18th Edition of the Collector’s Photography

For Marilyn, Andy and America… (version B), 1998

For Marilyn, Andy and America… (version B), 1998

From classic still lives to three-dimensional photographic objects. The relationships between reality and photography or an object with its image will be the central theme of the 18th edition of the Collector’s Photography project titled THINGS: The Object in Polish Photography. The presented photographs will represent a variety of approaches to the theme – from documentary photography to conceptual ideas and photographic objects which take the traditionally flat photography into the 3D world, affording its whole new meaning. An important part of the exhibition will be works reflecting the problem of the materiality of photography. The title of this edition of the Collector’s Photography refers to a portfolio of works by Andrzej Kramarz in which he shows photographed items sold at one of Cracow’s flea markets. The spontaneously composed frames, one of which will be on display, make up a rich story about man and the human world.

The event will certainly surprise the viewer with the variety of techniques employed by the artists, the oldest ones of which include cartes de visite – portraits made by a method that highly popularised photography in the 19th century. The visiting cards, which depict distinguished Poles, including Jan Matejko, show how early photographers used props to add character to their portraits.

By nature, many processes yield unique photographic objects. The exhibition will feature techniques with roots that date back to the 19th century, but are used in a creative way by present-day artists, including a daguerreotype by Jarosław Klupś, a cyanotype by Marek Noniewicz, and a heliograph from the Green Glory series by Basia Sokołowska.  The collage, a favourite technique of the Dadaists, was employed successfully a century later by Jan Dziaczkowski and Mateusz Szczypiński.

An interesting group will be formed by works in which the artists experiment with the photographic medium. Joanna Zemanek alters her photographs reproduced on canvas with an iron, while Patrycja Orzechowska uses her own technique, which she refers as lunatype. Agnieszka Kozłowska’s photographs from the Carved by Light cycle are produced directly on a photopolymer panel, forming three-dimensional reliefs.

School Trip, 1994

School Trip, 1994

The exhibition will offer an insight into a variety of spatial forms created by photographic objects, including the masterful School Trip by Wojciech Prażmowski, who tells a story dating back to 1934, using a meticulously constructed object. The well-known image of Marilyn Monroe in a new interpretation by Krzysztof Cichosz, forms a multilayer lightbox. Meanwhile, Łódź Kaliska presents one of the ceramic tiles they used to create an installation in the lavatory of the Museum of Art in Łódź. Georgia Krawiec’s Agents from The Commission to Monitor More Difficult Matters series are photographic undercover agents fitted into the space of the gallery and recording anything that is going on in the exhibition room. A special relationship between the reality and photography is formed by the art of Grzegorz Przyborek, who himself constructs the objects he then photographs, creating artwork pairs, such as the featured Pilgrim.

January 1989: Alone with the Carpet. Taken from the ‘Photojournal or a Song about the End of the World’ series, 1989

January 1989: Alone with the Carpet. Taken from the ‘Photojournal or a Song About the End of the World’ series, 1989

Objects are also a central focus of documentary photography. The Alone with the Carpet photograph, taken by Anna Beata Bohdziewicz in 1989, comes from the Photojournal or a Song about the End of the World series, a long-term documentary record of both, the key moments in the history of Poland and of everyday life. Certainly the ‘automotive stories’ told by Bogdan Łopieński and Chris Niedenthal will be a sentimental surprise for some viewers.

Stone #3. Taken from the ‘Stones’ series, 2012/2017

Stone #3. Taken from the ‘Stones’ series, 2012/2017

In addition to the works of such classics as Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Edward Hartwig and Zofia Rydet, the exhibition will present modern interpretations of the relationship between an object and its representations by young-generation artists. With his picture from the E-słodowy series, Bownik reconstructs devices made by professional computer gamers, while Witek Orski investigates the relation between the eye, camera and the surface of the image in his photograph from the Stones triptych. In his collage from the recent cycle entitled The First March of Gentlemen, Rafał Milach presents a reflection with a political nature meant to activate the public.

