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Student photography from SACI’s Venice Summer Program 2016

Photo by SACI student Sarah Strand

Photo by SACI student Sarah Strand

Photo by SACI student Sarah Strand

Photo by SACI student Ziyi Ge

Photo by SACI student Ziyi Ge

Photo by SACI student Ziyi Ge

SACI’s Venice Summer Program

Each Summer Term, SACI offers a special 4-week program in Venice, Italy, a city renowned for both its traditional art treasures and its celebration of innovative contemporary art. Students visit Venice’s great museums and contemporary art exhibitions while learning the fundamentals of Digital Photography.

The program provides an exceptional opportunity for students to take part in one of the world’s most famous and prestigious contemporary art events – the Venice Art Biennale. Founded in 1895, the Biennale focuses on cutting-edge contemporary artistic practice and is at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. In addition to visits to galleries and museums featuring contemporary and historic art, the Venice Summer Program also includes field trips, at no extra cost, to the lovely islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, and to the nearby cities of Padua, Vicenza, and Rovereto.

Program projects and student work

The program allows students to explore how space is shared within the bustling city through human and urban features of Venice. Due to Venice’s unique nature and pace, students experience a continuous adjustment as they move through the city – a restless modification of the space around them. Like the camera, they must constantly zoom in and out, in a process of self-placement both challenging and up-lifting.

This summer, projects were tailored to each student, but originated from three prominent themes:representation of space within an unknown cultural and architectural reality, isolation in the crowd/individual identity in public space, and the camera as a narrative tool.

Instructor Jacopo Santini on the program:

“The course is about, at the same time, bearing witness to the news in contemporary art – and the Biennale of Art in Venice is the most important fair of art in the world – and doing so in a city which is a miracle in many ways.

You have the possibility of moving beyond the postcard and observing the city with its contradictions and unexpected beauty [ . . . ] The students have the privilege to live, for one full month, on an island names Isola di San Giorgio, which is right in front of the square of San Marco in the lagoon of Venice. They live and study and work in a foundation, which is the Cini Foundation, which is one of the most prestigious European cultural institutions.” Jacopo Santini, Photography Instructor and Program Director

Find out more about SACI’s Venice Biennale/Summer Program.


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