SINAPSIS Photographic Production Laboratory


Photographic production laboratory


Synapse It refers us to the union, the link between separate bodies, alien to each other, isolated. Or better yet, asleep. During thesynapse, a link is created, a bridge, a link. In the case of creative laboratories, dormant areas are awakened, sparks are produced that illuminate when contrasting ideas, points of view, influences; a series of sparks that, thanks to collective reflection, end up unlocking a work.

The idea of this laboratory is to challenge one's own perception to delve into the work, shape it, gain momentum while recognizing our uniqueness and making use of diverse tools and technologies. Dedicate time and space to shaping that project that we know awaits us somewhere.

The objective will be to find the voice, to sharpen the look and the ear. Dynamite fixed ideas, misunderstandings. Nourish yourself from other genres, from other artistic experiences that can recharge your creative energy.

This program seeks to create a space for experimentation, reflection and production through group and individual work dynamics with the participants. Starting from finding the link of each author with his own way of working and the topics that interest him, we will explore different means and possibilities of building the projects of each participant. We will addresscontemporary photography,writing,Photobook,video,animation,movie theater, installation, always from the perspective of the participants' projects.

The laboratory will have two tutors,Beatriz Novaro YAna Casas Broda, who will accompany the group throughout the entire process. Several national and international guests participate. The program will adapt to the needs that are detected in the group, by adding new guests who will be decided during the work process itself.



Beatriz Novaro | Writer, screenwriter Mexicoo)
Ana Casas Broda | Author, editor and curator Spain / Mexicoo)



Ramon Fish | Artistic director and designer Italy / Spaina)
Juan Valbuena| Author and editor PHREE Spaina)
Yumi goto | Curator and editor Japann)
Joan Fontcuberta | Artist, curator and theorist Spaina)
Susan Bright | Curator United Kingdomo)



Ana Maria Martinez de la Escalera | Philosophy and image analysis
Fernando Montiel Klint | Addictive hybridization
Maya goded | Photography and documentary film
Sofia Carrillo | Animation
Andrés Franco Medina-Mora | Sound walls
Javier Hinojosa and Gabriel Figueroa | Fine print
Lila Aviles | Theater and cinema
Carlos Leon | Dissertations on contemporary photography
Ery Camara | The history of exhibitions through curatorship
Koral Carballo | Documentary narratives


Authors tell about their work
Diego Moreno
| Author of the photobook Guest Chiapass)

Nelson Morales| Author of the photobook Musas muxe Oaxacaa)
Sarai Ojeda | Author of the photobook Where you can't see me Veracruzz)
Orlando de la Rosa
| Author of the photobook Vorágine Veracruzz)


Beatriz Novaro She is one of the most interesting creators and teachers of the word and image media, dealing with photography, cinema, theater, animation, in the classes she has given for more than 30 years.Beatriz Novaro's work is very heterogeneous and wanders from word to image. He has published books of poetry, novels, film scripts, and has participated in photobook projects by photographers such as Maya Goded, Ana Casas Broda, Yvonne Venegas, Diego Moreno, Saraí Ojeda, among many others.

He works individually and in groups helping authors to discover their own voice and develop their projects, helping them to delve into the themes that nurture their creative process, and to shape them in various media. The work process with Beatriz Novaro is intense and very special due to the enormous commitment she has towards the students and towards art. We are particularly pleased that this year you are participating as a tutor inSynapse YWe invite you to take advantage of the possibility of working with her.


At the end of the laboratory, aexhibition at the Hydra gallery.


The audiovisual language and writing.


In this laboratory, importance will be given to writing and dialogue. The word serves us both for reflection and to stimulate the imagination, but also to find the ideal order of a text, the narrative structure of a book, the writing; to inspire us, to listen aloud to the critical curiosity of others.

Writing will be important to observe objectively what we think and to polish a text until it finds its full potential.

How to relive sleeping memories, how to provoke new paths, how to unlock.