Photographers featured during this edition of the Collector’s Photography: Janusz Bałdyga, Anna Beata Bohdziewicz, Bownik, Karolina Breguła, Krzysztof Cichosz, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Monika Drożyńska, Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Jan Dziaczkowski, Paweł Fabjański, Marek Gardulski, Maurycy Gomulicki, Nicolas Grospierre, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Edward Hartwig, Jarosław Klupś, Michał Korta, Jan Kosidowski, Eustachy Kossakowski, Agnieszka Kozłowska, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Georgia Krawiec, Józef Kuczyński, Kamil Kuskowski, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Andrzej Lachowicz, Jerzy Lewczyński, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Łódź Kaliska, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Marek Noniewicz, Wacław Nowak, Witek Orski, Patrycja Orzechowska, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Krzysztof Pijarski, Lech Polcyn, Wojciech Prażmowski, Krzysztof Pruszkowski (cd! #1), Grzegorz Przyborek (cd! #2), Józef Robakowski, Witold Romer, Andrzej Różycki, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Adam Rzepecki, Bronisław Schlabs, Jan Smaga, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Basia Sokołowska, Mateusz Szczypiński, Marek Szyryk, Andrzej Tobis, Zbigniew Tomaszczuk, Jerzy Truszkowski, Jerzy Wardak, Jerzy Wierzbicki, Krzysztof Wojciechowski, Stefan Wojnecki, Stanisław J. Woś, Krzysztof Zarębski, Joanna Zastróżna, Joanna Zemanek, Wiesław Zieliński and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

THINGS. THE OBJECT IN POLISH PHOTOGRAPHY
@ Krakow Photomonth Festival -> Starmach Gallery (5 Węgierska St., Cracow, Poland)
Opening reception: May 19 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 6, 2017

@ MYSIA 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
The exhibition will be open to the public between June 10 and 13, 2017
Auction: June 13 at 7.00 PM 

Accompanying events:

  • Hot to Collect Photographs – lecture by Gerry Badger
    @ Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (13 Matejko Sq., Cracow, Poland)
    May 26, 2017 at 7.00 PM
  • Expositions vol. 2. The Most Important Works in the History of Polish Photography from Public and Private Collections: Collection of the Museum of Art in Łódź – lecture by Lech Lechowicz
    @ MYSIA 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
    June 12, 2017 at 7.00 PM

The 18th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

The 15th Krakow Photomonth Festival

Taken from the Susan Lipper's 'Grapevine: 1988–1992' series. Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures

Taken from the Susan Lipper’s ‘Grapevine: 1988–1992′ series. Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures

Nothing is true and nothing is falseeverything is a possible true fiction or a deceptive fact, – this is how Gordon MacDonald, the curator of the main programme, writes on images presented during the Krakow Photomonth 2017 Festival, one of the Europe’s most important photographic events. The 15th, jubilee edition of the festival focuses on how photographers see and describe the world.

From the Outside, Looking In is a leitmotif of the festival’s main programme. Its focal point is the concept of a photographer as an observer. Starting from a spontaneous idea of examining a selected subject, the photographer enters into a somewhat closed world, looks in from the outside. It is his or her decision to which extent events can be observed, how deeply they can be penetrated, and how closely they can be examined. But even in the very middle, the artist is always separated from the scrutinised object by a camera. It is the device that records things; perception of the artist, and subsequently the viewers’, it is subject to his or her intellectual background and accumulated knowledge.

With the series of exhibitions that make up From the Outside, Looking In, I have taken the position that photography is always on the outside looking in,” – says Gordon MacDonald. – With photography, the genesis of a work is often spontaneous, instantaneous, and external. Regardless of the nuance of particular practice or mode, force a feeling of examination, rather than what is widely considered as a more lyrical dialogue within many other art-forms.”

The projects presented under the common title From the Outside, Looking In show us the world while simultaneously balancing between reality and fiction. In the images, nothing is true and nothing is fabricated. Everything is possible. Whether we believe the image, is our own will or decision, our ability to be empathic, or our knowledge of a given field.

Divisive Moments is an exhibition which will test our perception. It will show documents from UFO Photo Archives, poses a question if we are regularly visited by aliens, or we are victims of mass self-manipulation.

Stealth bomber. Atlantic City (NJ, USA). Taken from the Nina Berman's 'Homeland' series, 2007

Stealth bomber. Atlantic City (NJ, USA). Taken from the Nina Berman’s ‘Homeland’ series, 2007

Our comprehension is certainly manipulated by artists participating in The War From Here exhibition. They do not document individual war incidents we know from the news or photo reportages – they ask questions how we are connected with war. The presented images will make the viewers be closer to wars which are usually witnessed from a distance, will make them feel instead of just watch.

Taken from the Susan Lipper's 'Grapevine: 1988–1992' series. Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures

Taken from the Susan Lipper’s ‘Grapevine: 1988–1992′ series. Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures

Further, we will take a look at a history of a small town in West Virginia (USA) told by an American artist, Susan Lipper, through her Grapevine series. Although her pictures seem to fit in the conventional poetics of documentary photography, in fact, Lipper has abandoned the traditional approach allowing her models to play roles and create characters which could be – but not necessarily – identical with themselves.

