The fourth edition of Eastreet is not that different from the previous ones, especially in a sense that it’s unpredictable… After five years, all we can expect is to be surprised by the photos submitted to the open call. Although the form of Eastreet and its main themes remain unchanged, and some of the names reappear again, each iteration possesses its own character, rhythm, and a set of different focal points. Similarly, we are different as well – both the curators and the audiences – our view of each consecutive stage of the story has changed over time. We are more experienced, better equipped with earlier images and reflections that they have evoked since. The region is again broadly defined, without following any particular map or administrative division (there are too many of those). The organisers decided to include the Balkans, South-Eastern Europe and the EU Eastern Partnership countries. This broad definition creates a diverse and fluid region, where borders, constitutions, symbols, moods and governments are in a state of perpetual flux.
Eastreet is the sum of voices of the photographers observing Eastern Europe, but it’s primarily about the whole region in question, not about any particular nation states or individual authors. This is more a showcase of photographs than individual photographers. Eastreet encourages a wider look at human presence within the public spaces of Eastern Europe. It is an attempt to visually describe the region beyond stereotypes, borders and differences.
The response to the open call announced in June proved yet again amazing. Altogether, we have received almost 11 thousand photographs submitted by authors from every corner of the world – not just from people of Eastern European origin. Eventually, after a few weeks’ selection process, the curatorial team (Aleksander Bochenek, Joanna Kinowska, Tomasz Kulbowski and Grzegorz Ostręga) chose 100 photographs taken by authors from 20 countries. All the selected photos will be presented in the form of a gallery and outdoor exhibition, as well as a photo book. The premiere will take place on October 20, 2017 at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin (Poland). It will be accompanied by a workshop, portfolio review, slideshows and curators’ talk, happening over three days of the opening weekend.
Eastreet is an ongoing project dedicated to documentary photography of the broadly defined Eastern Europe. It is one of the largest initiatives of this kind – over to 30,000 photos were submitted to all four editions so far.
We present you a hand-picked selection of the 10 best photos included in the fourth edition of Eastreet.
Photographers included in Eastreet 4: Basia Abramowicz (DEBUTS 2016), Semyon Aleschenko, Ana Alexandrescu, Andre Alves, Penelope Ambert, Bianca Benisch, Oliwia Beszczyńska, Nik Brezginov, Tetyana Bunyak, Taras Bychko, Beatriz Calafell, Yulia Chervinska, Ewa Chodzicka, Magda Chodownik, Maciej Dakowicz (doc! #12), Nikolay Dutkin, Garry Efimov, Dmitry Ermakov, Baltazar Fajto (DEBUTS 2017), Andrey Gontarev, Anna B. Gregorczyk, Daniel Gnap, Wojciech Grzędziński (doc! #11 & #40), Clarisse Guichard, Dan Gutu, Diane Hion, Ihor Hora, Jamie Howard (doc! #16), Julie Hrudova, Alejandro Ilukewitsch, Dariusz Jasak, Pawel Jędrusik, Zisis Kardianos, Alexander Kazantsev, Ivan Kleymenov, Ania Kłosek (doc! #25), Nikos Konidaris, Łukasz Kotecki, Vaggelis Kousioras, Marcin Lewandowski, Andrew Loochnikov, Jacek Łagowski, Dariusz Madziński, Karol Malec, Tymon Markowski, Gregory Michenaud, Marcin Mirosławski, Dmitry Muzalev, Alex Naanou, Boris Nemeth, Konstancja Nowina Konopka (DEBUTS 2015), Paul Osipoff, Gabriela Popa, Maciej Rerek, Eleni Rimantonaki, Thomas Schell, Andrey Semenov, Anna Serkova, Leonid Shadevsky, Ilya Shtutsa, Vasilis Spagouros, Stavros Stamatiou, Ruth Stoltenberg, Elena Subach, Simona Supino, Adrian Svec, Jacek Szust, Karol Szymkowiak (doc! #26), Hajdu Tamas, Nikita Teryoshin, John Trifonopoulos, Darya Trofimova, Jakub Wysocki, Lukas Vasilikos, Roman Yarovitcyn, Eugene Yefremov, Jegor Zaika, Peter Zéglis and Artem Zhitenev.
More info @ www.eastreet.eu
The Eastreet 4 is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.