Un-Posed @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Tymon Markowski | Un-Posed

Not posing and not setting a photo is a basic principle of street photography. The photographer must observe, see what others do not see. There are also such, who almost anticipate facts, knowing in advance what will happen next. For most street shots you also need some luck.

Unposed is the title of a group exhibition of the Un-Posed collective, the most recognisable Polish collective of street photography. The presentation at the Leica 6×7 Gallery will be an opportunity to see the best of the latest pictures of street photography that Un-Posed made in their new team (after the reactivation in 2016). The collection consists of 76 small-format photos, arranged in a special way, including the pictures that neither have been published nor exhibited before. It is their another presentation at the Leica 6×7 Gallery (the first one, titled Street Games, took place in 2016). The Un-Posed members have also been multiple winners and, over time, they became jurors of the Leica Street Photo competition, organised by the gallery.

© Maciej Dakowicz | Un-Posed

The Un-Posed collective was established in 2011 on the initiative of Damian Chrobak. The aim of this group is to develop creativity as well as visual awareness of public space and to promote the achievements of Polish street photographers. Although all the members of the collective are active in the same area of interests, each of them has an individual, distinct style, which proves the complexity and potential inherent in street photography. The collective’s photographs have been exhibited in the galleries of Warsaw, Lublin, Wrocław, Berlin (during the European Month of Photography) as well as within Eastreet’s and Street Photography Now’s international projects.

© Ania Kłosek | Un-Posed

Photographers: Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), Maciej Dakowicz (doc! #12), Jamie Fyson Howard (doc! #16), Ania Kłosek (doc! #25), Monika Krzyszkowska (DEBUTS 2015), Tomasz Kulbowski, Tymon Markowski, Marta Rybicka (DEBUTS 2016), Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31).

Un-Posed – UNPOSED
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: May 31 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 18, 2017

The Un-Posed exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Paweł Żak @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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“Photographic still life is a double death of a thing.” However, Paweł Żak’s exhibition will be salvation. We will see the perfectly presented reality, shown surprisingly abstractively. A glass of vodka, flowers and a skull just make a seemingly weird set. Yet, in Paweł Żak’s photographic work they make a story. It is also easy to find some reference to Dutch masters of painting there.

Still life is a classic when it comes to visual arts. Sets of static elements put together for compositional purposes, and sometimes for symbolic ones too. Not large, still items are willingly used by painters, but there are definitely fewer photographers interested in this kind of artistic expression. There are very few such masters, who create whole series of still life. No doubt, Paweł Żak is one of them. The artist has been working in this trend for 25 years, constantly amazing the viewer with successive series.

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His next exhibition will consist of the latest works of the cycle that started in 2008. The works put under one title Core Curriculum and Other Still Lifes unveil Paweł Żak as the mature, minimalistic and (this time) extremely reserved artist. Digitally made images attract attention with their severity and sharpness. Simultaneously, they captivate with minimalism and abstraction.

These photographs are elaborated in every detail. They take the beginning on paper in the form of precise sketches that are then recorded with apothecary accuracy by millions of photodiodes that are selected in the way to make the viewer see what the artist wanted to show on a 1:1 scale. There is no space for mistakes, all the photos are one frame, in which Żak interferes only to the extent that photographic film allows him to.

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As far as technically there is no room for inaccuracy, visually the images captivate with their ambiguity. One-colour background, spotlessly white and perfectly ironed tablecloth, common to all of the pictures, make the viewer concentrated on the presented items. The items, taken out of time and space, are here and now, in one and unchangeable situation, which, in spite of that, gives you a field for interpretation. And this is the sense of still life.

The exhibition opening will also be the release of the And Other Still Lifes album that consists of photographs taken by Paweł Żak since 2008.

© Paweł Żak_01

Paweł Żak (b. 1965) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | studied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw | graduate from the Academy of Fine Art in Poznan (Multimedia Communication Faculty) | lectures in Photography at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Photojournalism and ZPAF School of Photography | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers | presented his works at dozens of group and individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad | his works are in collections of National Library of France in Paris, National Museum in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Łódź, and in private collections in Poland, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, and the USA | his photographs have been published by many magazines, including contra doc! (cd! #1 & #6).