Photograph of found object: PWN Encyclopedia. Taken from the Diana Lelonek's 'A New Archaeology for Liban and Płaszów' series, 2017.

Photograph of found object: PWN Encyclopedia. Taken from the Diana Lelonek’s ‘A New Archaeology for Liban and Płaszów’ series, 2017.

The work of Diana Lelonek – A New Archaeology for Liban and Płaszów – gives us an opportunity to contemplate the memory of sites and the stories told about ourselves by traces found by the artist in the area of the Liban quarry and a former concentration camp in Płaszów.

At the We Also Dance exhibition, Gordon MacDonald takes us on the journey to an extraordinary world of dance as a manifestation of freedom and an antidote to political and social control of minds and bodies.

Emma. Taken from the Sirkka Liisa Konttinen's  'Step by Step' series, 1982. © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Courtesy of the Amber & L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

Emma. Taken from the Sirkka Liisa Konttinen’s ‘Step by Step’ series, 1982. Courtesy of the Amber & L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

This year’s edition of the festival brings several novelties. In addition to the part of the programme prepared by curators, the festival allowed special space for Polish photography. The Things: The Object in Polish Photography exhibition, presented by Collector’s Photography, shows works of outstanding Polish artists of several generations, who present their individual approaches – from a document, to conceptual ideas and photographic objects – to this subject. Photography in its classical form will be shown on the exhibition of Andrzej Georgiew, re-introducing his work and re-discovering this outstanding artist, also in the context of his place in the history of Polish photography. And finally, we will find ourselves in the very middle of theatre events guided by Magda Hueckel.

Another, but of equal importance, part of Krakow Photomonth is the ShowOFF Section presenting premiere projects of young artists selected through an open competition.The open call of this year’s edition of the ShowOFF Section won: Terje Abusdal (Norway), Jan Cieślikiewicz (DEBUTS 2014; Poland), Polina Karpova (Ukraine), Lucie Khahoutian (Armenia), Flor Maesen (Belgium), Viacheslav Poliakov (Ukraine), Kaja Rata (DEBUTS 2015; Poland) and Karolina Wojtas (Poland).

The Portfolio Review organised during the Krakow Photomonth Festival gives the opportunity for its participants to have their works assessed by experts. The reviewers include, as each year, Polish and international critics, gallery owners, artists and theoreticians. During 20-minute individual sessions the review participants may listen to the reviewers’ opinions regarding their works and establish valuable contacts. The best portfolios receive a prestigious prize funded by the Griffin Art Space Foundation – Griffin Art Space Prize – whose aim is to promote interesting and mature art projects. The winner, selected from participants in the Portfolio Review, will be able to create a professional collector’s folder and present his/her work in the form of an exhibition.

Taken from the Edyta Jabłońska's 'For the Dear Aunt Hela, Maruś on a Walk in Garek' series

Taken from the Edyta Jabłońska’s ‘For the Dear Aunt Hela, Maruś on a Walk in Garek’ series

Accompanying events make an important part of the festival. The Krakow Photo Fringe is an independent platform bringing together submissions sent in by artists, animators, activists, galleries, and all those who are passionate about photography – including the final exhibition of DEBUTS (edition 2016). The success of the previous editions has led the organisers to expand the Photo Fringe to cover the entire Małopolska region. This year exhibitions and events will take place in Tarnów, Krzeszowice, Myślenice and other localities.

Particular attention should be also paid to the Masters Series. Invited artists and specialists will enrich the discussion around the theme of the festival and will talk about new trends in the world of photography. The program of events is filled out with book premieres, workshops, presentations, film screenings and curators walks.

More info @ photomonth.com

 

Krakow Photomonth 2017 Festival
@ Cracow (Poland)
May 19 - June 18, 2017

 

The Krakow Photomonth 2017 Festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

14th edition of Krakow Photomonth

 

One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989. Taken from the New Europe series. © Paul Graham Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA)

One armed man. Madrid (Spain), 1989.
Taken from the New Europe series.
© Paul Graham
Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (USA).

Crisis? What Crisis?! is the main theme of the 14th edition of Krakow Photomonth, Europe’s leading photography festival, starting on May 12 in Cracow (Poland). The Main Program, curated by Lars Willumeit (German curator and cultural anthropologist), tries to present crisis not as a transitional phase or an anomaly, but as a characteristic trait of everyday life, a permanent state with which we must cope in practically all spheres of our lives: private, public and global. Political, economic, environmental and migration crises concern us to the same degree as crises of identity, trust, and “individuality” in the globalised world.

