Poland is the result of 10-year-long work of Michał Szlaga. There are thousands of photographs that form a kind of diary of the photographer’s trip throughout the title country. At the second exhibition organised by IFF Gallery one could see 300 photographs taken by the artist.
The pictures included in the Poland series were taken occasionally, spontaneously, as if from a peeper’s perspective. In spite of taking pictures of his characters when they didn’t expect, Michał Szlaga’s intention neither was seeking for sensation nor ridiculing them; his intention was identifying some universal emotions in their gestures and facial expressions.
Contrary to the random selection of the presented images, they form an aesthetically coherent whole. On one hand, these seemingly coincidental images from a trip make up a story about Poland, on the other one – going beyond the documentary layer – they are a record of the search for beauty in the everyday life and banality.
Michał Szlaga observes Poland from a train perspective, from a car or as a common passerby – he hardly participates in events. Poland – as he sees it – is bittersweet: unleavened and kitschy but also self-ironic and absorbed in reflective contemplation.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the book of the same title, that is at the same time a publishing debut of the IFF Institute, whose purpose is to promote Polish photography.
Michał Szlaga (b. 1978) | based in Gdansk (Poland) | graduate from Photography and Intermedia at the Gdansk’s Academy of Fine Arts | known for his portrait and documentary projects | his works are in the collections of the Apollonia Association in Strasbourg, the Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the National Museum in Gdansk | has exhibited his photographs in Poland, Germany, France and Iran, among others | repeatedly awarded at prestigious national and international photo competitions.
Michał Szlaga – POLAND
@ IFF Gallery (Fort Mokotów, 99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 10 at 7.30 PM
Artist’s tours: February 11 and 12 at 2.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until April 9, 2017
The Michał Szlaga exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.