Exploring Space

Victoria Heilweil

Victoria Mara Heilweil 
6 Sessions » Thursdays, October 9–November 6
(Field trip on Sunday, October 26 to Headlands Center for the Arts)
7:30–10 pm | Field Trip, 2:30–5 pm | Studio 8 | $250

No prerequisite.

What is space? It can be the intimate space between two people, the public space of BART, the vast space of the landscape. How can we document, idealize, modify, and conceptualize space using the photograph? Photography is an ideal medium to explore space because the camera’s lens has the ability to both represent and enhance space simultaneously. In this course, students will examine a variety of ideas about space through weekly shooting assignments. Topics may include personal space, intimate space, political space, gendered space, institutional space, and so forth. As a group, we will do night photography one evening on the SFAI campus to explore space, and one Sunday off-site field trip, in addition to each class being framed within contemporary and historical examples.

Note: As this is a conceptual class using photography, students may use any camera (film or digital), and welcomes a variety of skill levels.

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Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibiting photographic artist, curator, and educator. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Rayko Photo Center, and Root Division, in San Francisco; BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, California; Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, San Bernardino, California; the Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis; Perspective Group and Photography Gallery, Evanston, Illinois; and the Washington Square Galleries, New York. In fall 2013, two solo exhibitions of her work were on display at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico, and Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara. 


Victoria Mara Heilweil
46 Years: My Parent’s Hollywood Bed, 2012
Archival pigment print
17 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the artist