PICTURE THAT 2020 Art Prize is an international opportunity for photographers and artists whose practice and research involves, but is not necessarily limited to, photography.
We wish to award an individual with the possibility to travel to Milan, Italy where they can experience a new culture, access the necessary facilities to express their ideas, engage in meaningful conversations, and gain visibility amidst new audiences. One artist will be awarded a two week residency and intensive workshop in hand printed photography techniques such as photogravure and paper lithography.
The prize will be awarded to a single winner.
Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking process whereby a copper plate is grained and then coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, Photogravure is distinguished from rotogravure in that photogravure uses a flat copper plate etched rather deeply and printed by hand,
Photogravure registers a wide variety of tones, through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copper plate to special dampened paper run through an etching press. The unique tonal range comes from photogravure’s variable depth of etch, that is, the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights. Unlike half-tone processes which vary the size of dot, the depth of ink wells is varied in a photogravure plate. The human eye naturally resolves these fine variations into a continuous tone image.
Paper litography is a relief printing technique which uses a toner photo copy as a plate, gum arabic, water and oil-based inks just like traditional litho with which it shares the basic concept of repulsion between water and grease. It is great for photographic or hand drawn monoprints; it can be used on its own or in combination with etchings, woodcuts and other prints and drawings. Unlike photogravure it replicates only a limited range of tones and works best with high contrast, graphic imagery. It is not an exact technique because you hardly ever get two identical prints; for this reason it might be considered more a language rather than a means of faithful reproduction. If photogravure is the most noble, sophisticated and expensive hand printing technique paper lithography might be the cheapest and least sophisticated because it relies on readily available materials and instruments.
The awarded artist will receive mentorship in every step necessary to print a photograph by hand on cotton rag paper with oil based inks. He/she should expect to gain total knowledge and absolute confidence in preparing the file, coming up with a matrix and printing an edition of the image in the techniques of photogravure and paper lithography.
The winning applicant will have keys to the private apartment complete ok kitchen and bathroom and granted 24h. access to the studio in which they will have full access to all equipment (etching, silkscreen, linocut and lithography).
All materials needed for the workshop (roughly 700 €) and regular print-shop materials and tools such as cleaning agents, solvents, rags, spatulas, squeegees, rollers etc. are included. Etching inks are also included.
At gate44 we try to be as green as possible without compromising quality. We use water based inks for silk-screen, try to work with zinc and copper sulphate rather than copper and ferric chloride and use photopolymers as much as possible. General cleaning is done with VCA (vegetable cleaning agents) and water based products rather than solvents.
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This is @david_daut_makala what I would describe as a Davincian man. Multimedia artists, mechanic, ingeneer, inventor and witchcraft practitioner. He came for a residency to gate44 in February learned etching during the day and secretly studied press fabrication in the quiet of the nights then went back home to Lusaka and made his own. I am permeated by a satisfying and fulfilling emotion seeing we were able to transmit knowledge but above all, passion. Thank you David! P.s. Gotta keep the dust out of the studio now 😜
In order to apply please fill out the form below, attach the files requested and submit the payment.
Once you have completed the application you will receive an email confirmation with a digital receipt attached.
We’ll keep you posted!