Red Poppy Fields @ Photon Gallery Vienna

© András Bozsó

The Red Poppy Fields – The Great War Reflected in Contemporary Photography exhibition is part of the international project dedicated to the contemporary view of the World War I which is perceived as one of the most dramatic events in Europe’s recent history. At Photon Gallery the works of 16 contemporary artists and photographers will be displayed.

The Red Poppy Fields project reflects on turbulent European history and causal relationship between ideology and economy, politics and war. Through exhibitions and discursive events it examines the causes and consequences for/of the World War I and its broader social, political, economic and cultural implications. Focusing particularly on the photography and moving image, the exhibition presents different views of these historical events and draw parallels between the past and the present. The project brings together partners from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, thus the states that were predominantly involved in the war on the side of Austrian-Hungary empire. However, the participants of the project address these phenomena from the broader all-European perspective.

© Antal Tarjáni

The project also focuses on some key elements of the role of photography in the early 20th century, when aerial photography was established and photojournalism began to develop, and now when in the digital age the questions of censorship, surveillance and propaganda are topical again. By juxtaposing contemporary and historic photography the project deals with the status of photographic medium in the both periods, one hundred years ago and nowadays as well as its role with preserving the memory and addressing historical discourses. The diverse approaches of the artists and photographers, who in their work deal with the perception and representation of these past events, testify on that.

The touring Red Poppy Fields exhibition will be displayed in six cities across Central Europe: Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Prague (the Czech Republic), Słupsk (Poland) and Vienna (Austria). Follow the Red Poppy Fields website for more details and dates.

The forbidden forest. The sappers work in the areas designated 'Zone-Rouge' after the armistice of 1918. Today the forest still remains out-of-bounds to the general public due to the continuing hazard of the explosive remnants of war. The French Department for the Interior estimates that there are 12 million unexploded shells from WWI in the Verdun sector alone. Picture: Phosgene gas shells. German 77mm. Verdun (France), 2009.

The forbidden forest. The sappers work in the areas designated ‘Zone-Rouge’ after the armistice of 1918. Today the forest still remains out-of-bounds to the general public due to the continuing hazard of the explosive remnants of war. The French Department for the Interior estimates that there are 12 million unexploded shells from WWI in the Verdun sector alone.
Photo: Phosgene gas shells. German 77mm. Verdun (France), 2009.

The artists: Hassan Abdelghani (Croatia), Anikó Bodor (Hungary), András Bozsó (Hungary), Lara Ciarabellini (Italy), diSTRUKTURA (Serbia) & Barbi Marković (Austria/Serbia), Peter Hebeisen (Switzerland), Radenko Milak (Bosnia and Herzegovina) & Roman Uranjek (Slovenia), Jonathan Olley (United Kingdom), Borut Peterlin (doc! #21; Slovenia), Darije Petković (Croatia), Martin Piaček (Slovakia), Bonnell Robinson (USA), Károly Sándor Áron (Hungary), Pavel Maria Smejkal (Slovakia), Antal Tarjáni (Hungary) and Vladimír Židlický (the Czech Republic).

RED POPPY FIELDS
@ Photon Gallery (Absberggasse 27/9/10, Vienna, Austria)
The exhibition is open to the public until January 30, 2016. 

Read more @ redpoppyfields.org & photongallery.at

What Remains – about Zofia Rydet’s ‘Sociological Record’

© Zofia Rydet_001

Courtesy of Zofia Augustyńska-Martyniak

What are today’s interpretations of Zofia Rydet’s work? What do we know about her? What have we learnt about her while working on her archive? These are just some of the topics that will be discussed at Saturday’s meeting on this extraordinary photographer, author of Sociological Record – a monumental project consisting of more than 14,000 pictures.

The conclusions resulting from implementation of the latest project – What Remains – will be also presented during the meeting. The project includes photographic activities in the localities where Zofia Rydet worked on Sociological Record over 30 years ago. Persons from her photos have been located, recorded and portrayed. These meetings have a significant impact on understanding Rydet’s work.

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Courtesy of Zofia Augustyńska-Martyniak

 

The meeting, hosted by Ewa Pasternak-Kapera (cd! #6), will be attended by Zofia Augustyńska-Martyniak (Zofia Rydet Foundation), Agnieszka Pajączkowska (main animator of the What Remains project), Wojciech Nowicki (writer, journalist, photographer and curator) and Maciej Frąckowiak (visual sociologist, curator and researcher). The talk will be accompanied by photo and film presentations.

Zofia Rydet Foundation – WHAT REMAINS
@ Pauza In Garden (Małopolska Garden of Arts, 12 Rajska St., Cracow, Poland)
December 5 at 6:00 PM

Read more about Zofia Rydet’s Sociological Record @ www.zofiarydet.com
Read more about the Zofia Rydet Foundation @ www.fundacjarydet.pl

The meeting is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.