Focusing on a different theme and partner region for each edition, Fotodoks festival reflects and discusses contemporary documentary photography. This independent forum, which takes place in Munich (Germany) every second year since its establishing in 2008, is the largest festival for documentary photography in the German-speaking world.
With the topic ME:WE Fotodoks 2017 illuminates, in dialogue with the partner country – the USA, the relationship between the individual and the collective. The projects of the selected photographers tell of the search for security and love, describe exceptional situations, analyse political commitments and positions, observe boundaries and transgressions, and use the medium of photography as an escape ahead.
“For Fotodoks, the exchange between the photographers and the audience is very important and so we are thrilled that this year again a large number of the exhibiting photographers can be present at the festival in Munich,” – says Robert Pupeter, co-founder of Fotodoks. – “From the President of the photographer’s agency Magnum, Thomas Dworzak, to the versatile American photographer and author Tim Davis, to Sofia Valiente, winner of the World Press Photo award, many guests from the USA and German-speaking countries will be here to discuss and reflect with us.”
The ME:WE exhibition shows 17 photographic positions on the relationship between the individual and the collective. Within five days of the festival, photography will be reflected and discussed with photographers from the USA, Austria and Germany. The complete list of photographers and projects to be presented in Munich includes:
Endia Beal – CAN I TOUCH IT?
Almost every woman has toiled before the mirror, trying desperately to look “professional.” Endia Beal explored this frustration that occurs so often in the corporate sphere, this feeling of otherness that asks women, quite simply, to change. For minority women this change is often far more difficult, as the ideal corporate appearance remains, in most cases, the white male. In Can I Touch It? Beal approached white women in their forties and gave them a hairstyle typically seen on black women. After the makeover, the revamped women posed in corporate portraits. The most compelling aspect of the photos is not necessarily the physical discrepancy between a white woman and her black hair, but all of the complex histories and assumptions that make such a discrepancy so apparent to the viewer.
Michael Danner – MIGRATION AS AVANTGARDE
Losing the home, the intimacy of everyday life, the profession, the language and the naturalness of the reactions and gestures, also the casual expression of feeling. Experiences Hannah Arendt was writing about in her essay Wir Flüchtlinge/We Refugees in 1943 and Michael Danner enters into dialogue with his book project Migration as Avantgarde. He examines the new ways migrants are going in hope for a better life. Through the dedication of their own integrity and driven by the longing to give their lives a perspective, they bring new visions and ideas into our society. Arendt said that our identity changes so often that nobody can find out who we really are. In Migration as Avantgarde, Danner allows us to observe and to interpret what we see and he creates a space for dialogue, with the aim to stimulate a social debate that goes beyond the actual subject.
Tim Davis – MY LIVE IN POLITICS
Tim Davis began My Live in Politics in the post-9/11 tumult. Finding all sides in the suddenly politicised environment impossibly entrenched; he turned to his earliest social mentor, photographing his grandmother’s collection of activist buttons, which sits on a wall fresco painted by his grandfather. From there he pursued any leads that came naturally to him, attending meetings and rallies, and trying to be awake to the subtler ways political imagery leaks into our lives. He allowed himself to photograph only the subjects he could come upon with no special privilege, visiting government buildings and self-defined political institutions, and above all, driving through America in search of the signs and residue of political behaviour. Photographed with a large-format view camera on several trips crisscrossing the Untied States, My Life in Politics is an attempt to ask “What does my political life look like?” searching for pros and cons of visual meaning that are deeper than any party line.
Thomas Dworzak – POKÉMON GO
While returning to Paris in summer 2016, Thomas Dworzak (doc! #40) was intrigued by slow-moving crowds of people hunched into their smartphones, walking with a sense of purpose and then stopping suddenly on seemingly invisible marks. They had discovered the augmented reality video game sensation – Pokémon Go! In order to deepen his understanding, Dworzak downloaded the game himself and allowed it to be his guide. Taking both iPhone screen grabs and using the in-app camera, which is part of the game, Dworzak began to build up a study of the augmented reality game’s relationship with the physical world, and human beings’ changing relationship to their surroundings.
