Earning from What You Love with Esther Teichmann and Ibrahim Azab

Tuesday, 8th Feb 7pm - 8:30pm



Many photographers and artists take the approach of not expecting to be paid properly for the work they love, but having money-making jobs on the side that fund their practice. That approach can work, certainly at the start of a career, but one of the fundamental tenets of It’s Your Business is that it IS possible, both to make money from the work that you love, and to learn to love the work that pays you money. You can earn money in any field, as long as you identify what those earning opportunities are; and it can also often be question of building a career whose elements compliment and cross-fertilise each other.

It can really help to hear from people who do that confidently and successfully. For this session we are really pleased to present two very different artists who are managing that balance in their careers: Esther Teichmann and Ibrahim Azab.



"Teichmann's utopian island world lies somewhere between black and blue seas, between here and now and the fantasy of where one might go, or perhaps, even, where one has been....Esther creates spaces of speculative fiction, which enable us to feel beauty, to be okay with feeling too much. Esther's work is haunted by night dreams and daydreams, of drowning and sleeping. Esther is not afraid of beauty." (Carol Mavor, 2019)

Esther Teichmann's practice moves across still and moving image, collage and painting, creating alternate worlds, which blur autobiography and fiction. Central to the work lies an exploration of the origins of fantasy and desire and how these are bound to experiences of loss and representation. Our relationship to otherness, home, inherited grief, female pleasure and the act of looking and being looked at, are themes which are returned to through a layering of voices and visual approaches. Thinking about our bodies as sites of knowledge production, Teichmann reimagines space and encounters through feminist subjectivity, exploring the relationship between fiction, myth and lived experience.

Solo gallery and museum shows include On Sleeping and Drowning, Flowers Gallery, London (UK) and Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris (France) 2019, Heavy the Sea, Transformer Station, Cleveland (US) 2017, and Mondschwimmen, Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim (Germany) 2015. Collaborations include Constellations, 2021, a Wellcome funded film and publication with artist Christopher Stewart with whom Esther co-curated and edited the exhibition and book, Staging Disorder, 2015. Teichmann received an MA (2005) and PhD (2011) in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and is Head of Programme of the RCA Master of Research.




London based Artist and Curator Ibrahim Azab shifts between Sculpture, Performance and Photography. Ideas of Process, perception, and information form the centre point of Azab’s practice whilst surrounding research of his work investigates the relationship between the subconscious and reality, material and immaterial within a hyper-consumer and visual culture. His work explores the photograph as object, through digital and physical intervention, with a focus towards the movement and transfer of visual language as abstract information. Significantly the work of Ibrahim Azab is concerned with failure and representation within the photographic medium, playfully surfacing the act of seeing and unseeing through phenomenological understanding of the surface.

Ibrahim Azab is also a member of Relvolv Collective.



Who is this event for?
This event is open to all. It’s particularly aimed at photographers and photographic artists either interested in setting up their own photographic or creative visual business, or in the early stages (first 3-4 years) of it. It will also be useful for anyone working as a photographer who is planning a change or feels their business could do with some refreshing, as well as recent graduates.

As with all Redeye’s events, the course is informal, friendly, welcoming and a safe space. We encourage attendance from all sections of the community regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or social class. We want everyone to be able to access this course so if you have any particular needs or restrictions, please let us know so we can work with you. 



This event takes place on Tuesday, 8th Feb 2022; from 7pm - 8:30pm.
There are 18 sessions in the full course which run across various dates in January to April - see here breakdown of dates.

Online! You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. These events will take place over Zoom.

Tickets for individual sessions are £12.50 for Redeye members and a full price ticket is £16.50. 

Full course tickets are £145 for Redeye members and £190 for non-members. 

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