CITIZEN CURATOR: Namita Gupta Wiggers
CITIZEN CURATOR: Namita Gupta Wiggers

  (by Ann Batchelder) What is the relationship between artist and audience, art and public? How does a creative response to our current place and time in history affect cultural attitudes and sensibilities? These are the types of questions raised by photo+craft KEYNOTE Speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers in Critical Craft Forum. As Co-founder and Director […]

New ways of depicting and seeing: Fred Ritchin in BURNAWAY
New ways of depicting and seeing:  Fred Ritchin in BURNAWAY

In Asheville, at the Intersection of Photography & Craft    (An interview with Fred Ritchin in BURNAWAY – the Voice of Art in the South, by Diana C. Stoll) What is craft in the digital age? How do the visual and material arts inform each other? What happens at the intersections of photography and craft? […]

With a Little Help from Our Friends…
With a Little Help from Our Friends…

(by Ann Batchelder) photo+craft is a unique event in Asheville for many reasons. First, it began not with a premise, but with a question: What is currently happening at the intersections of photography and craft? Exploring various interpretations of this question has expanded the depth and breadth of it’s meaning. The photo+craft team initially introduced this question […]

Of Refugees and the Photograph
Of Refugees and the Photograph

Hot off the press! photo+craft keynote speaker Fred Ritchin’s essay examines photography of the refugee crisis (in recent “Odyssey” issue of Aperture magazine).  Read it here and come to his talk on Friday, April 1 at 5:30 (Broadway Arts Building, downtown Asheville). Of Refugees and the Photograph Have we done enough in the field of photography to represent […]

Who is David Raymond?
Who is David Raymond?

(by Ann Batchelder) On Sunday morning, April 3, photo+craft offers a rare opportunity to hear David Raymond speak, along with Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, in an event called “Building a Collection” (moderated by David Brown) at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in downtown Asheville.  Whether you are interested in contemporary art, […]

Creating Change: Art and Society
Creating Change: Art and Society

(by Ann Batchelder) At photo+craft, the relationship between contemporary art and society will be brought to public attention through several events. Namita Gupta  Wiggers‘ Keynote presentation looks at the role photography (through social media) plays today in creating virtual communities. photo+craft Keynote Speaker Fred Ritchin,  will give a talk April 1 titled  “Bending the Frame: Photography and Social […]

Is Instagram Photography?
Is Instagram Photography?

  “Owning a pencil does not make one a writer, even though one does write with it. So is there a similar threshold in photography that differentiates an actual photograph, made by a camera, from another kind of image also made by a camera? Is even posing this question somewhat elitist?” —Fred Ritchin.  Ritchin will […]

Ann Hamilton and Sally Mann: the Physicality and Transparency of Memory
Ann Hamilton and Sally Mann: the Physicality and Transparency of Memory

(By Ann Batchelder) Photographs and textiles provide clues to a personal as well as cultural presence. Both reference time and place; both also absorb light and memory and are subject to change in color and texture, form and meaning over time. It is the physicality and transparency of producing these two art forms — the […]