The idea of my workshop is to bring different points of view, like a mirror, to observe from another place what one does; provoke participants both collectively and individually. Bringing new influences from diverse artists, thinkers and theorists, controversial, even antagonistic.


Photography as an event


The photo, like the word, is thrown into time. the photo is a projectile, it goes beyond the stage of each image. It follows in time, it is mobile and it is activated in the gaze of each spectator. The self is not a space, it is a device that constantly produces new content. Emotion is an event. Emotion makes us uncomfortable, it makes us step out of our comfort zone. The event is that which bursts in and cannot be unexpectedly predicted, unpredictable, unknown. And it only becomes an experience by being shared.

Photography is intimately linked to experiences, emotions, our identity, memory and the way we connect with the world. Images move us, surprise us, frighten us, remind us. In this workshop we will work with the power of what detonates the image, from old photos that throw us in time, to the photographic act whose subject is the present and the action, as a way to reveal and provoke essential aspects of our relationship with the world and those around us.

This workshop proposes individual and group work focused on photography as a point of dialogue, meeting and action, photography as a detonator of personal processes deeply linked to identity from different perspectives. The development of a photographic work will be approached as an internal, personal, intuitive work, which at the same time is completed in the collaborative process and in reflection and dialogue with others.

To build a body of work, it is essential to place it in the context and history of the medium with which you work. We will review different authors from both the history of photography and contemporaries. In addition, the projects of the participants will be analyzed in groups and in individual consultancies. Various ways of creating narratives will be addressed, and different ways of shaping a project, from exhibitions to photobooks.

Ana Casas' tutoring will be focused on supporting each participant in the development of their own creative process, helping in the reflection of individual and group needs, so that the work on the projects is coherent with each author. But above all, it will seek to support each one to synthesize the large amount of information that they will receive from the classes in a way that will be useful for their own project.





First phase | PRESELECTION | Send until March 9, 2019 call closeda) heRegistration form, minimum 15 and maximum 30 images 150 dpi approx 1920px on its longest side, .jpg format or a PDF of one or more developed series. Each image must bear the author's name, surname and name of the series; example: Luis_Ruiz_paisajesperdidos-01.jpg Add them to a folder with the name of the author and the project.. To participate it is not essential to have a finished photographic project, but it is convenient to send images of one or more projects that are as developed as possible.


Second stage | INTERVIEW | Shortlisted authors will receive theMarch 9 an email notifying them of a time for the face-to-face interview onMonday, March 10, which may also be via Skype only in the case of applicants who live in other states or abroad.


Third phase | INSCRIPTION | The participants selected after the interview must cover the registration fee and the payment of the first moduleuntil March 12. In case you apply from another country and need to know the results in advance, please write or call 68199872.



Inscription | $ 5,000.00 mxn 11 payments | $ 2,800.00 mxn


Scholarships | We offer2 half scholarships. You will be able to apply for them by means of a letter explaining the reason for the scholarship request.


Payments | Ask about the payment facilities, scholarships and discounts that we offer you writing or by calling 68199872


March 15-17

Ramon Fish (Biography) | Artistic director and designer Italy / Spaina)

Through analyzing the enormous variety of possibilities offered by the photobook as a medium, we will review how the form, the materials, the history, all are elements that make up the narrative of a photobook. Participation Ramon Pez, renowned art director from major editorial projects to independent publications, seeks to open to the participants the panorama of photobooks, publishing and narrative as a fertile possibility for the development of their projects.

Ramon Pez will participate in the first and last module of SINAPSIS, so that at the end of the program the authors can review the projects developed throughout the program and discuss their possibilities as a publication or other output formats.

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda



April 26-28

Ana Maria Martinez de la Escalera(Biography) | Writing with light: Thinking about the photo today
Conversation about what lets people look at and think about the photo, what is beyond it and what is more here, in a closeness that escapes us without photographic writing. Punctum, study, phenomenological mark, shock of experience, beyond and beyond the body.


