HumanDOC film festival starts today!

25 films will be screened during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC, which starts today in Warsaw (Poland). The festival is the first in Central and Eastern Europe and the world’s third innovative event combining world-class cinema with global reflection. Films presented at the HumanDOC Festival are real gems of documentary films showing global interdependencies, problems and challenges. The festival is a world in a nutshell: living for less than one dollar a day, fighting against social exclusion, the effects of climate change, international aid, conflicts…

The festival is a unique combination of pleasurable and useful: world-class documentaries, social campaigns, debates and discussions – HumanDOC presents original, full of passion and emotions films, which are sensitive to social injustice and above all – inspire action, thinking and discovering the world anew!

Globalisation has heavily influenced societies in different parts of the world, causing the problems of underdeveloped countries to rise to the level of global ones. At the same time, however, the economic divide between the rich North (the so-called Global North) and the poor South (Global South) is continuing to deepen. The uncontrolled growth of the world population and the accompanying unemployment are causing extreme poverty, epidemics of hunger and infectious diseases. There are further conflicts that force more costly interventions on richer countries. Excessive consumption causes the depletion of natural resources and dramatically worsens condition of the environment. These problems are just a small part of a very long list of challenges facing the world today.

All films featured during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC are grouped in six categories:

  • KILOMETRES – close and far journeys;
  • FREE UKRAINE – the geographically closest conflict;
  • REFLECTION – meditations about the yesterday, today and tomorrow;
  • UNIQUE – unknown communities;
  • CHANGE – what is worth to work on;
  • IMPORTANT MISSION – superheroes of modernity.

This year, the jury will award three prizes: The Best Polish Film, The Best Foreign Film and Special Award for The Best Film Online.

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ festival.humandoc.pl (website in Polish language version only)

 

International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The HumanDOC film festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

X.PRINT #2 photobook festival

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

Taken from the Grimaces of the Weary Village series

-> Long-term photo strategies / long-term projects

The second edition of the photobook festival X.PRINT looks into the time-consuming activities related to the publication process. In the realm of a photo document, time is necessary for the rectification of initial assumptions, for changes of the original strategies of analysing the reality around us, for the construction of visual narratives about ever-changing issues or for attempts to account for reality on the basis of the many and varied personal relations, which photographers build consistently and consciously.

Such long-term documentary projects seem to naturally make use of the medium of the photo book. In the areas of edition, design and curatorial projects, the time we want to talk about, offers an opportunity for certain ideas to develop. This time assures distance.

Because of the time, the evaluation and interpretation of events (historical, from the realm of photography, exhibitions or art) acquire a new meaning by virtue of re-interpretation. We will therefore try to demonstrate such areas of the photobooks world which must take longer to hatch, at each stage: of picture-taking, edition and design.

New Brighton (England, UK) Taken from the The Last Resort series, 1983-85

New Brighton (England, UK)
Taken from The Last Resort series, 1983-85

The prime focus of the festival is a series of meetings connected with an exhibition of photographs by Martin Parr and Rimaldas Vikšraitis – The Real World.

Between November 14 and December 10, 2017, Arsenał Municipal Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition The Real World, grouping together photographs by Martin Parr (from The Last Resort and Small World series) with those by a Lithuanian author Rimaldas Vikšraitis (Grimaces of the Weary Village). The exhibition, originally prepared by Gintaras Česonis, a curator of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, has to date been shown in Kaunas, Vienna, Minsk, and Tbilisi. A juxtaposition of the works by Martin Parr, one of the most eminent contemporary photographers, a member of the Magnum Photos agency, publisher, collector and an authority on photobooks, with powerful, artistic works by Rimaldas Vikšraitis, who portrays the Lithuanian province, is a narrative which treats social everyday reality both personally and ruthlessly. Both authors will be the guests of the festival. On November 25 and 26, during meetings held at the Arsenał Municipal Gallery, they will talk about their work and will present selected publications.

It is during the meetings at Arsenał Municipal Gallery on November 25 and 26 that invited guests, distinguished representatives of Polish and European documentary photography, editors and curators, will talk about their own strategies of working on photography books and will hold small exhibits of their publications. Ten open meetings will be held on the festival weekend and will help confront the approaches represented by our guests, browse through their books, supposed to illustrate their artistic or editorial assumptions. These meetings will likewise help to compare methods of work on photo publications, the common denominator of all of which is a long-term analysis of a certain reality.

Venues of the festival:

More info and detailed programme of the festival @ pix.house/xprint-2017-eng

X.PRINT #2
@ Poznań (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017

The X.PRINT photobook festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Warsaw Photo Days 2017

© Valentyn Odnoviun

On November 17, Warsaw Photo Days festival organised by Warsaw division of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF will open under the theme POST SOVIETICUS. Sixteen exhibitions presenting the works of forty two authors will be shown in Warsaw galleries.

The theme of this year’s edition of the festival has been formulated for the presented photographic projects to serve as an artistic reference to the history and modernity of the post-Soviet countries. The traces of the past in both the people and places turned out to be an interesting area for artistic expression, but also an opportunity to present important historical photographs depicting the shape of the past world.

© Maciej Osiecki

The opening day will include a series of exhibitions in various locations in Warsaw, including:

  • Country on the Rise. 1960-89 @ Stara ZPAF Gallery & Obok Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq. Warsaw, Poland); opening at 6.00 PM
  • Roadtrip @ Nowe Miejsce Gallery (51/2 Jerozolimskie Av., Warsaw, Poland), opening at 7.00 PM
  • DEBUTS (edition 2017) @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland); opening at 8.00 PM

Tomasz i Marta 1012.05.19

The Open Programme exhibitions opening and announcement of the Grand Prix winner will take place @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland) at 8.00 PM.

Open Programme exhibitions include:

  • Alexander Anufriev (Russia) – New Moscow
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus) – Goodbye, Motherland
  • Andrei Nacu (Romania) – Encircled by the Motherland
  • Doina – Domenica Cojocaru (Romania) – Remnants
  • Irene Jonas (France) – The End of the Red Man
  • Jovana Mladenovic (Serbia) – Monumental Fear
  • Karol Pałka (Poland) – Building
  • Kirk Ellingham (United Kingdom) – Georgian Stranger
  • Lorraine Turci (France) – Pyramiden, Polar Epitaph of an Utopia
  • Masha Svyatogor (Belarus) – Kurasoushchyna, My Love
  • Tatyana Palyga (Russia) – Cherepovets
  • Triin Kerge (Estonia) – Kodukoht (Place of Home)
  • Urszula Janoszuk (Poland) – Vilnius Post Sovieticus: Autopresentation
  • Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania) – Surveillance

© Bartłomiej Maślak | DEBUTS (edition 2017)

Artist’s talks of photographers presented in pen Programme will take place on November 18 @ Stara Galeria ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland).

More details @ www.warsawphotodays.com

Warsaw Photo Days 2017
POST SOVIETICUS
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 17 – December 15, 2017

The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.