Paweł Żak – CORE CURRICULUM AND OTHER STILL LIFES
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: March 31 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 1 and May 28, 2017

The Paweł Żak 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.

© Przemek Dzienis_02

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.

© Przemek Dzienis_03

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.

© Przemek Dzienis_01

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.

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.

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“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.”

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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 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.

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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
@ 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.

Ilona Szwarc @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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In her latest project – I am a Woman and I Feast on Memory –  Ilona Szwarc is both, the subject and the object of directed by herself narrative. She reaches the tools of performance and simultaneously makes photographic documentation of the show.

© Ilona Szwarc_002

In all parts of the triptych, Ilona Szwarc step by step manipulates her own image, using her stand-in, an actress from Boston selected in casting. These carefully constructed photographs complicate the notion of portrait and self-portrait. At first, by film close-ups on drawings and paintings on the face of the model, she presents her as an old woman, and then – by a few colourful and abstract strokes – transforms her into a swollen lady. The series of photos ends with an androgynous and grotesque view of the model face, resulting in something like a contemporary veraicon of the artist double.

© Ilona Szwarc_003

The exhibition is accompanied by a set of three books by Ilona Szwarc.

Ilona Szwarc (b.1984) | based in Los Angeles (CA, USA) | graduate of Photography at the Yale University in New Haven (CT, USA) and School of Visual Arts in New York City (NY, USA) | her work focuses on problems of female identity in the contemporary cultural context | laureate of the 2013 World Press Photo contest and participant of the Joop Swart Masterclass (2014) | her pictures have been presented at individual and group exhibitions (in France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and in the USA) and published all over the world by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Telegraph Magazine and doc! photo magazine (doc! #7), among others.

Ilona Szwarc – I AM A WOMAN AND I FEAST ON MEMORY
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia st., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: October 28 at 7.00 PM
Artist talk: November 3 at 6.30 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 29 and December 11, 2016

The Ilona Szwarc’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Wacław Wantuch @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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Wacław Wantuch (cd! #1) is a legendary person. He is the most recognisable contemporary photographer of “absolute beauty” – the female nude. A sculptor who uses light instead a chisel. The author of over seventy exhibitions and three bestselling albums, representing the Polish canon of black-and-white nude of the 21st century. His next exhibition – Platinum – shows his sensitivity not only to the beautiful shape of the body, but also to the personality and context. He invites the sun light to his studio, accepting its changeability, playing with and making it a co-author of his photographs. He focuses on what is in the shadow. It turns out that what is hardly seen, can be most impressive.

© Wacław Wantuch_02

The Platinum exhibition is unusual in its form as well as in content. The photographs presented there are the effect of some years of the photographer’s experiments with the noblest photographic technique of prints – platinotype. Before the World War I it was one of the most popular methods of making prints. Some time later, it was replaced with silver technology – easier and cheaper. However, platinum prints are characterised by unusual vividness. Gentle, full of tonal gradations, unreachable in any other process, combined with natural and warm colours, all of these give the pictures their unique atmosphere. Durability and stability of the chemical processes, that occur during the proper developing of platinum prints, are termed as endless. Moreover, each print is unrepeatable. There is no the same print. The photographs are exposed on handmade paper, supplied by the paper factory founded in the days of Gutenberg.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Platinum album, containing an extended set of photographs and conversations with Wacław Wantuch about his transformation from a sculptor to the photographer of the nude and about challenges posed by the platinotype.

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Wacław Wantuch (b. 1965) | based in Kraków (Poland) | artist-photographer and writer | mainly creates female nudes | graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków | author of  the book Wawel Stone? (original title Kamień wawelski?; Castor, Kraków, 1992) and photography albums Nudes (original title” Akty; Bosz Publishing, Olszanica, 2010), Nude and Nude 2 (original titles: Akt and Akt 2; Bosz Publishing, Olszanica, 2006) | has exhibited internationally.