Carlos Leon (Biography) | Dissertations on contemporary photography

This session proposes a journey through the elements that make up a photographic image, in order to reflect on the relationship of photography with the other arts and the crucial role that other disciplines play within photographic production.

Subjects: Painting / Photography, Public space / Performance, Time / Light, Experimentation / Controlled accident, Archive / Visual Compilation / Atlas, Monumental / Construction, Memory / Identity, Look / Spectator, Technology, Transmedia

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda



May 11 to 13


The engine of documentary photography today is no longer the media. The engine is the photographers themselves. Everything depends on us now: the what, the how, the why and the for whom. So we are free to change the codes, to narrate as we want, to add resources to photography and defend that our work is more than clicking. Our mission is to establish frameworks, not choose frames. Any documentary practice, no matter how multidisciplinary, must generate a document: something that, starting from the sender, resists the passage of time reaching a receiver that activates that story again as soon as it hits the play, enters an exhibition space or open a book..

We will see together and try to understand and analyze different examples with different strategies that help us optimize communication and better tell our stories.


Fernando Montiel Klint(Biography) | Addictive hybridization

At a time when we are condemned to multi-screens with few failures in the system, that is why the fixed image is no longer enough; I believe in a need to explore various media in search of experimentation through addictive narratives. During the workshop I will share with the participants my creative process and mistakes in the eternal search for a mutant language, we will also work on a group idea in multiple output channels.


Joan Fontcuberta (Biography) | Talk about his work and contemporary photography


Beatriz Novaro


Ana Casas Broda



June 14-16


Ana Maria Martinez de la Escalera(Biography) | Writing with light: Thinking about the photo today

Andrés Franco Medina-Mora (Biography | Sound walls. First part The relationship of music and image.

1. Relationship between music and image: silent and early sound cinema will be taken as an object of study, to explore the inclusion of music and sound as a complement to the moving image. It will also talk about musical pieces inspired by still images.

2. Use of sound recording and editing software: the basics of digital audio capture, editing and manipulation will be taught.

3. Sound creation workshop: students will form working groups to create a piece of sound art using the techniques learned in class.

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda



July 19 - 21

Yumi goto (Biography) | Talk about her experience as a curator and founder of the space in Japan Reminders Photography Stronghold

Sofia Carrillo(Biography | Animation

From the writing of a poem, a haiku, a short story, even leaning on an object, they will be able to develop the plot of a small short that they will be able to develop later.

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda



September 6 to 8

Andrés Franco Medina-Mora
(Biography | Sound walls. Part Two: Using Audio Editing Software.

Lila Aviles (Biography) | theater

Susan Bright | Contemporary photography to be confirmedr

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda




Ery Camara(Biography) | Curatorial processes: The history of exhibitions through curatorship

Koral Carballo (bibliography) | Documentary narratives
Through social and political reflection in Mexico and Latin America we will develop critical thinking about the form of documentary narratives in the world publishing industry. In addition, I will show my individual and collaborative creative processes from the production of projects to the management of reflection and dialogue activities of photography in Mexico.

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda

+ 1 guest to define according to the needs of the group




Fernando Montiel Klint(Biography | Construction of a story, video, gif, stop motion and audiovisual media

Andrés Franco Medina-Mora(Biography | Third part. Sound creation workshop for non-musicians

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda




Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda

+ 2 guests to be defined according to the needs of the group


january 2020


Ramon Fish (Biography) | Artistic director and designer Italy / Spaina)

In this final module of SINAPSIS, Ramon Pez will review the projects developed throughout the program and discuss their possibilities as a publication or other output formats.

Through a collaborative process as a key part of the way of working, he will share with the group a work system that allows each author to deepen the investigation, visual exploration and experimentation, Ramon Pez will give each author some guides to develop their photobook or other means that are consistent with the projects.

Beatriz Novaro

Ana Casas Broda