Annie Flanagan – WE GREW UP WITH GUM IN OUR HAIR
Annie Flanagan’s work focuses on the deep roots of gender-based violence in the American society as well as mental health and social problems that come along. She tends to begin projects that are informed by experiences she has, or those close to her have, and then she looks at how those experiences exist on a large level and in different situations. We Grew Up With Gum In Our Hair begans when her best friend, Hannah, left her abusive boyfriend. In this relationship Hannah experienced longterm exposure to emotional trauma, where she had little control and there was no hope of escape. The project that is part of the larger work group Deafening Sound and focuses on the correlation between domestic violence and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Gregory Halpern – ZZYXZ
The early settlers dubbed California “The Golden State” and “The Land of Milk and Honey.” Today, there are the obvious ironies – sprawl, spaghetti junctions and Skid Row – but the place is not so easily distilled or visualised, either as a clichéd paradise or as its demise. There’s a strange kind of harmony when it’s all seen together – the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it’s unpredictable and contradictory, but to greater extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redemptive next to the despairing, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh. The people, places, and animals of ZZYZX did exist before Halpern’s camera, but he has sewn these photographs into a work of fiction or fantasy – a structure, sequence and edit which, like Los Angeles itself, teeters on the brink of collapsing under the weight of its own strangely-shaped mass.
Paul Kranzler – SYNDICATE18
The essential basis of Syndicate18 is the re-examination and evaluation of the archive of Paul Kranzler. The title is derived from the name of the rapper ICE-T, and is also the average age of the persons portrayed and the period of the photographs. For the first time, he combines images he photographed from mid-1990s to 2013. In the early photographs, Kranzler himself still appears in the form of portraits, but also his friends, direct and unreflected in terms of fine art photography. This gives rise to the phenomenon of age equality between photographer and subject, that leaves us with the experience of great openness in the images. Later, he consciously worked on the continuation of the series on youth and youth culture, therefore he also traveled several times to the United States and remained connected with the people he photographed.
Kristin Loschert – MANN OHNE NAMEN
Loose stacking photographs of young men, loose encounters that led to it, yet the work Mann ohne Namen offers intensive encounters on different levels. Kristin Loschert has approached young men who were unknown to her on the street and met with them once or twice for a few hours to portray them. The layers of the pictures reflect the search for an inner, remembered image of a man. It is an interplay between her and her models, exposing on both sides, observation and projection, unspoken. At the same time, she also examines the possibilities of the portrait.
Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari – LOCKDOWN ARCHIVE & SHELTER-IN-PLATES
In the early morning on April 19, 2013 Massachusetts Governor ordered residents of Watertown, home town of Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, to “shelter-in-place”, to stay inside their homes. Also surrounding cities and towns were called to do so because of initiating a manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A vast military style manhunt was soon underway: a twenty block area of Watertown was cordoned off by thousands of policemen, and numerous SWAT teams were ordered to search every home in this target area. For 18 hours residents stayed indoors, watching out from their windows as tanks and heavily armed soldiers went from door to door, searched yards, under porches and in some blocks inside homes, as well. The search failed and the “shelter-in-place” was lifted but Tsarnaev was found one and a half hour later by a resident hidden under the cover of his boat in the backyard. Lockdown Archive is a collection of images all found on the web and reorganised chronologically, by category and by location, in order to provide an encyclopaedic overview of the manhunt.
Harris Mizrahi – INSIDE OUT
He drove as far as he could from home before tiring, sometimes he stayed on the road for a couple of days, sometimes for a week. Other times he travelled hundred of miles only to return right back home the same day. For Harris Mizrahi, whose work concentrates on vulnerability and portraiture, working on Inside Out was an excuse to escape, battling a deep depression and his seductive mania of his bipolar disorder. Although the images may be created with honest intention, they are neither factual nor they are intended to be. They ride a line between fantasy and reality, never quite falling to either side of that line. The end result is a story of a place and people that do not truly exist outside of these photographs.
Stefanie Moshammer – VEGAS AND SHE
Las Vegas, set in the Mojave Desert, is a sort of brightly coloured parallel universe alongside the rest of America. Bereft of evolved urban culture or traditional legacy, it’s a settlement agglomeration doubling up as a gigantic amusement park. In this ambiguous world, Stefanie Moshammer spent a few months working on Vegas and She, a portrait of this art(ificial) city and its inhabitants. It depicts the glaringly garish night-shade world of adult entertainment, strippers, and the twilight zones that exist there. Her approach was to portray them in a metaphoric way, to represent the atmosphere and mood in that world they live in. For that, Stefanie is using the body and the surroundings to invite a narrative and to model a certain reality, showing how people, interior and landscape are blending together in a place like Las Vegas. The places she takes her camera to are shiny dreamworlds, they take us away from reality and adrift somewhere between illusion, desire and fantasy.
