Piotr Zbierski @ FOTO-GEN Gallery

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Wrocław based FOTO-GEN Gallery, previously known as DCF “Roman House”, will host a unique and multifaceted photo exhibition of Piotr Zbierski (doc! #8 & cd! #5), 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 revers to the roots, to that what was before the image.

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“I am most interested 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 spices 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, blurring the “momentary” states of things.

The exhibition is accompanied by an identically titled book containing about 150 photographs by Piotr Zbierski as well as inspired 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
@
FOTO-GEN Gallery (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland)
Opening reception: Febraury 10 at 6.00 PM
Curatorial tour and artist’s talk: February 11 at 12.00 PM 

The exhibition will be open to the public until March 3, 2017

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

Przemek Dzienis @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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The landscape is a source of many inspirations for photography. It results from humans’ need to document their world around as well as historic relationships between this medium and painting. Up to the 1970s these relations had been stormy: full of mutual reproaches and animosities, they were connected with attempts to develop new solutions for common heritage.

Przemek Dzienis’ works, shown at the Leica Gallery Warsaw, are an excellent example of the latest period for these historic relations. The landscapes created by the artist with his camera, captivate with their minimalism and abstract painterly gestures which is used to put colourful spots. As canvas, Dzienis uses snow, delicate and surprising in its texture. It almost entirely fills the frames.

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Przemek Dzienis’ previous projects are different from this one: “I was fed up with that commercial work in Warsaw, with the rush, crowds, so I left. I was looking for peace and quiet. I found the colour in a monochrome winter,” he says.

The Pureview series combines skilful compilation of snowy landscape’s details with photographs in which the mountain peaks are more visible. In this way, the series combines elements of abstraction and classic landscape. This introduced balance, together with the polluted white surface of each image, makes the viewer difficulty in identifying which landscapes they deal with.

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Dzienis’ interference in a naturally formed image by adding colours causes associations with the heritage of broadly defined land art, whose main processing material was natural space and other installations could last only thanks to photographs. Przemek’s painterly gesture reopens the definition of photography as painting with light, that was promoted by one of its pioneers – Talbot. However, the most important is here the colour clashed with the landscape. Besides his interest in the landscape as such and work outside the studio, a new element in Przemek Dzienis’ works is their spaciousness. As a result, some of the flat photographs hanging on the walls of the gallery begin to take the shape of 3D objects.

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Przemek Dzienis (b. 1984) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Photography faculty | has presented his works at individual and collective exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

Przemek Dzienis – PUREVIEW
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 9 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 10 and March 26, 2017

The Przemek Dzienis exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Press Photo Expo 2017

A horse fair is held on the first day of the Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s most unusual and oldest street festivals. It takes place in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, and it runs annually for three days beginning on August 10. It is a sort of organised chaos and it is hard to see a pattern in it. However the people involved know exactly what’s going on. Deals are done the old way with hands shaken to seal the bargain. It is like a brief glimpse into the past as nowadays few animals are sold this way in Ireland. Killorglin, Co. Kerry (Ireland), 2015
Taken from the Horse Fair – Puck Fair series

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.

The underground in Warsaw is a temporary place where people hide from the world outside…
Taken from the Underground People series

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.

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

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.
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)

  • 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.
Handicraft

Handicraft

  • 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.

Nightshots, 2003

Nightshots, 2003

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.

Park, 2016. 165 x 240 cm, Keramik-Fliesen. Courtesy of Alex Grein

Park, 2016. 165 x 240 cm, Keramik-Fliesen. Courtesy of Alex Grein

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.

Face Time Facetime - Real Time Realtime

Face Time Facetime – Real Time Realtime

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.

Three chairs. Paris (France), 1937

Three chairs. Paris (France), 1937

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.

Will McBride

Will McBride

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

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.

© Piotr Zbierski_01

“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.”

© Piotr Zbierski_02

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.

© Piotr Zbierski_04

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.

Tomasz Stańko @ NEY Gallery&Prints

© Wojciech Kukla

The next exhibition at the NEY Gallery&Prints – Wild Years of the 1980s –  will be about Tomasz Stańko, one of “the most original and innovative jazz trumpeters in the world” (as The New Yorker weekly writes about him). The exhibition will present photographs by Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Andrzej Tyszko and Wojciech Kukla.

“The exhibition is devoted to the wild years of the 1980s. That was the time of freedom, jazz, moments of oblivion. Wojciech Kukla was a colleague of Lakis (Anthimos Apostolis). We were together in Kraków then and spent time talking on art, exchanging views, playing and having a great time together. Wojtek really accurately illustrated those days in his photos – very personal and romantic. He recorded those wild days of my life,” – says Tomasz Stańko.

While the photographers recall him saying:

© Krzysztof Gierałtowski

“I took a picture of Tomasz Stańko in the middle of the 1980s for a poster of PAGART. Apparently he liked the poster because he asked for more photographs. If I had only been physically strong enough, I should have taken pictures of him from the perspective of sounds coming out from his instrument, while hanging over him,” - Krzysztof Gierałtowski.

