RETHINK, QUESTIONING URBAN REALITIES
Photography as a tool of inquiry and a medium for communicating the richness of urban reality
The CFM program assumes that students gain the necessary familiarity and technical mastery on the use of photography as a tool of inquiry and a medium for communicating the richness and variety of urban reality in unconventional ways.
The students develop their photography project through the exercise entitled Rethinking, Questioning Urban Realities and, as students of architecture, they naturally start by spatially mapping or structuring in diverse urban elements the territory where they are working. It is intended that they recognize the multi-layered rich complexities that characterize urban space and give visibility to features and problems of those spaces that previously went unnoticed, offering through their photographic series new insights on how they are understood and experienced. The end result will be a visual synthesis, where the concepts and reality of those urban spaces are rethought and questioned, allowing students to express through visual narratives their ideas and emotions about those spaces and how they are lived and appropriated.
It is our belief that the resulting photography projects, integrating the documentary and fictional universes, will help to draw the attention of many significant problems that affect our contemporary urban spaces. The works should inspire our imagination and are freer from the need to portray reality with complete "documentary objectivity”. We believe that the fictional and artistic universe together has unique capabilities to encourage innovation and the review of many of the critical aspects of the rich and complex world of architecture and urban space. This means, among other things, the possibility of indicating new ways to improve and reshape the environment of the city where we live.
Based on their final work, the students are also encouraged to make, edit, design and produce their own artist's book, zine, or photobook at the end of the term. In this way we establish an important link between the digital and analogue universe and introduce the idea that the book may be also the documental and art object in-itself.
The individual work of students can be used later as the basis for a case study related to research on documentary and artist photography and digital media applied to the reading of architecture, and therefore integrated in the work of the thesis to finalize the second cycle of the course.
images from Matteo Losurdo, cfm student