Andrea Ellen Reed – UNSIGHTED
The experimental short film Unsighted was created in 2015 in direct response to race riots in Baltimore (MD, USA) and Ferguson (MO, USA) – both the result of the deaths of unarmed Black men. Andrea Ellen Reed created a soundscape of edited audio clips of pundits, civil rights activists, educators and newscasters to comment on how Black people internalise White supremacist culture. Reed herself is a subject of the film and she confronts the viewer as she watches clips of riots on a computer screen. At first glance, this piece appears to be a self-portrait, but as the film goes on, she becomes a representative of the Black community – illustrating the slow, steady deterioration of a soul bludgeoned by circumstances.
Richard Renaldi – TOUCHING STRANGERS
Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in the ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort zones. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.
Ruddy Roye – WHEN LIVING IS A PROTEST
Sixty years ago, marching was considered an act of protest. Ruddy Roye is thankful he had been able to grow up on the backs of those who made strides and steps in the direction that enabled him to do something other than pick cotton and chop sugar cane. However, this life is not without its scars, memories and vestiges of the toll “the struggle” had on a race of people. In 2015, he walked around Brooklyn, Mississippi, Memphis, Manhattan, and Ferguson reading the tales of those living is a testimony to this ongoing struggle. The When Living Is a Protest series is his attempt to show a glimpse into what it means to live in “the struggle.”
When someone is incarcerated, female family members often pick up the pieces. But the financial and emotional strain of having loved ones behind bars can take a toll upon women on the outside. Also long distances make it hard for them to visit their loved ones, often it’s a more than three hours drive each way. One of those families is that of Kristal Bush (28). When she was 3 years old, her father went to prison. Her cousins, brothers, friends and lovers followed. Six years ago, Kristal founded Bridging the Gap, a van service that transports people from Philadelphia to distant prisons for visits. Lisa Riordan Seville, Zara Katz and supporting them photographer Zora J. Murff offer with their ongoing multimedia project Women on the Outside a glimpse into the lives of this group of women on the outside, trying to stay connected to loved ones behind bars.
Sofia Valiente – MIRACLE VILLAGE
In Southern Florida, on the southeast corner of Lake Okeechobee, lies a small community called Miracle Village – home to over 100 sex offenders. The community was founded by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals reintegrate into society. The residency restriction is the most difficult law to abide by for sex offenders since they must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any bus stop, school or place where children congregate. Sofia Valiente lived among and photographed the residents of Miracle Village. The men are mixed in age and from various educational and ethnic backgrounds and are all coming to terms with the permanence of living with the label “sex offender.” There is also one woman. Her project addresses issues of trust, the reality of daily life of sex offenders, stigmatisation, misconceptions, family lost and family gained, and overall gratitude to have a place to call home.
Christina Werner – THE BOYS ARE BACK
Staging and repetition are essential elements in the Christina Werner’s work. Political propaganda reunions are now “events” with a theatrical character, so also stage elements such as heavy curtains are part of her work and the title The Boys Are Back sounds a bit musical-like. Through the act of repeating, which manifests itself not only in the collages, but also in the video loops, Werner composes for herself the thesis that history always repeats itself. In view of the growth of right-wing European networks and their pop-cultural media representation, Christina Werner creates an awareness of visual and staging strategies and is approaching the discourse on socio-political problems and questions in a very conceptual way, which also reflects an existing proximity-distance relationship with politics.
Fotodoks festival also includes workshops and lots of discussion panels.
More info @ www.fotodoks.de
Fotodoks – Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography
@ Lothringer13 Halle (Lothringer Straße 13, Munich, Germany)
October 11-15, 2017
The Me:We exhibition will be open to the public until November 26, 2017
It is the seventh time Opole will have a pleasure to host leading Polish photographers, the participants of the Opole Photography Festival. The October event will take place under the Look motto, to which the invited exhibitions present different attitude.
„Our goal is to show a man in different cultural relations in the context of photographic document,” – says Sławoj Dubiel of the 2.8 Foundation, organising the festival. – “The document on which people were captured, their faces forming collective portraits, the record of the epoch. A look at people in various cultural contexts, their journeys through time, dialogue with these phenomena, how deep the roots of our civilisation are.”