“Tomasz Stańko is one of the few European jazz musicians accepted in the USA. No matter where he is from, what matters is how he plays – and he plays brilliantly. He has made his name a tremendous success in the world as a jazz musician, which confirms his universal talent,” - Ryszard Horowitz.

© Andrzej Tyszko

“I got to know Tomasz Stańko and took the first picture of him in 1982. Since then we have had a countless number of individual sessions. Each of them was a challenge for me. I always tried to take a unique picture, different from the previous ones. Tomasz is a very interesting and pleasant ‘object’ for photographing and his understanding of the world and reality is extremely inspiring. I am proud and happy that Tomasz gave me his trust and friendship that had and still  have an impact on my work and life,” – Andrzej Tyszko.

WILD YEARS OF THE 1980S
Tomasz Stańko in the lens of Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Wojciech Kukla and Andrzej Tyszko
@ NEY Gallery&Prints (5 Spokojna St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 3 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until February 19, 2017

The Wild Years of the 1980s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

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).

The second festival category – Unfinished Stories – consists of the films that draw attention to the social divisions leading to wars or which appear as a result of them, that determine functioning of society for years thus bringing peace back often seems to be impossible. Wars are still in people’s minds for a long time after their ending: Unforgiven: Rwanda (directed by Lukas Augustin, Germany/Rwanda 2014, 75 min), State of Mind (directed by Daria Lipko, Poland 2016, 53 min).

The third festival category – Personalities – will present common people facing serious choices, observing changes in their direct reality or struggling with the severity of the place  they came to live: Monk of the Sea (directed by Rafał Skalski, Poland 2016, 68 min), Anoranza (directed by Flo Flamme, Belgium 2016, 71 min) and 24 Snow (directed by Mikhail Barynin, Russia 2016, 90 min).

The two remaining festival categories focus on problems of today’s Africa – Their Africa – and America – Unknown America. The first one consists of 4 films: 2 Girls (directed by Marco Speroni, Italy 2016, 52 min), The Other Kids (directed by Pablo de la Chica, Spain 2016, 84 min), Ghost People (directed by Marek Kłosowicz and Martyna Wojciechowska, Poland 2014, 45 min), Small People. Big Trees (directed by Vadim Vitovtsev, Russia 2016, 45 min), while the second one – three: Unbranded (directed by Philip Baribeau, USA 2015, 106 min), Gold Fever (directed by  J.T. Haines,  Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Canada/Guatemala/USA 2013, 83 min) and Cartel Land (directed by Matthew Heineman, Mexico/USA 2015, 99 min).

Besides the films, the festival offers the viewers a chance of active participation in inspiring meetings, debates and workshops. Between presentations, they will have the opportunity to talk to Polish and foreign directors, well-known experts and activists. The participation has been confirmed by Mikhail Barynin, Piotr Brysacz, Pablo de la Chica, Artur Domosławski, Flo Flamme, Sean McAllister, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Marco Speroni, among others. The guests of the festival will also have an opportunity to improve their skills at filmmaking workshops run by two artists repeatedly awarded for their social and film activity – Lukas and Salome Augustin.

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.

Single Shot @ IFF Gallery

© Anita Andrzejewska

The Single Shot exhibition, presenting works of thirty Polish contemporary photographers, aims to show the relationship between the photographer, picture and its description. All photographs have only one thing in common – there is a story behind each of them, a story on the photographer and on what is in front of him – what is in front of the camera. The exhibition reveals contexts and the stories hidden behind the pictures. How did they come into being? What was hidden? What inspired the creation of this photo? What is in the photo?

“There may appear a tension, dissonance between the picture and the text, which demands solution,” - says Krzysztof Miękus, curator of the exhibition. – But the text and the picture belong to different records and it is not easy to solve this dissonance. When there is a conflict between them, we start to juggle with included in them meanings and hidden symbols to set them in one line in order to harmonise them. Such an attempt is often destined to fail.” 

The Single Shot exhibition opens the Institute of Photography Fort’s Gallery located in a renovated industrial building from the 1950s. The gallery goal is to present the works of established artists as well as introduce new talents and support their artistic development.

“We want this space to meet the expectations of both, collectors of photography and those for whom photography is still unfathomable field of art,” – says Olga Łacna, President of the IFF Foundation acting to support and promote Polish photography.

© Bart Pogoda

Artists: Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1), Robby Cyron (doc! #10), Kuba Dąbrowski, Przemek Dzienis, Paweł Fabjański, Mariusz Forecki, Jacek Fota, Dominika Gęsicka (doc! #26), Paweł Jaszczuk (doc! #29/30), Monika Kmita, Jacek Kołodziejski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Diana Lelonek, Michał Łuczak, Igor Omulecki, Maciej Nabrdalik (doc! #15), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Adam Pańczuk (doc! #15), Jacek Piotrowski, Bart Pogoda, Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Maksymilian Rigamonti (doc! #1), Michał Siarek, Filip Skrońc (doc! #22), Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Michał Szlaga, Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21), Magda Wunsche and Łukasz Ziętek.

The gallery opening will be accompanied by photographic workshops for children aged from 7 to 13. Their detailed programme and more information on the foundation is available on instytutfotografiifort.org.pl.

SINGLE SHOT
@ IFF Gallery (Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: November 25 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 26 and January 22, 2017