Nor has the crisis bypassed photography which, in our epoch of overproduction of images, is trying to find its place. The constantly changing media landscape has forced photographers – journalists, reporters and artists – to turn to new forms of communication with the viewer and creative use of source materials.

“The exhibitions presented during Krakow Photomonth, each alluding in their own way to global, social and political problems, have their own stakes in telling of the problems of the contemporary world; they are reflections upon the function of photography,” – says Lars Willumeit.

Deposit

Deposit

The artists invited to take part in the festival use a range of strategies to address these phenomena and to comment on them. The list opens with world-famous photographer Paul Graham, whose New Europe project has become remarkably prescient in the face of the all-too-evident crisis of “European values.” A wider global perspective comes courtesy of Swiss artist Yann Mingard who draws from the notion of the Anthropocene – the first geological epoch in history which has come about through human intervention. His project Deposit, completed between 2009 and 2013, makes visible how humankind collects, stores and classifies both biological specimens and digital information that are usually hidden from public view. To enable this, Mingard brought back images from twenty-one locations, dividing them into four sub-chapters: Plants, Animals, Humans and Data.

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014. © Aneta Grzeszykowska Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland)

Selfie #18b by Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2014.
© Aneta Grzeszykowska
Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw (Poland).

Another, private perspective is adopted by outstanding Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska in whose work we find themes of incompatibility of individuals and roles played by human bodies. This exhibition will be displayed at MOCAK where we will also have a chance to see a rising star of world photography, the youngest Magnum nominee in the agency’s history, Max Pinckers. The project presented during this year’s festival is a story about love – of the star-crossed sort, as it is forbidden by the Indian caste culture – and universal aspirations to show happiness. The artist pairs his photographs with newspaper clippings, notes, and artefacts from wedding photography studios, which might be seen as an attempt to go beyond the crisis of classical documentary photography.

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.  Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series. © Max Pinckers

Rajnish & Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter. Undisclosed location, India, 2013.
Taken from the Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty series.
© Max Pinckers

The search for new forms of visual narrative in the era of the crisis of visual media is the main motif of a collective exhibition curated by Iris Sikking. The six projects presented here take on such difficult subjects as the heroin trade, genocide and migration; they are linked by a desire to go beyond a classical way of telling global histories, which the artists acknowledge to be insufficient. Here photographs on a wall are just as adequate form of response as a radio broadcast, a YouTube film or illustrations from an archive. The #Dysturb Collective speaks directly about the crisis in journalism, using the walls of buildings and advertising media to force Cracow’s inhabitants to face “street news” that seldom appears in newspaper headlines.

The strong showing of photography collectives is a notable feature of this year’s Photomonth with exhibitions of such groups as Sputnik Photos (Poland), Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt (Sweden), Werker Magazine (the Netherlands/Spain) and Discipula (Italy).

Program of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth also includes ShowOFF section with exhibitions of young artists selected through an open competition. This year’s winners include: Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti, Weronika Gęsicka, Katarzyna Hoffmann, Krzysztof Racoń, Constantin Schlachter, Michał Siarek, Kacper Szalecki and Justyna Wierzchowiecka.

As always, the festival is accompanied by such events as:

  • Portfolio Review, providing an opportunity for young artists to submit their works to outstanding reviewers, with exhibition of the 2015 Griffin Art Space Prize for the best portfolio – Wiktoria Wojciechowska (DEBUTS 2014);
  • Master Series meetings with both, the artists presenting their work in the Main Program and specialists to enrich the discussion around the theme of the festival or to speak of the ongoing fashion for photobooks;
  • Krakow Photo Fringe, an independent platform bringing together submissions sent in by artists, animators, activists, galleries, and all those whose passion is photography, including exhibition laureates of the DEBUTS (edition 2015) in andel’s Hotel Cracow.

The program of events is also filled out with book premieres, workshops, presentations, film screenings and guided tours by the curators.

Poppy  by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

Poppy by Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong (press materials)

But the first exhibition of the 2016 Krakow Photomonth will take place in… Warsaw’s Dom Słowa Polskiego (11 Miedziana St., Warsaw, Poland) already on April 23. The Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong’s Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin presentation will be open to the public until May 3 and is a teaser for the festival.

2016 Krakow Photomonth
Crisis? What Crisis?!
Cracow (Poland)
May 12 – June 12, 2016

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