The Hidden Library

Event Info

This workshop takes place across four sessions:

  • Wed, Feb 10, 9–11am ET
  • Wed, Feb 17, 9–11am ET
  • Wed, Feb 24, 9–11am ET
  • Tues, Mar 2, 9–11am ET

This workshop will introduce the students to the concepts of the hidden and the occult as languages of secret and mystery in the artistic image. Each student will work with the symbolism and the metaphors of these concepts creating her/his own artist’s book.

The instructor will introduce the works of a selection of artists and creators as case studies in order to raise questions and reflections on the poetics of the hidden in art as images/artworks which contain mystery. This will take place through text and poetry readings and audiovisual visualization during the course, reflecting on the work of creators who work with the languages of sculpture, painting, ceramics, poetry, music and cinema.

There are a total of 10 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required Materials:

No materials and tools will be needed at the beginning. It will depend on each students’ project.

The instructor will send a pdf with fragments to be read from different books and audiovisual material to be visualized before the class.

About the Instructor

Shirin Salehi (b. 1982, Tehran), is a Spanish-Iranian visual artist, art researcher and teacher living and working in Madrid and New York. Her work is mainly developed in the field of printmaking in relation to other languages as drawing, sculpture/ceramics and artist’s books, working with poetry with what she has a strong relationship due to her Iranian cultural and biographical background. She has worked as art teacher for almost a decade and has written essays on the poetics of the artistic process.She has held conferences in various schools of Art and institutions such as the Prado National Museum. Her work has been awarded with numerous national and European prizes. In the last ten years, she has spent various periods working in various residency programs such as Académie de France à Madrid, Il Bisonte Foundation in Florence, and Fundação Bienal de Cerveira in Portugal. Her work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, and Germany.

All images courtesy of the instructor.


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