This year’s anniversary edition of Fotofestiwal will begin on June 9 and last until June 19, 2016. The main theme of the fifteenth festival will be the experience intrinsically linked to photography from its very beginning – travel and the various forms of its recording and presentation. The main theme, HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel will comprise not only generic postcard photography, but also the forms that transcend it – conceptual, press and documentary photography.
The festival will take a look at the works of Robert Rauschenberg, co-creator of pop-art, and at the photographs of David “Chim” Seymour, one of the originators of the world famous Magnum Photos agency. The exhibitions under the HIT THE ROAD scheme are curated by Alison Nordström, the art director of the Fotofestiwal and former curator of George Eastman House at Rochester (NY, USA).
One of the regular sections of the festival is the Grand Prix. It begins with the photo contest and ends with the publication of its results as well as the opening of the final exhibitions. The winner of the Grand Prix, amounting PLN 10,000, will be announced during the festival opening ceremony. It will be one of the following artists:
Carlos Alba – The Observation of Trifles
The Observation of Trifles is a documentary photography project about how a foreigner finds his way in a new country and a new neighbourhood. The objects found in the street – details of letters with notes, drawings, urban furniture reproductions – are the key to an unexplored world and to new life stories.
David Fathi – Wolfgang
Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, one of the founders of quantum physics, was nicknamed the “Conscience of Physics”. But he was also known among his peers for something a bit less “scientific”. Legend says that when Pauli entered a room, experiences would fail and machinery would break down. His colleagues jokingly called this phenomenon The Pauli Effect. This series is a semi-fiction where the Pauli Effect continues to haunt everyday life at CERN. The observer is the actor in establishing what is science and what is a myth.
Nick Hannes – Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man
Over 100 million tourists flock to the Med every year. Thousands of desperate immigrants from Africa and Asia continuously attempt to cross its water in shabby boats. The project comprises pictures of the 20 countries, documenting contemporary issues such as tourism, urbanisation, migration, crisis and conflict.
Patryk Karbowski – Halfway
A middle-sized city in the centre of Poland, halfway between the mountains and the Baltic Sea. Neither rich, nor really poor, with a typical history of the region’s industrial capital which blossomed in the times of state socialism and lost that position after 1989. A halfway state, in between present and past, between East and West, between here and now.
Birte Kaufmann – The Travellers
The Travellers project gives insight into the everyday life of Ireland’s largest minority group. This group has a nomadic origin, stemming from the tradition of migrant workers. As this tradition no longer exists, the travellers are looking for a new identity within the Western European society of the 21st century.
Karolin Klüppel – Mädchenland (Kingdom of Girls)
In the state of Meghalaya in India, the indigenous people of the Khasi with 1,1 million members form the majority of the population. Here, traditionally it is the girls who are of particular importance and who play an exposed role in the family. The succession in the maternal line guarantees girls and women in Meghalaya a unique economic and social independence in contrast to the general conditions in India.
Yurian Quintanas – Happy Nothing
For some people the desert represents decay and death. There is scarcity of water and shade, extreme temperatures and a lack of resources for humans to survive. But at the same time there is a long tradition of the desert as a place of healing, both physically and spiritually. With the Californian desert as background, Happy Nothing is a personal journey that delves into the lives of its inhabitants and its secrets.
Jewgeni Roppel – Magnit
Today, Russians are talking about Siberia, especially in esoteric and spiritual societies, as a magical place on the Earth that attracts people who are seeking spiritual or mystic experience. The phenomenon of the new desire in Siberia, and its growing interest is the topic of Magnit.
Shadman Shahid – Ajna
Shadman Shadid’s journey has a slightly different character. The word Ajna is Sanskrit means the eye that one uses to see the immaterial, to observe that which is formless. In Ajna, the author of the photographs explores human existence, looking for answers to basic questions about self-fulfillment.
Sanne De Wilde – The Island of the Colourblind
Over 250 years ago, a catastrophic typhoon swept over the island Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only 20 survivors. One of the survivors was the king, the ruler at that time, who carried the rare achromotopsia gene that causes complete colourblindness. The king went on to have many children and by the time the island reached the 4th generation of Pingelapese after the typhoon. Most of them see the world in black and white. What would colour look like, how would they colour the world, the trees, themselves?
The International Photography Festival in Łódź will also feature slideshows, over 30 exhibitions in the OFFROAD section (including the first public presentation of the DEBUTS 2016 laureates), portfolio review, photographic workshops and photowalks as well as a large section devoted to photobooks. The festival also returns – in cooperation with Transatlantyk – to a film programme containing the freshest and the most interesting films on photographers and photography.
2016 Fotofestiwal in Łódź
HIT THE ROAD: Photographers’ Travel
June 9-19, 2016
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
The 15th International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.