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Pictures in the closet
workshop with Mashid Mohadjerin

26/03 - 02-03/04/2022

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Building stories from your photographic archive

Workshop with Mashid Mohadjerin


Within the context of the exhibition Freedom is not Free, we are glad to host the workshop Pictures in the closet by Iranian/Belgian visual artist Mashid Mohadjerin. 


A workshop focused on the use and enhancement of archival images, open to photographers and artists interested to work with pre-existing pictures. We have all made thousands upon thousands of photos — we store them on our mobile devices, save them on hard-drives, and many are gathering dust in family albums. These types of photographs are often shelved, never to be experienced by a viewing public. 


The goal of the workshop is to develop a project using this material, exploring the possibilities of enhancing and telling your story, bringing it out into the open. Through experimentation within editing, sequencing, and various presentation formats we will be pushing the limits of classical photographic storytelling and bringing in our personal approach.


Participants must submit a project proposal that incorporates the use of archival images (personal or found) in order to participate in the workshop. 


Mashid Mohadjerin is an Iranian born photojournalist and portrait photographer based in Belgium. 

Her work explores the boundaries between art and documentary photography, focusing on social injustice, identity and resistance. Over the last 15 years she has produced work addressing topics such as migration, displacement, borders, cultural and social alienation and the quest for cultural identity. Her latest project is part of her PhD in the Arts, highlighting the role of women in recent uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East and beyond. She is questioning photographic representations of the Middle East and beyond and keeps exploring new ways to visualize these complex issues. Her projects and assignments have taken her around the world to hotbed regions in central Asia, West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, La Domenica di Repubblica, The Globe & Mail, the BBC. She received first prize in the Contemporary Issues category at the World Press Photo Awards 2009, among other prices and grants. Her work is shown in galleries, festivals and museums such as BOZAR Center for the Arts (Brussels), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Fotolegendo (Rome), Kunsthal Extra City (Antwerp), Red Star Line Museum, Noorderlicht Festival (NL) and is part of private and institutional collections. In 2021 she finalized her PhD in the Arts. Her resulting artist monograph “Freedom is Not Free” wins the Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award in the same year. This is her third Photo Book.



13/03 - Application deadline

14/03 - Participants will be notify via email 

26/03 - Online session: Teacher and participants presentation

02/04 - 03/04: 2 days in person workshop in Milano + guided tour of the exhibition at Pananti Atelier

PROJECT PROPOSAL SPECIFICS  - (pdf or zip folder)

- 10/15 images (file size max 2mb)

- short description of the project (max 500 words, English)


Send via email at 

Subject: Workshop - Mashid Mohadjerin





180€ Twenty14 members

200€ regular 

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