The photographers invited to Opole use different techniques in their work, they have different approaches to the role and attitudes of the photographer and they are at different stages of their careers. That is why the programme of this year’s festival is going to be very interesting. Below we present the five most interesting, according to the doc! photo magazine editors, exhibitions of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.
Jacenty Dędek – ELSEWHERE
Cross-sectional picture of contemporary provincial Poland. It is a multifaceted story about people living there, their relations, life’s inconvenience, things that are hard to them. In spite of the fact that the project is focused on local societies, the photographs speak about universal issues that can affect any of us.
Dominika Gęsicka – THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE
“There is a place where no one is born and no one dies,” – it is how the description of Dominika Gęsicka’s project, that won this year’s Łódź FOTOFESTIWAL Grand Prix, begins. Her material from Spitsbergen is an amazing story about the people who try to find their place in the world far away from the world. You can find This Is Not a Real Life project and an extensive interview with Dominika Gęsicka @ doc! photo magazine vol. Q1 #36.
Krzysztof Gierałtowski – RING
Master of portrait photography in action. A lesson on the history of communist Poland. The exhibition presents pictures of artists, scientists, writers, activists, workers and socialist managers. You can find here portraits of the then oppositionists, Marxist experts and communist ideologues.
Tymon Markowski – FLOW
The Brda, a river connecting Bydgoszcz with Bydgoszcz that are 106 kilometres away from each other. Markowski’s project is a record of one year lasting trip along the Brda River. Simultaneously, it also shows the river’s neighbourhood with its astonishing and unusual situations.
Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY
Piotr Zbierski comes back to Opole with the exhibition accompanying a book with the same title. It is a multifaceted, visually unusual story about man in different cultural contexts. It is also a summary of Piotr Zbierski’s (doc! #8 and cd! #5) hitherto photographic work put in three projects – Dream of White Elephants, Love Has To Be Reinvented and Stones Were Lost from the Base.
The programme of the festival also includes three group exhibitions (by students of the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty and the University of Opole’s Faculty of Art as well as members of the Opole Photographic Society) and an exhibition of the winner of this year’s edition of the Show Yourself! competition – Good Life by Paweł Piotrowski (doc! #1).
“We wanted each presentation to be a closed whole and the festival to show the diversity of attitudes in relation to the main theme,” – added Dubiel.
Traditionally, apart from the exhibitions, the Opole Festival of Photography also includes numerous artist’s talks and workshops.
More info @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only)
Opole Festival of Photography
@ Opole (Poland)
October 6 – November 11, 2017
The 2017 Opole Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
All pictures courtesy of the 2017 Opole Festival of Photography.
The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO biennale starts at the beginning of September. This year’s event, titled The Limits of Tolerance, includes not only exhibitions, but also meetings, lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations, school competitions, activities combining photography with music or literature, and city games. This year, in addition to artists from different countries, the event will host reviewers, curators and critics responsible for similar events in other European cities that make up the international opinion of the environment. Thanks to them, the festival is enriched with INTERPHOTO Grand Prix and International Portfolio Review.
The festival is a place where Eastern European photography can meet with the Western one, where photographers – focused on important social identity and formal issues in the field of contemporary media as artistic expression – may exchange their experiences and start new joint projects.
Although the festival officially starts on September 14, a part of its extensive programme opens before that day. Within the framework of the festival there will be 34 individual and group exhibitions. There will be over 50 different accompanying activities, including workshops (eg rare European daguerreotype workshops run by Lithuanian artists), film screenings, meetings, lectures and other forms of talks about photography. More than 200 artists will come to Białystok to participate at exhibitions and in workshops, lectures and meetings. More than 30 organisations and institutions are involved into the festival, and the festival events will take place in more than 23 venues: from galleries, through universities and coffee houses to streets.
This year’s edition theme is Limits of Tolerance. It will be answered by such artists as Martin Kollar, István Halas, Andriy Boyarov, Arnis Balčus, Maria Kapajeva, Jan Pohribný, Alexander Vasukovich and Bogdan Konopka (cd! #3). The festival will also present numerous group exhibitions, including Zero-61” (curated by Lech Lechowicz), Central by East Central (curated by Adam Mazur) and post-competition presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers DEBUTS (edition 2017).
