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.
“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.”
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.
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).
The exhibition will be open to the public until March 3, 2017
The Piotr Zbierski exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The Contemporary Overview of Alternative and Archaic Photo Techniques exhibition is a collection of unique works by Polish and foreign photographers, created according the 19th century photographic recipes. Most of the recipes, the presented works are created according to, was the result of the efforts of very many experimenting photographers supported by chemists and pharmacists.
Among the pictures there are photos being a kind of continuation of pictorialism, the trend initiated in the photographic art after 1890, as well as works presenting their authors’ innovative approach to fine art photography.
In addition to its artistic values, the exposition also has educational and historical advantages, referring to the legacy of Polish and foreign photographers from the turn of the 19th century. It gives the possibility of re-discovery, continuity and preservation of old traditional photographic methods, involving the creation of their authors’ own unique works on the borderline of graphic and photography.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture of Professor Andrzej Pytliński about old photographic techniques.
Photographers: Massimo Attardi (Italy), Martina Biccheri (Italy), Misha Burlatsky (Russia), Jakub Byrczek (Poland), Tomasz Dembny (Poland), Krzysztof Dobrowolski (Poland), Henrik Fauro (Germany), Marek Gardulski (Poland), Łukasz Gietka (Poland), Grzegorz Gorczyński (Poland), Milos Kral (Slovakia), Roman Kravchenko (Ukraine), Piotr Kwasiżur (Poland), Ewa Kutylak (Poland), Lech Lipiec (Poland), Janusz Marynowski (Poland), Roman Michalik (Poland), Aleksander Mitka (Poland), Tomasz Mościcki (Poland), Greg Ostrowski (Poland), Robert Pawłowski (Poland), Maciej Plewiński (Poland), Konrad Pollesch (Poland), Krzysztof Pruszkowski (cd! #1; Poland), Andrzej Pytliński (Poland), Janusz Sochacki (Poland), Marcin Szwaczko (Poland), Wiesław Szymaniak (Poland), Ricky Tomar (India), Carina Wachsmann (Germany), Zbigniew Wielgosz (Poland), Andrzej Wiktor (Poland), Maciej Wojtak (Poland) and Renata Zarzyka (Poland).
CONTEMPORARY OVERVIEW OF ALTERNATIVE AND ARCHAIC PHOTO TECHNIQUES
@ DCF ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankiera Sq., Wrocław, Poland)
Grand opening: May 12 at 6:00 PM
Prof. Andrzej Pytliński’s lecture: May 12 at 5:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 4, 2016
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Contemporary Austrian photography will be welcomed at the DCF ‘Roman House’ very soon. The Witnesses of the Times – Photography in Austria After 1945 exhibition has been prepared within the framework of the 150th anniversary of the oldest photographic association of German-speaking geographical area – Photographische Gesellschaft – established in Vienna by Anton Georg Martin on March 22, 1861. The works have been selected by Horst Stasny, world-famous photographer, and Prof. Ph.D. Werner Sobotka, President of the association.
The curators of the exhibition wanted to show the images in a different way. The exhibited pictures are not shown linearly but thematically. Their intention was to present the multidimensionality of photography. The exhibition tries to catch the viewer’s attention and keep it by presenting controversial images one next to another.
As Ph.D. Werner Sobotka emphasises, photographers are witnesses of times, and in this case – of one whole generation, the whole era. 65 years of photography has been documented by over a hundred most significant Austrian photographers. This is a particular mix of the old and the new, press photography, portraits and many, many more, that lets the viewers have a look at the era.
The exhibition consists of both, classic B&W portraits and reportage photos as well as contemporary creations using the latest digital techniques. There are works by such artists as photojournalist and portrait photographer Inge Morath, documentary photographer Erich Lessing or perfoming photographer Heinz Cibulka, among others.
Photographische Gesellschaft brings together personalities from the world of art and science, forming an organisation which aims to support photography as art and science as well as a means of communication in a large sense of the word, together with other disciplines and techniques related to the photography.
