March 29 - April 2nd

Athens, GR

Nearest Truth Workshops is proud to present a very rare collaborative limited-seat workshop with Dirk Braeckman and Brad Feuerhelm. 

"Between the Hammer and Anvil" is less about technique than it is about the atmosphere of inner process. The workshop is going to encourage an on-the-ground approach to making images but the aim is to look less at daily contact sheets in favor of making work and producing images that are experimental and less series-driven. Critiques and reviews will commence, but it will not be the end goal. Experience is the end goal. 

We will examine appropriation, reaction, and response. We will discuss approaches to making images that exist deeply buried in the self by exploring the psychological and subjective nature of images and will endeavor to encourage participants to engage deeply with their innate sense of image-making.

The course is limited to 14 seats. There are no early bird incentives for this workshop. Several seats have already been pre-sold and we suggest an early booking given the nature and rarity of the workshop with Dirk Braeckman. 

Participants are encouraged to shoot digital. Labs are available for developing and scanning analog, but timing should be considered.

Submission begins on January 2

Submission closes on February 14

Price 850 Euro

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Dirk Braeckman is a contemporary master of the photographic medium whose work challenges the conventions of image-making by disregarding narrative-building for a more direct subjective illustration of the psychological self. Working with the medium of photography, he occupies a distinctive place within the visual arts.

Braeckman has taken part in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2017, he represented Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale. He has had solo shows at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (USA), LE BAL (Paris), De Pont (Tilburg), De Appel (Amsterdam), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), BOZAR (Brussels), M (Leuven) and ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica, CA). Braeckman’s works are part of important private and public collections around the world, including in FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais (Dunkirk), Sammlung Goetz (Munich), De Pont (Tilburg) and Fondation Nationale d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Central Museum (Utrecht), and Musée d’Art Contemporain et Moderne (Strasbourg). There are also several publications on his artistic practice and oeuvre.

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Brad Feuerhelm is the director of Nearest Truth and Nearest Truth Workshops. He is also the editor of American Suburb X. He has published numerous articles in international photography periodicals and has contributed text to numerous artist's books by artists including Rita Lino, Bruno V Roels, Charles Johnstone, Olivier Pin-Fat, Inka & Niklas, Mark Templeton, Melinda Gibson, and Anouk Kruithof. His photographic books have been published by Self Publish Be Happy, The Archive of Modern Conflict, Paralaxe Editions, CHACO, MACK, and Witty Books.