More info @ www.interphoto.pl
International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO 2017
@ Białystok (Poland)
September 14 – October 18, 2017
The 3rd edition of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
All pictures courtesy of the International Photography Festival Białystok INTERPHOTO.
The third edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography will transform the seaside Sopot into a centre of Polish photography once again. Lovers of the art of photography will have an opportunity to see the effects of work of the festival residents – the leading Polish photographers. Artistic residences are typical of Sopot’s festival. The selection of impressive authors, expressing themselves in different kinds of photographic art lets gather enthusiasts of different interests around one event. To this year’s edition of the festival, its Art Director, Tomasz Bergmann, invited artists using different stylistic formula: documentarists who also know the language of abstraction as well as creative authors also expressing themselves in modern documentary forms: Kuba Dąbrowski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11) and Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7).
The title frames of the festival are taken from the literally meaning while the idea of the organisers expresses the concept from behind the world of limits. The total freedom of creativity, given to artists by the town, encourages to cross the frames. Sopot offers them its physical tissue and the photographs are allowed to use everything that is nonmaterial. According to the organisers, the cyclic formula of the festival will create a multidimensional portrait of the place as well as the changing reality.
The projects done in the frames of the artistic residences will be presented as the main exhibition of the festival (curator: Maja Kaszkur). The exhibition will be supported by many artist’s talks and workshops.
Further attractions of the 3rd edition of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography are:
- Places. Reconstruction III, monographic exhibition of Tadeusz Rolke curated by Marek Grygiel;
- Single Shot, collective exhibition originally organised by the Fort Institute of Photography and curated by Krzysztof Miękus;
- Freefall, individual exhibition of Pszemek Dzienis originally organised by the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw;
- DEBUTS (edition 2017), post-competition exhibition of the project organised by doc! photo magazine;
- outdoor exhibition of Łukasz Gawroński;
- project by students of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts curated by Wojtek Wieteska;
- presentation of works by students of the Sopot School of Photography and Instagrammers.
W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
@ Sopot (Poland)
September 8-10, 2017
The 3rd edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
New realities, quasi-biographies, weird, unbelievable worlds. This year, Fotofestiwal has invited artists who use fiction to comment on ‘here and now.’ They will draw you into a game, where boundaries between the real and the unreal are no longer so obvious. Hence the title of the 16th edition of Fotofestiwal – DASZ WIARĘ? / CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Fotofestiwal is one of the most significant photography events in this part of Europe. It gathers photographers from all over the world, presenting their works at exhibitions visited by thousands of viewers. Fotofestiwal is an opportunity for the audience to discover the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography, while for photographers – to broaden their knowledge during workshops and the portfolio review.
This year, the viewers will face imagined realities and participate in a game in which they will no longer be just passive observers. The artists who participate in Dasz wiarę? / Can you Imagine? say: don’t believe photography, ask questions, be an attentive observer. Dialogue with the audience of Dasz wiarę?/ Can you imagine? is strengthened by subtle, (un)real installations by Noémie Goudal and the latest project called Provisional Arrangements by Martin Kollar, a renowned absurd seeker.
The curator’s exhibition will be prepared by one of the most intriguing artists of the young generation – Augustin Rebetez. He is known for his signature – black birds, human-like creatures and incredible structures that have made appearance in the minimalist gallery halls of Berlin, Paris, Lausanne, Arles, Mexico City or Montreal, among others. Trash Cans for Hearts and People Have No Soul, a chorus exhibition curated by Augustin Rebetez, is more than a photography exhibition – it is a total artistic universe, which Rebetez creates together with sixteen other artists, including David Favrod (winner of the 2014 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal), Christian Patterson, Birthe Piontek, Reiner Riedler and Yumiko Utsu.
The team of curators will present the set of works authored by the master of artistic mystification – Joan Fontcuberta. This will be the first in Poland presentation of such a large collection of works by one of the best known artists, curators and theoreticians of photography. Fontcuberta’s works have been presented in the most renowned arts institutions in the world. In Łódź, we will see three of his projects: Fauna, Herbarium and Constellations, which have significantly influenced the understanding of contemporary photography. Herbarium and Constellations take us to the fantasy world of quasi-botany and pseudo-astronomy. Fauna is a seemingly documentary project about research conducted by an unknown biologist, who discovers new animal species. A snake with centipede’s legs or a monkey having a body of a horse are only examples of what Fontcuberta ‘captured.’ It could change the history of science… if only it was real.
