Victoria Ivleva @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography presents the Victoria Ivleva’s In the Footsteps of ‘The Sacrifice.’ In Memory of Andrey Tarkovsky exhibition. The exhibition is based on photos and interviews made this summer on the Swedish island Gotland, where The Sacrifice, the last Andrey Tarkovsky’s film, was shot 30 years ago.

“Our exhibition is a tribute to one of the greatest directors in the history of Russian cinema 30 years after his death, as well as homage to the Gotlanders who took part in the shooting of the film,” - says Victoria Ivleva.

Three decades after The Sacrifice had received the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, photographer Victoria Ivleva and researcher Ulla Tillgren managed to find the inhabitants of Gotland who worked on the film alongside the film crew and who contributed to the success of the film.

“In Närsholmen we found the place where the famous house in the film stood and the field where the ambulance drivers caught Erland Josephson. We were lucky enough to find the overgrown path that Allan Edwall rode his bicycle on. We saw the place where Sven Nykvist’s camera stood during the first house fire. Most of the people we met had not been there for more than  30 years, and no one had ever asked them about the film the Russian director shot on Gotland.  They were all invited to the premier and many thought the film was convoluted and hard to understand. One remembered falling asleep and another one remembered having left the cinema hall. Others loved the dreamy atmosphere of the film. Now, after 30 years, they all wanted to see the film again,” – Ivleva recalls.

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

In the footsteps of The Sacrifice. Gotland (Sweden), 2016

Victoria Ivleva | based in Moscow (Russia) | photographer and journalist | studied Journalism at the Moscow State University | has worked in many conflict zones and cooperated with Russian and foreign outlets | winner of the 1992 World Press Photo’s Science & Technology – series category | also won German Gerd Bucerius Prize and Russian Union of Journalists Prize | nominated for Andrei Sakharov’s Prize.

Victoria Ivleva – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SACRIFICE. IN MEMORY OF ANDREY TARKOVSKY
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
The exhibition is open to the public until January 22, 2017

The Victoria Ivleva exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Borys Makary @ andel’s Hotel Cracow

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Borys Makary is an exploring artist. It seems that he hasn’t found his favourite form of expression yet. Thus so many intriguing forms of depicting and methods of presenting topics. No matter if it is an attempt to discover links between a man and nature, putting him into the landscape, or Man-Ray’s like presenting the reality using negatives and numerological describing of man, Makary’s photographs are a journey through the corners of human mind, an attempt to catch that what is ephemeral and simultaneously – a set of his own photographic path. During this journey, Makary proves he is an unusually talented artist able to break cliches and replace them with his own original observations and associations.

Borys Makary’s photographs are like opium: addictive and unforgivable. Once seen, they come back to the recipient repeatedly like a boomerang thrown in the Australian bush. They tempt. They hypnotise. They addict. Through his pictures, Borys plays an endless game with a viewer, a game in which he establishes the rules, and during which he is both, the demiurge and an active participant. The unconscious of anything recipient gets caught up in this game as easily as the insect lured by the carnivorous sundew. Each Makary’s exhibition reveals another scene of this peculiar game and the key to the understanding of its principles is total immersion in the magic of his images.

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There are two trends noticeable in Makary’s work. On the one hand it is a fascination with the human body, especially the female body and femininity in general; on the other hand, it is admiration for the beauty and power of nature. Both threads are led parallelly, although it happens to them to enter together into an invisible dialogue. Such a dialogue is the latest presentation of Makary’s works, that consists of works from the artist’s archives that have never been displayed publicly before as well as the photographs made specially for the Cracow exhibition.

Why Unseen Dialogues? Because they are not obvious, one must look for them in the game of the pictures, in their associations. Seemingly simple, they can make a mess in one’s head. To understand them properly can cause some trouble. In addition, Makary doesn’t help us in this task. He makes us analyse them carefully picture by picture in order to find their connection, to hear their dialogues. What they are talking about? What they want to tell us? Come and listen to them.

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Borys Makary (b. 1977) | based in Cracow (Poland) | visual artist dealing with conceptual, creative and commenting reality art | mainly uses photography, but also installations and video | graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts’ Faculty of Multimedia Communications in Poznań (Poland) | learnt photography from Miles Aldridge and at the International Centre of Photography in New York City (NY, USA) | former assistant to Richard Warren, a fashion photographer | has presented his works in Poland and abroad at individual exhibitions in based in Paris NUE and Claude-Samuel galleries, and at collective exhibition FOTOFEVER at the Louvre Museum, among others | has participated in the WeArt (Barcelona, Span) and Photo Independent (Los Angeles, CA, USA) festivals | has received many awards of international photography contests in the USA and in Europe, including two medals at the 2013 Prix de la Photographie Paris | has published in many photographic magazines, including Secret Behaviour and contra doc! (cd! #6).

Borys Makary – UNSEEN DIALOGUES
andel’s Hotel Cracow (3 Pawia St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: January 12, 2017 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between January 13 and February 12, 2017

The Borys Makary exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Piotr Zbierski @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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The Leica Gallery Warsaw closes 2016 with Piotr Zbierski’s (doc! #8 & cd! #5) exhibition  that is a photographic journey to the sources of nature, a common tradition of symbols and cultural codes. The Push the Sky Away exhibition is a triptych including his latest project – Stones Were Lost from the Base and his two earlier series: White Elephants and Love Has to Be Reinvented. Work over the whole took him 9 years.

Piotr Zbierski’s photographs are very personal. They don’t tell about the world but rather about its structure. Like an anthropologist, Zbierski rewers to the roots, to that what was before the image.

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“I am most ineterested in the dialogue between the mental time and the common one, relationships with the past,” -  says Piotr Zbierski. - “We live in a specific time, in which the contact with the causes of  the occurrence of linguistic, logical, cultural and religious structures is either repeatedly broken or displaced by current hybrids. I am interested in the overlap and erosion of these spaces, the desire to extract the structure that asks where it came from. It exists now but it is the result of the march through centuries. It is breathing now but it is all covered with dust of the ancestors. I choose places that were important for previous civilisations, as the medieval astronomical observatory in Lithuania or mysterious creatures created by the nature itself.”

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The essential part of Zbierski’s exhibition is his latest project – Stones Were Lost from the Base. It is a journey through the centuries searching for the essence and a common link of human emotions. Zbierski searches for things that are constant and stable, for formulas and bases, what the human spieces and human imagination confronting with nature are. In this way he tries to limit the message in the pictures to a necessary minimum: to leave the everlasting, bluring the “momentary” states of things.

The exhibition is accompanied by an identically titled book containing about 150 photographs by Piotr Zbierski as well as insired by his work poem by Patti Smith, a legendary American singer and poetess, written for this book, and essay by Prof. Eleonora Jedlińska.

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Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987) | based in Łódź (Poland) | graduated from Photography at the Łódź Film School | author of award-winning and highly respected series: White Elephants, Here, Love Has to Be Reinvented and Childhood Dreams | has presented his works internationally at individual and collective exhibitions | his series have been published by Shots Magazine, Ninja Mag, Archivo Zine, dienacht, GUP, doc! photo magazine (doc! #8) and contra doc! (cd! #5), among others | winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award | author of the book Push the Sky Away (Łódź Film School, 2016).

Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 15 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 16, 2016 and January 29, 2017

The Piotr Zbierski’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.