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The workshop will be based on analyzing the images that participants brought with them in relation to the Festival subject «Territory//Space».

Discussions about how to choose a field of interest, research and approach the subject.

Reviewing and editing the work, images and texts. The focus is on learning from each other’s experience, their ways of seeing and ability to capture a subject. Reviewing the material will result in an editing process and the elaboration of a presentation of the subject.

This step will combine individual reflection and group discussion.

  • Artist’s statement and title.
  • To write a statement and title will be necessary to shape one’s position towards her/his subject and to provide a context for the images.

Final digital presentation (screening).

ahlam shibli batumi georgia 2016
Ahlam Shibli, untitled, (Death no. 4), Palestine, 2011-12, chromogenic print, 38 x 57 cm.The Old City, al-Kasaba neighborhood, Nablus, March 10, 2012.
The diary of the prisoner Diyaa al-Lidawi, written during the year 2008, expresses his mourning for the absence of freedom and independence of the homeland, and his love for his dear ones who appear as the mother, the father, the beloved woman, or Palestine itself.
Courtesy of the artist, © Ahlam Shibli


Application rules and conditions: 

  • Applicants can be any professional photographer from Georgia or abroad.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email, without confirmation email applications cannot be considered as submitted.
  • Application deadline is September 5, 2016; applications submitted later cannot be accepted.
  • Only selected applicants will be informed by the September 7, 2016 via email.
  • Maximum number of participants is 15
  • Participation is free of charge
  • Organizers do not cover travel, accommodation or any other related costs of the workshop
  • Workshops will take place in Batumi, from 11-13 of September 2016 every day from 12:00 till 17:00 with a break of one hour
  • Workshop address:  Batumi Art State Teaching University, L. Asatiani Street № 37, Batumi 6004, Georgia.

Application documents:

  • 15-20 images dealing with the Festival subject “Territory//Space” preferably to be send in PDF format.
  • Written description: title, statement and script reflecting subject, methods and goals.
  • Your motivation and commitment.

Selected participants will be asked to bring to the workshop:

  • 15-20 images dealing with the subject “Territory//Space” in digital format on memory stick and printed on A4 office printer or A4 photo prints as for editing process).
  • Camera, laptop, digital material from your own photo archive, notebook and pen.

Contact information:

  • All documents should be send to the following email address: thephotodays@gmail.com
  • Contact person in regard to Ahlam Shibli ‘s workshop is

Mariam Bulauri, tel.: +995 595596030   email address:  mbulauri@yahoo.com


Ahlam Shibli was born in 1970, in Palestine, where she lives and works. Through a documentary aesthetics, her photographic work addresses the contradictory implications of the notion of home. It deals with the loss of home and the fight against that loss, but also with restrictions and limitations that the idea of home imposes on individuals and communities marked by repressive identity politics.

Ramallah Archive (2014) points to ways of reorganizing collective and individual existence in files and negatives at the Ramallah Municipality Archive, and the contemporary city. Death (2011-2012) shows the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve the presence of those who lost their lives fighting against the Israeli colonial occupation; Trauma (2008–09) starting point is the monuments that commemorate members of the French resistance against the Nazis together with French fighters in the colonial wars against peoples who demanded their own independence; in Eastern LGBT (2004 / 2006) the bodies of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders from Oriental societies appear as a contested primary home; Dependence (2007) explores the distribution of bodily strength between the old and the young; Dom Dziecka. The house starves when you are away (2008) shows how children in Polish orphanages reconfigure their bodies to create particular communities of their own.

Solo exhibitions

2013 Ahlam Shibli: Phantom Home, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA); Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto. 2010 Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, Château de Sédières, Clergoux, Corrèze. Ahlam Shibli: Why did you leave the forest empty!, Darat al Funun—The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman. 2009 Ahlam Shibli: Wydomowienie, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. 2008 Ahlam Shibli: “Trackers”, “The Valley”, Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels.

Group exhibitions

2015 la terre nous est etroite, regards croisés sur la palestine, Le 19 CRAC Montbéliard. Formes biographiques, Carré d’Art—Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes. Uncovering History. Camera Austria, Graz. 2014 Progress and Hygiene. Zachęta—National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Outside the Archive. Qalandiya International II: Archives, Lived and Shared, Society of Ramallah Federation Palestine, Ramallah. The Ever Changing Body, Deel III. Museumcultuur Strombeek Gent, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, Strombeek-Bever. We are Living on a Star, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden. Atlas of Modernity, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz. 2013 Biographical Forms. Construction and Individual Mythologies, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Three True Stories, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena. In the Heart of the Country. Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.


Ulrich Loock (ed.), Ahlam Shibli: Dependence, Ediciones Originales, Barcelona 2013.

Ahlam Shibli: Phantom Home, exh. cat. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Jeu de Paume, Paris, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013.

Ahlam Shibli: Go there, Eat the mountain, Write the past, exh. cat. Darat al Funun—The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman 2011.

Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, exh. cat. Peuple et Culture Corrèze, Tulle 2010.

Adam Szymczyk (ed.), Ahlam Shibli: Trackers, exh. cat. Kunsthalle Basel, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2007.

Ahlam Shibli: Lost Time, exh. cat. Ikon Gallery, Bermingham, 2003.


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