This year’s Fotofestiwal theme will also be reflected at the photo book exhibition and selected film screenings. However, Fotofestiwal is not only about the world of fiction – the NOOR agency (doc! #7), known for its strictly documentary photography, will organise workshops for photographers and the celebration of its 10th anniversary.
Traditionally, the festival will begin with announcement of the results of Grand Prix competition, presenting the most interesting phenomena of contemporary photography. One out of ten finalists – Loulou d’Aki, Andrea & Magda, Zeng Ge, Dominika Gęsicka (doc! #26), Wojciech Grzędziński (doc! #11), Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian, Alexandra Lethbridge, Jerome Ming, Viacheslav Poliakov and Oliver Tooke – will receive the prize of PLN 10,000. The competition works will be presented at the exhibitions and slideshows in the urban space.
The main programme of the 2017 Fotofestiwal Łódź is enriched with:
- lots of accompanying exhibitions, including the premier show of the DEBUTS (edition 2017)’s laureates as well as individual exhibitions of Viviane Sassen (doc! #5) or Rafał Milach (doc! #19);
- photobook exhibitions (Kassel Dummy Award 2017 and Photo Publication of the Year);
Fotofestiwal Kids, a series of workshops for the youngest ones, guided walks around exhibitions and a playground where parents may leave their children under care, while they themselves can see the exhibitions.
Next to the photo exhibitions, events, evening slideshows, artist’s talks and guided walks, the festival will also include film screenings (thanks to partnership with Transatlantyk Film Festival): premieres of most interesting documentaries about photography and photographers (i.e. Josef Koudelka and Robert Frank), some works that are a result of the search for a new film form that includes photography, and short photo-films presented earlier at the Les Nuits Photographie Festival.
More info @ www.fotofestiwal.com
@ Łódź (Poland)
June 1-11, 2017
The International Festival of Photography FOTOFESTIWAL ŁÓDŹ is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The ninth edition of Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh, one of the most prestigious photography festivals in Asia, launches on February 3 and will run until February 16, 2017. The festival is organised biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has become the most significant photography event in Asia.
The Chobi Mela IX is organised under the Transition subject. The festival will feature over 30 exhibitions with work from 27 artists spanning 16 countries accompanied by workshops, portfolio reviews and artist talks. The list of exhibited photographers includes Kanu Gandhi, Stanley Greene, Nasir Ali Mamun, Naeem Mohaiemen, Pushpamala N., Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Robert Zhao Renhui (doc! #26) and Donald Webber, among others.
Chobi Mela IX also commissions ten Bangladeshi artists as Chobi Mela Fellows to produce site-specific artwork for the festival. To investigate the theme Transition, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually. Through this novel initiative, Chobi Mela aims to support new media artists of Bangladesh to develop independent projects with freedom rarely provided in formal art events.
Chobi Mela IX continues its tradition of recognising individuals who have dedicated their lives to the growth of Bangladeshi photography. We are honoured to announce that the Chobi Mela IX Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Nasir Ali Mamun and Sayeeda Khanom. Nasir Ali Mamun’s passion for portraiture gave us engaging, thought-provoking images of writers, poets, musicians, and artists, and Sayeeda Khanom continues to be a torch bearer for women in the field of photojournalism, which men have long tried to monopolise.
Ensuring access for the general public, which has always been an important part of the festival, mobile exhibitions on ricksha vans (a trademark of the festival) will travel all over Dhaka city including remote locations. The festival is free and open to the public.
More info @ www.chobimela.org
The 4th edition of Press Photo Expo will take place in one of the oldest Warsaw’s trade houses, built in 1914 – The Jabłkowski Brothers – on January 16. The event, whose goal is to share photographic knowledge and experience, gathers professionals and photography lovers. This year’s edition of Press Photo Expo will consist of photo exhibitions, products presentations, legal consultations, lots of workshops and lectures, including this by special guest of the event – Joe Klamar, photojournalist of the Agence France Presse known for his controversial images of the US Olympics team.
“During this event professionals meet each other in one place to focus on offering designed specifically for them,” – says Adam Nurkiewicz, organising the event. - “The list of companies presenting their equipment for photographers covers all leading brands producing cameras, lenses and peripheries.”
