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with Mariela Sancari

The photobook is a system with its own logic, articulated via its materiality. In this two-day workshop participants will explore a variety of possibilities to bring their series of photographs into the book format. Mariela will guide the group in focusing on the relationship between conceptualization and materiality, always keeping in mind that a book is an object and, as such, flipping through its pages creates a particular experience for the viewer.


In this two-day workshop, the group will devote attention to the conceptualization process, the most important stage in the creation of a book - working on the concept of each person’s project and considering their relationship with materials and formats in order to communicate ideas and intentions. Starting from a series of photographs, Mariela will lead the process of turning them into a photobook: from editing and sequencing to decisions regarding paper types, format, size, typography, and different binding techniques. Participants will gain valuable insight into the various creative decisions in the making of photobooks.


Mariela will share in detail the working process of her photobooks Moisés (La Fábrica, 2015), Mr. & Dr. (This book is true, 2017), and The two-headed horse. Reenactment in ten acts (Asunción Casa Editora, 2020).


Participants should plan to share 20-30 images from a single body of work.


This workshop will be conducted entirely online via Zoom Video Conferencing software, available at for free.  Additional details will be emailed to participants in advance of the workshop.


Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Mariela Sancari (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1976) lives and works in Mexico City since 1997.

Her work revolves around truthfulness and fiction in images, using personal narratives to explore the boundaries of the scope of photography as a means of representation. 


She has received numerous awards for her work: selected by curator Susan Bright to be included in the 2015 Ones to Watch issue of BJP Magazine, she was also named one of the Discoveries of the Meeting Place of FotoFest 2014 Biennal. Also, she was the winner of the VI Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales Yucatan 2013 and PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos Prize 2014, among others.


Her first book Moisés was selected by several curators and reviewers, such as Sean O'Hagan, Tim Clark, Erik Kessels, Jörg Colberg, Larissa Leclair, Yumi Goto and Colin Pantall, among others, as one of the Best Photobooks published in 2015. In 2017 she published her second book in collaboration with writer Adolfo Córdova: Mr. & Dr. Her new book, The two headed horse. Reenactment in ten acts will be released in 2020.  She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico City, Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, New York, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Fort Collins, Houston, Busan (Korea) and Cork (Ireland).

Date: September 9 - 10, 2020
Time: 10 am - 1:30 pm CT

Cost: $250

Location: Online

Refunds will be processed with a 15% fee. No refunds will be given after September 1st.

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