Responsive knapp


Open Call until June 5, 2020 (see below for details).

The educational program consists of a two month workshop and a public program. See below for applications.

The workshop The Camera as Political Apparatus : an Unromantic Take on Documentary Practice invites participants to think, discuss and challenge their beliefs on what critical art and documentary photography is and can be. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and have feedback about their ongoing research to reflect on the ways that the narrative, message, presentation and funding work consistently with the purpose of their personal projects.

Title : The Camera as Political Apparatus : An Unromantic take on Documentary Practice
Mode : Part Time, Distance Learning + One-to-one Skype conversations
Duration of course : 2 months
Hours Online : 7.5 hr Courses  + 13h (Talks, Lecture and Seminars )
Participants : 13 - 20 students
Valid From : June 22st - August 14th
Subject Classification : Photography as a Research Method
Participation fee : 280 EUR (200 EUR for students)

Application deadline : June 5th, 2020. Selected participants will be notified by June 10th.





Applications must be sent by email to doubledummystudio@gmail.com
Please mark email with “Submission Workshop” in subject line.

Application deadline : June 5th, 2020.

Please send the application for the workshop as a complete PDF in English (max 15 MB), mark the PDF with your name.

  • Personal information + abstract (1page)
    Name, age, nationality, country of residence, email, website.
  • Abstract : Title, starting year, pitch (a concise presentation of the project in 5 lines), one iconic image of the project.
  • Images / portfolio (5 - 15 images). Include only images from the project you are applying with. If you don’t have any images yet, include research material.

Please specify whether the images are finished work, research, sketches etc.

We welcome projects at all stages of production, but by the time of the workshop it is important to have a selection of images to work with.




Mathieu Asselin (FR / VEN, 1973) works and lives in Arles, France. He began his career working in film productions in Caracas, Venezuela, but shaped his photographic practice in the United States. His work consists mainly of long-term documentary research projects, such as his latest book ‘Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation’, which received international recognition by winning the Kassel PhotoBook Festival Dummy Award in 2016, the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017, was selected for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Award in 2018 and the Prix de l’Elysee 2018/2019. His work has recently been exhibited at venues including Les Rencontres d’Arles in France, the Photographer’s Gallery in London, the Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium, the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt and the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Mathieu Asselin holds a master’s degree from the École National Supérieure de la Photo in Arles, France



Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo (CH) - Independent artist and curator, currently completing his PhD at the National Photography School in Arles, France (ENSP). After one year at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, he graduated in Photography in Chile and completed his Masters of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson in 2014. Since 2005, he has been designing and curating exhibitions in Chile and Europe, including Mapuche at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris and Monsanto: a Photographic Investigation at Les Rencontres d’Arles. His photographic research is focused on the critical and historical understanding of the introduction of the photographic medium in South America; and the complex intersections of identities in ancient cultures. His work focuses on interdisciplinary theories that have shaped knowledge, techniques and beliefs, by which societies have re-configured the concepts of imagination, representation, embodiment, and identity.