The event is addressed primarily to professional photographers, freelancers, photo agencies and information services, photographic associations, journalists’ associations, editorial staff, students and all people interested in good photography.
One of the accompanying events of the 2017 Press Photo Expo will be Warsaw presentation of the most talented emerging Polish photographers, laureates of DEBUTS (edition 2016), selected by international jury, consisting of photographers, publishers and gallery owners.
More info @ www.pressphotoexpo.com
Press Photo Expo 2017
@ The Jabłkowski Brothers Trade House (25 Bracka St., Warsaw, Poland)
January 16, 2017
10.00 AM – 9.00 PM
The 2017 Press Photo Expo is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
For the 6th edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend more than 70 galleries, museums, institutions and off-spaces will be presenting a varied programme about the medium of photography. The exhibitions will range from classic photography to current trends with the new media. Following the great success of recent years, the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend has become a popular feature of Düsseldorf’s arts and cultural scene and also attracts more and more international interest.
The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend traditionally opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. This year, the Forum will host three exhibitions:
- Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand’s Women on Street, with rare colour photographs taken by Garry Winogrand from the 1950s and 1960s.
- Thomas Mailaender’s The Fun Archive – the Germany’s first retrospective of the artist. Thomas Mailaender collects artefacts of cyber culture – anonymous amateur photographs, Internet memes and cyber trash – which he archives, processes and channels into the world of high culture. During the exhibition, Thomas will also construct spectacular room installations such as the Fun Archive Headquarter and the Chicken Museum.
- Perfect Storm, an exhibition summarising the 5th edition of the Portfolio Review section. It will include presentations of the 15 short-listed artists plus works by nine artists from the previous editions of the Portfolio Review. The exhibition will showcase the current themes and approaches that are influencing the young generation of photographers. The works will be united by the idea of posing the question regarding the limitation and legitimisation of the expansion of image space and the productivity that ensues from this floating state.
The Benrath Palace and Park Foundation will present the works of Marcus Schwier -> Photography. His multifaceted work comprises series from the fields of architectural and landscape photography. The thematic blocks in the exhibition include, in particular, a series of night-time images from North and South American cities in which the light spaces have been artistically arranged by Schwier. The theme for another series is the greenhouse as a model of industrialised agriculture. Two groups of works are based on the use of a long tripod that makes it possible to take voyeuristic photographs of people and, by the same token, reflects the images of the world that are generated through surveillance technology.
The Philara Collection, with its new premises in Flingern, will show works by Sabine Dusend and Alex Grein, two young graduates of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, -> Stille Kammer. Both of the artists use photography to draw closer to the essential features of traditional picture production, the difference between man and machine as well as between an object and its representation.
In Number Thirteen, two exhibition concepts, will be combined in the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. At the hub of the presentation will stand the large-format video installation Factory of The Sun by Hito Steyerl. In parallel to this, but in a separate space on the first floor, will be the Missed Connections, a group exhibition curated by Jennifer Chan at the invitation of Hito Steyerl and in cooperation with the Julia Stoschek Collection.
The Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Düsseldorf (a memorial site to the victims of the Nazi regime) will present an exhibition dedicated to the artist and lawyer Fred Stein -> Auf dem Weg. Dresden Paris New York. In 1933, as a socialist and a Jew, he had to flee from the National Socialists in Dresden. As an exile in Paris, out of necessity, he turned his hobby into a profession. He opened a photo studio and, in the course of this, revealed his outstanding talent. He turned out to be a master of portraiture and spontaneous street photography.
At the Haus der Universität, the Open Loop exhibition will present unpublished documents and photographs – from the estate of the Berlin film-maker Hansjürgen Pohland – of Will McBride, Michael Marton and Jean-Gil Chodziesner-Bonne.
As previously, this year’s edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend will be accompanied by Photo Book Salon, which will take place in the historic library on the newly built campus of the Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD). In addition to an exhibition of the short list for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, an invitation to participate in the Salon has also be extended to European book publishers (including us ) that focus mainly on the production of photo books.
The 2017 Duesseldorf Photo Weekend schedule also includes lectures, symposiums, discussion rounds and film screenings at the Haus der Universität and at the Hochschule Düsseldorf.
