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Ecologies of Perception: Plant Based Photographic Workshop

Jess Holdengarde

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This one-day workshop is hosted by Jess Holdengarde as part of her artist-in-residence project, Ecologies of Perception, supported by Creative Scotland and Ilali Collective. 


The workshop offers an introduction to plant based developers and sustainable photographic practices. The Phytogram utilises the chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion. This is an environmentally friendly analogue process that requires no camera or darkroom facilities and can be done safely from home. 


The workshop is aimed for those wanting to gain a deeper understanding of sustainable photographic processes whilst engaging with a light sensitive method that both considers and utilises the natural environment. Drawing on the landscape and the environment of the local area in which Ilal Collective studio is located , the workshop will require participants to engage with foraging in a conscious and ethical way.


Jess will give a brief introductory to her own experiments with the Phytogram process and provide a step by step guide to making a Phytogram at home. No photographic experience is needed to participate in this workshop. 


This event is free to attend, however there are a limited number of spaces. Attendees must book a ticket via eventbrite. All materials will be provided at the workshop. Ilali Collective Studio is located at street-level with step-free access. A disabled toilet is available at the studio’s adjoining sister venue.  We can provide BSL interpretation of the event -please get in touch by 5/07/22 if this is something you require. If you have any other access needs or have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate. The session will be held in English. 


For access requirements please email mollymaewhawell@gmail.com 


This event is part of the Ecologies of Perception project, which is a period of research and exchange exploring collaborative methods of lens-based making that are rooted in developing sustainable practices, culminating in a series of public workshops and events at Ilali Collective in Berlin. The project is part of Jess Holdengarde’s artist-in-residence with Ilali Collective where she has been developing her research interest in ecology, the human relationship to the environment and human/non-human interdependency. Supported by Creative Scotland and Ilali Collective. 

Jess Holdengarde (b.1991) is a South African artist based in Glasgow, Scotland who works predominantly in photography, film and auto fictional narrative. Concerned with our entangled relationship to the natural environment and themes of precarity and impermanence, Jess’s current practice considers the role of the artist in environmental ruin. Through plant-based chemistry and alternative methods of lens-based production she explores the natural environment as subject and resource, applying lenses of queer ecology and autoethnography. Jess holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and is a founding member of Fix Photography Collective. This is her first residency in Berlin. 



Duration :

Saturday, July 16, 2022


July 16, 2022

Opening hours :

11am - 4pm

Exhbition opening :

Saturday the 16th

Venue :

40 Okerstrasse, 12049