Photographische Gesellschaft – WITNESSES OF THE TIMES – PHOTOGRAPHY IN AUSTRIA AFTER 1945
@ DCF ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankiera Sq., Wrocław, Poland)
Grand opening: April 21 at 3:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until May 7, 2016
Upcoming exhibition at the DCF ‘Roman House’ is a post-mortem presentation of works by Aleksander Zieliński. The exhibition consists of different kind of works, including reportage, street art, documentary and conceptual photography.
“Brought up in the shadow of camera, Aleksander Zieliński photographed almost since childhood. His attention was directed primarily at human, the meaning and way of life, salvation and enhancement of freedom and uniqueness. And it emanates from his photographs“ - Zofia Gebhard writes about his works.
Aleksander Zieliński works are full of love to freedom, human uniqueness and rebellion against oppressive system. They notice paradoxes of surrounding reality. Here photography is a tool recording events as well as a way to create original artistic visions and worlds.
Aleksander Zieliński (1983-2013) | photographer, mathematician, computer scientist and cyber-activist | claimed to be a mono-media artist | won several awards and honourable mentions at photo contests | collaborated with Indymedia Poland | exhibited his works in Poland, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Aleksander Zieliński – ALEX 1983-2013
DCF ‘Roman House’ (8 Bishop Nankier Sq., Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: May 29 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until June 27, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.
Cartier Bresson believed that the decisive moment – when we press the shutter – is the most important factor in the photography. But when Krzysztof Miller pressed the shutter, there was no decisive moment. If dying of starvation children from the Hutu tribe or a Russian soldier sitting on a combat transporter and celebrating with champagne a victory in front of the Palace of Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev, or a drunk cyclist on the Warsaw-Siedlce road are decisive moments? Surely not but they really happened, and Miller was there and took pictures of them. Just in those indecisive about anything moments which never should have happened. But they happened. Neither they have changed anything, nor have decided about anything. The dying of hunger frail-bodied Hutu children haven’t put on weight. The drunk cyclist kept on riding along the busy road. And the Russian soldiers didn’t stop on the offensive in front of the Dudayev’s Palace.
Miller is not and does not want to be Bresson. There is no great philosophy in his photography. It is not fully clear, who is Miller. Nor we know what his photographs are. It could be argued – the testimony, illustration, document. Probably all of them. After having visited the exhibition, which is a summary of his achievements, everyone will find their own opinion.
Krzysztof Miller (b. 1962) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a 16-time champion of Poland in jumping from the diving board and tower | a photojournalist of Gazeta Wyborcza (since 1989) | photographed almost all armed conflicts in the world and historical events of the last 25 years | a juror at the 2000 World Press Photo contest | author of the book 13 wars and one. The true story of a war reporter (Znak, 2013).
Krzysztof Miller – Indecisive Moment
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: April 2 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 25, 2015.
Krzysztof Miller’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
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Four Years, Three Months, Six Days – this is a title of the next exhibition in Wroclaw’s ‘Roman House’ whose protagonist is the father of Magdelena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska (doc! #24). The title refers to the time which will have passed since his death by the exhibition opening day.
The exhibition will consist of pictures from three series: Dad, I Just Miss my Husband. Meeting with Widows and Dad (2015). The first one is a personal record of transitory moments, which the photographer spent with terminally ill father in the last months of his life. The second series is a set of portraits of women who try to find themselves after the loss of their husbands. It starts with a photo of the artist’s mother. Presented for the first time Dad (2015) series is a set of pictures that were also taken during the father’s illness but their tone is much more cheerful. As the author says: “I created something, which to me is a combination of family album and diary without words. About the man to whom I owe so much. Life.”
Although extremely personal, the exhibition is narrated in such a way that it becomes universal. It perfectly captures emotions of someone who is faced with a terminal illness of a loved one, then with death, and finally has to learn to live with a feeling of emptiness and absence. The final stage includes acceptance of the loss and searching for the good and happy moments in the memory. It is the stage where Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska is.
Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska – Four Years, Three Months, Six Days
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: February 26 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 28, 2015.
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