More info and detailed programme @ www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de
Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017
February 3 – 5, 2017
@ Düsseldorf (Germany)
Official opening @ NRW-Forum Düsseldorf on February 2 at 7.00 PM
Opening hours of the exhibitions:
February 3 – 6.00 PM – 9.00 PM
February 4 – 12.00 PM – 8.00 PM
February 5 – 12.00 PM – 6.00 PM
The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.
Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).
Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).
The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.
The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl
7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016
The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Diffusion and disappearance are both gentle movements, often hardly noticeable. Nothing concrete is happening, it is going on slowly, not quite to the end and it continues. They are processes which often complement each other. Diffusion/Disappearance is the motto of the 6th Opole Festival of Photography.
The programme of this year’s festival includes exhibitions which focus on man’s issues, his associates with other man, with the space and memory. They are stories of relations and their dynamism, actually of these leading diffusion and disappearance. Sometimes blurred and difficult to define. What is more, in terms of the form, they can be found on the borders of genres, making them disappear.
Certainly, the most important presentation of this year’s edition of the OFFoto is the exhibition of Zofia Rydet’s monumental Sociological Record project, including some thousands of photographic negatives. Realised by Zofia Rydet from 1978 up to almost the end of her life, it permanently astonishes and impresses. It is so monumental, that can’t be shown as a whole during one exhibition, though any selection is extremely difficult. Zofia Rydet used to visit the inhabitants in their homes and portrait them sitting in their most representative place in their house. As the result, we have a picture of everyday life and thousands of faces. On one hand, they are common, repeatable and similar, on the other one – wonderfully different in outfits, poses, surroundings and decoration. The title suggests research material. So does Rydet’s approach – methodological and typological. However, the result of Sociological Record seems scientifically elusive. There are no clear classifications and divisions, no definitions and standards. There is man and his relationships.
Karolina Jonderko (doc! #1 & #18) used a very similar approach. Her Lost project consists of specific portraits of rooms belonging to the people, who haven’t come back to their places. They went to their jobs, schools, walks or shopping, leaving their rooms just for a while. Their beloved keep their spaces for them, hoping that one day their missing will come back to them. Jonderko took pictures of 15 rooms throughout Poland. She illustrated the history of the missing persons, determination of the loved ones, and the slow process of disappearance under the pressure of everyday life.
Maksymilian Rigamonti (doc! #1) in his Places that Do Not Exist project also focuses on memory and inevitability of its disappearing. He tries to find out how much one can learn about the old events just by looking at the space. His photographic travels to the Volhynia also use to listen to human stories. They are about everyday life that penetrated history and pushed it aside. We can see it taking over the space. Just a reflection on the frailty of human memory.
In turn, Spring, which Didn’t Bloom by Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) is a story about quite recent events. Moskwa tells about Syria’s everyday life – from the beginning of the Arab Spring up to the present refugee exodus. He shows the literal disappearing of the world and how ordinary people deal with it.
A method, repeatedly proven in history of photography, is a record for remembering. Although it can’t replace our memory and is subjective, it still protects from disappearing, forgetting. Both, Paweł Frenczak (Noir) and Małgorzata Sajur (DEBUTS 2015; My Anxieties), record their own personal stories of their own everyday life. Another method is an attempt to reconstruct events from memory. Their repetition leaves ever-lasting record of photographic image. This is the method used by the winner of the Show up contest – Piotr Pardiak (Heritage).
The passage of time is the primary motive of the First Haircut exhibition. Michał Stolarski and Tomasz Liboska are reconstructing their memories from their youth. They invited Dominik and Marek to play their stories that took place 20 years before. “We are trying to recall everything that is possible: real places, details, gestures. We have to improvise. Lots of the places we remember either don’t exist any more or changed their character. Our memories are not the same as they used to be either,” – they say. Intertwining worlds of actors and authors, fading of memories, giving way to changes and yet it is all going on at the document happening today.
In many single photographs as well as in full stories and exhibitions of this years’s edition of the OFFoto we will find this intertwining of worlds, memories, reflexions on disappearing. Actually that is the purpose of photography. A photo is a trace of a certain event, authentic one or created. If authentic one – it is still subjective and as such it can be remembered in a different way by somebody standing just some centimetres away. The leading motto doesn’t explain the sense of every presentation literally and accurately, but, as usual, encourages to find one’s own interpretations and add their own stories and associations.
More info and detailed programme @ www.offoto.pl (website in Polish language version only).
6th Opole Festival of Photography
September 29 – November 13, 2016
The 6th Opole Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.