Tour Morocco with ANNE ZAHALKA
Address: MOROCCO North Africa
Date: 22 March - 4 April 2014
Time: 14 day Cultural Tour
Ticket: 2,980 Euro per person (approx. AUD $4,325)
Buy / Ticket: http://culturaltoursmorocco.com/bookings/
Call: Elisha - Travelscene Wangaratta 03 57229600
22 March – 4 April 2014 Renowned Australian artist Anne Zahalka will lead an Art Photography tour in March 2014 for Amazigh Cultural Tours Morocco. Presenting Specialist Art Tours, ACTM works with selected artists who have a culturally sensitive approach to place and a specialist media or area of practice that provides a focus for a cultural experience with a difference. One of Australia's most recognised artists working in photomedia, during her twenty year practice Zahalka has produced many iconic images and her work has been collected by all major museums in Australia. She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas and completed major commissions including a series for Sydney International Airport portraying the city's richly diverse multicultural community. Zahalka was the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council Fellowship which enabled her to develop regional works for her Leisureland series which has toured Australia and a selection of the series toured to Madrid for ARCO and the Netherlands for the Naarden FotoFestival.
This 14 day tour will traverse a large part of southern Morocco from the ancient city of Marrakech, over the spectacular landscape of the Atlas Mountains to the northern edge of the vast Sahara. Participants will be able to observe one of Australia's most professional and accomplished artists at work, learn new skills and develop their own unique photographic art portfolio of Moroccan contemporary life. Primarily an immersive, cultural tour of Morocco, artists traveling with Anne will experience the wonderful world of the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people, their strong connection with the land and how their ancient traditions and lifestyle have endured the Arab Islamic overlay introduced in the 7th century and the various other influences brought by the Phoenicians, the Romans, Portuguese, Spanish and most recently the French. Medieval architecture is now peppered with satellite dishes and a network of electrical cables and wiring bring the new world media to the masses in a juxtaposition of old and new. This unique tour will have a specific focus on Art Photography, taking time to make considered responses to the culture and landscape on hand. Anne will be looking at other artists who have created images inspired by Morocco to gain a deeper insight into this remarkable place.
Research and exploration of historic images of Morocco - paintings and photography – will inform the project and be mindful of cultural issues that need to be considered. Tableaux workshops using available light, setting up additional props and still-life with local models in traditional dress will aim to create collaborative and individual images and compositions responding to the culture of the Amazigh people. Finding a balance between site seeing and art making, some days will involve guided tours, long drives through spectacular landscape or time to relax, while other days will devote more time to photography. There will be free time to explore and photograph the landscape and villages en route with opportunities for documentary and landscape photography. However, photographing people, their workplaces and homes need to be carefully negotiated according to cultural sensitivities. Participants will be fully briefed at the outset of the project and guided by professional staff. Participants need to bring their own Digital SLR Camera and 2 or 3 8GB cards, USBs or a portable hard-drive. They must have a sound understanding of their camera, controls and how to operate their equipment. Participants are also encouraged to bring a Visual Diary to take notes and develop ideas for future reference. A laptop PC would be an advantage, but is not essential.
General discussion en route will include reviews and critiques as part of an evening program. Anne will demonstrate how to download images through 'Lightroom 4' and recommend ways of editing and preparing proof sheets of selected images. These will be saved onto personal USB’s along with the RAW files or onto portable hard-drives that each person brings. ACTM art tours reveal the wealth and beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture including traditional music performance, visits to commercial art galleries, artisan workshops and historic collections of rare artefacts. The warmth and good humour of the people is immense and the insights into the Islamic world and Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life fascinating. Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, and we enjoy the extraordinary delights of Amazigh food and hospitality. Traveling with like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts including Australian artist Rita Lazauskas and professional Amazigh Guide Abdenabi Imelouane, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.
NOTES: ACTM is affiliated with Travelscene Wangaratta, Travelscene Bright and Travelscene Yarrawonga, Australia a licensed Australian travel agent. Licence No. 30672 Accommodation based twin share rooms with private facilities. Single supplement available