scuola Holden)

Workshops & Lecturing

2021, Traps, workshop, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
2021, Corrispondenze, workshop, RUFA, Rome
2021, Ricevere, Tessere, Trasmettere, workshop, Condominio, Milan
2020, Visiting lecture, University of South Wales, UK
2019-2020, Visiting lectures with Tami Izko, University of Roehampton, UK
2019-2020, El arco y las piedras, workshop, LENS, Madrid
2019, Atlas, workshop, La Regenta, Gran Canaria
2018-2019, Pensar la Fotografía, four lessons, PICA, Madrid
2018, Photography/Curating, workshop with Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland
2018, ISSP Summer School Residency, tutoring, ISSP, Latvia
2018, Ghost Stories, workshop, Arnolfini Centre/Bristol Archives, Bristol, UK
2018, Cuore di Pietra, workshop, SineGlossa, Ancona, Italy
2018, Atlante, workshop, ISIA, Urbino, Italy
2018, Paisaje, Territorio, Identidad, workshop with Awoiska Van Der Molen and Jon Cazenave, Museo San Telmo, San Sebastian, Spain
2018, The Body Photographic, short course, University of Navarra, Spain
2018, Drawing in Sand, course, Atelier de Lisboa, Portugal
2018, Tutoring in the Parallel Intersection European program, Lisbon, Portugal
2018, Strateries Against the Map II, workshop with Andrea Grützner, Lisbon, Portugal
2017, Il Corpo che Torna, workshop, MACRO, Rome, Italy
2017, Strategies Against the Map, workshop with Andrea Grützner, Berlin, Germany
2017, Un Cadaver Exquisito, a workshop on fragments and montage, CCCB, Barcelona
2016, Visiting lecture, Leeds College of Art, UK
2016, The Inhabited Image, workshop, ISSP, Latvia
2015, Abitare l’immagine, workshop, D.O.O.R. Academy, Rome, Italy
2014, Resonancias, workshop, La Termica, Malaga, Spain

Teaching (BlankPaper Escuela, 2011-2017)

2016-2017, The Photobook: Editing and Production
2014-2017, Master Course in Photography
2015-2017, FOTO3. Developing a Photographic Project
2011-2016, FOTO2. Advanced Course in Photography
2011-2017, FOTO1. Introduction to Photography

2019, Awarded the Premio de Fotografía Contemporanea de Mallorca for Ghost Stories
2019, Hereafter shortlisted for Arles Photo-text prize
2018, Hereafter shortlisted for Arles Luma Award
2016, Shortlisted for Prix Levallois
2014, Awarded the 20th Fotopres La Caixa grant
2012, Selected for Pla(t)form, Winterthur Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
2011, Mention of Honor for Ukraina Pasport in the Book of The Year prize, PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain

Solo Exhibitions

2021, Emergency Exit, Camera, Turin
2021, Ghost Stories, Contretype, Bruxelles
2020, Ghost Stories, Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca
2019, Eel Soup, Viasaterna, Milan (with Tami Izko)
2019, The Castle, Gibellina Photo Road, Gibellina
2018, Eel Soup, Pinguin, Bruxelles (with Tami Izko)
2017, The Castle, MACRO Testaccio, Roma
2017, Italia o Italia, JEST, Torino
2016, The Castle, Espace JB, Geneva
2016, The Castle, DOCfield, Barcelona
2016, The Castle, PhotoEspaña, CBA, Madrid
2016, The Castle, Temple, Paris
2016, Italia o Italia, Spazio Labò, Bologna
2011, Ukraina Pasport, Galería Mediadvanced, Gijón
2011, Ukraina Pasport, La Kursala, Cadiz

Group Exhibitions

2021, Polyptique, Centre Photographique Marseille
2021, Are People Flowers?, Viasaterna, Milan
2020, Artissima Unplugged, GAM, Torino
2020, Making Public, Royal College of Art, London
2020, Metafotografia (2). Le mutazioni delle immagini, BACO, Bergamo
2019, Grand Prix, Fotofestiwal Lodz (with Tami Izko)
2017, BlankPaper, Histoires du Present Immediat, Les Rencontres d’Arles
2017, 20th FotoPres La Caixa, CaixaForum, Barcelona/Madrid
2016, Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana, VIASATERNA, Milan
2015, The Present, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome
2014, Publish/Curate, TJ Boulting, London
2012, Pantha Rei, Galería Rina Bowen, Madrid
2011, Inmersión en lo Emergente, Galeria Cero, Madrid
2010, Le Garage, Arles, France