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Photography & Collage Virtual Artist Residency

A month-long, virtual/online collage artist residency in July

Early Deadline to Apply: Sunday, 19 May 2024
Final Deadline to Apply: Sunday, 23 June 2024

In “What Good Is a Photograph?”, Ric Kasini Kadour writes, “The photograph as language, as a tool of everyday communication, is not new. Twentieth century theorists have wrung every possible drop out of visual literacy as a concept. It does not explain a problem curator Marvin Heiferman frames as, ‘We know that photographs work, but not quite how they do.’ This is dangerous. We may go misunderstood. Or worse, we may be misunderstood by others…Knowing how something works is key to using it effectively.” 

The mediums of collage and photography are bound together in an ongoing dialogue. The photographer makes pictures of the world. The collagist remixes those pictures to tell a story about the world we live in. “Today, we’re taking more photos than at any previous time in history,” noted EyeEm contributor Lars Mensel. “Many photographers are asking themselves how to set their work apart from that of their peers. Photography has become less about the skill to take technically perfect pictures–most modern smartphones accomplish this at the touch of a button–but how pictures are combined to tell a story.” 

The Photography & Collage Virtual Artist Residency will invite photographers and collage artists to come together in dialogue, learn from one another, and make artwork for a series of exhibitions that explore the intersection of collage and photography. Unfolding in two tracks over the course of a month, we will ask, What happens when a collagist picks up the camera? What happens when a photographer collages their pictures? Presentations will explore collage in theory, artist practice, the ecosystem of art, the state of photography, and the history of photography and collage. Artists will shoot with their own camera, in whatever process they choose (film & develop or digital & print), and then make collage with the photographs they make.

During the residency, artists will make an artwork that will be exhibited at Kolaj Institute’s Gallery. The exhibition will take place in December 2024 as part of PhotoNOLA 2024, an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, produced by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries, and alternative venues citywide. 

The residency is led by Dafna Steinberg, MFA, adjunct professor of darkroom photography at Delaware County Community College, and Lance Rothstein, a photojournalist and street artist who operates the darkroom and teaches photography and collage workshops at the Morean Art Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The project is being curated by Ric Kasini Kadour, Director of Kolaj Institute and a 2020-2021 Curatorial Fellow of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and produced in partnership with the New Orleans Photo Alliance. 


The residency is intended for artists with a practice of collage and/or photography who want to explore the intersections of the two mediums. Residencies are open to any artist over the age of 21 from anywhere in the world.


The cost of the residency is $500 per artist. Kolaj Institute has a limited number of grants available to offset the cost of the residency for those in need. These grants are possible through the generous support of our donors. 


Dates: 9-31 July, 2024

Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 4-6PM EDT
Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 4-6PM EDT
Wednesday, 24 July 2024, 4-6PM EDT
Wednesday, 31 July 2024, 4-6PM EDT

The workshop will begin with an invitation to join the Slack workspace on Tuesday, 9 July 2024. Introductions and Orientation will take place during our first meeting on Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 4-6PM EDT. 

The remaining sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays (17, 24, and 31). 

Artists are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete assignments.


If you have questions, send an email.


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