Portuguese photographer in Namibia for workshop

Carlos Barradas

Portuguese photographer Carlos Barradas is currently hosting a five-day photography workshop at the Namibian Arts Association in Windhoek.

The workshop, themed ‘Photography, History and Freedom: An Exploration of Historic Moments’, started yesterday and will run until 28 November.

It is hosted by the embassy of Portugal in Windhoek in partnership with StArt Art Gallery and the Namibian Arts Association, and is free.

The event is funded by the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language in Portugal.

Barradas is a photographer from Portugal, with a doctorate in anthropology.

He produces photographic and textual essays on issues such as territory, colonialism and post-colonialism, disability, new masculinities and sustainability.

In 2020 he was considered by GUP Magazine as one of the 100 European photography talents.

His work has been shown in Brazil, France, Italy and Portugal.

He is the co-creator and co-editor of online contemporary photography SOPA Magazine, and an editor for the Los Angeles-based photography platform Lenscratch.

“This activity is being organised within the framework of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, which will take place next year.

“The Portuguese Carnation Revolution occurred on 25 April 1974, putting an end to the dictatorial regime which had been in place in the country since 1926,” Barradas says.

He says the aim of the workshop is to delve into the role of photography in capturing historic moments.

“With insights from photographers, anthropologists and sociologists, the participants will explore how images shape the understanding of freedom throughout different social, cultural, political and historical contexts.

“There are no equipment limitations, as the purpose of this workshop is to engage in a visual dialogue, reflecting on ideas about visual culture and production and the very role of images in shaping contemporary culture.

“Several resources for the attendees will be provided in the format of videos, e-books, and an image library,” Barradas says.

He says the workshop will culminate in a thought-provoking exhibition to be held in 2024 sparking meaningful conversations about freedom and history.

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