Experiments in the darkroom

Within a full-day workshop, we get inspired by the photographic works of the artist Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, who currently exhibits at the back wall of Kunsthalle Basel. We create our own photograms, cyanotypes and get to know other tricks in the darkroom. Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (*1979) presents an ensemble of large-scale, quasi-abstract, almost diaphanous photographic images specifically developed for the outdoor context of the back wall of Kunsthalle Basel. The images are, as with so much of the Georgian-born artist’s practice, a mix of straight photographs, composite images created by superimposing photographic negatives, and explosions of chroma produced in darkroom processes. Here her images are printed on a PVC mesh often used to conceal building scaffolding. They expand the artist’s persistent interest in looking, deftly, at the minutia of everyday life as it is captured and shot through with transparency and light.


11 a.m. – Meeting point in the foyer of Kunsthalle Basel
12 p.m. – Lunch 
1 p.m. – Trip to the photo lab
Until 5 p.m. – Photographic experiments in fotopresto under the guidance of an expert

Participants (16 years and older) will learn important information about the working methods of Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili. They can produce their own photographic works under professional guidance. Previous experience is optional; materials will be provided.

The number of participants is limited, so please register in advance.


phone at +41612069900

Costs: 30.- CHF for lunch and material expenses

This event is realized in cooperation with Vitty Ciarletta, fotopresto.