Wacław Wantuch – PLATINUM
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia Str., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: September 15 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 16 and October 23, 2016
Artist talk: September 16 at 6.00 PM

The Wacław Wantuch’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Bruce Gilden @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

Terry. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines (IA, USA), 2014

Terry. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines (IA, USA), 2014

Bruce Gilden’s American Made exhibition consists of dozens of portraits, small towns’ landscapes and still life made between 2013 and 2014 in the American countryside on the occasion of state fairs, picnics and other events organised in the western and southern states of the USA. In his interview for the S Magazine (#7, spring 2016) he talked about the beginnings of this project:

“The state fairs are traditional American summer events in the form of picnics. Since the 19th century, residents of particular states come to the fairground around their capital cities to meet friends, have fun and have a drink. My first fair was Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, to where I went in August 2013 to take pictures for the ‘Postcards from America’ project. It was like a godsend: 1,012,552 visitors in 11 days! I took lots of good pictures and I thought it would be a good thing to carry on. In the next months of 2013 and throughout the summer of 2014, I used to go from one picnic to another: Mississippi State Fair, then Ohio, Iowa and Minnesota, visited by 150,000 people every day! Some of the events were more interesting than others, but it was never boring there.“ 

In the Bottoms neighbourhood. Columbus (OH, USA), 2014

In the Bottoms neighbourhood. Columbus (OH, USA), 2014

Bruce Gilden has been hunting with his camera along the streets of New York City for decades. His B&W street photographs draw their strength from the immediacy with which their author approaches his characters. As he says: “I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get.” Such approach led him to the Magnum Photos agency and made him famous.

David. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines (IA, USA), 2014

David. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines (IA, USA), 2014

Gilden worked exclusively on B&W film for four decades. But recently he has started to use colour. His latest project results from that artistic catharsis and proves transformation of his work from the street photography to documentary portrait photography. With his American Made series, he carries on his monumental reportage based project on the contemporary United States, asking questions about the condition of America and veracity of its image, searching for what is left of the great American dream.

The variety of faces by Gilden confirms the fundamental truth: the world does not consists of winners only; there are lots of different things we would rather not know up close. But it is just this diversity of characters, attitudes, places that makes the life so fascinating. The world in Gilden’s photographs is not that retouched one from soap opera or illustrated magazine. The people from his photos are neither beautiful nor spotless. Their houses, cars, their food and lifestyle are not the ideal of the West. But these images are unforgettable, they force us to reflect on how the modern civilisation imprints its mark on us.

Britney Mey at the Minnesota State Fair. Minneapolis (MN, USA), 2014

Britney Mey at the Minnesota State Fair. Minneapolis (MN, USA), 2014

Bruce Gilden (b. 1946) | based in New York City (NY, USA) | a member of the legendary Magnum Photos agency (since 1998) | known for photographing unusual people, far from any canons | has received numerous awards and recognitions all over the world | one of the most recognisable American photographers.

Bruce Gilden – AMERICAN MADE
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: June 23 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between June 24 and August 28, 2016

The Bruce Gilden exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Sandro Miller @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

 

Diane Arbus’ Identical Twins. Roselle (NJ, USA; 1967) © Sandro Miller, 2014

Diane Arbus’ Identical Twins. Roselle (NJ, USA; 1967)
© Sandro Miller, 2014

John Malkovich is one of the best actors of the contemporary cinema, who does not need any special introduction. The actor likes to astound with his subsequent creations. So there is no wonder that it was him whom Sandro Miller proposed participation in his project. This cooperation resulted in an unique Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage To Photographic Masters series, inspired by the most outstanding portrait photographs of the 20th century. They were carefully “recreated” or rather played again. The light, frame, stylisation and emotions followed the outstanding prototypes but all the main roles were acted by John Malkovich. He flawlessly portrayed Che Guevara, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, John Lennon and even famous twins by Diane Arbus and Marilyn Monroe herself.

Andy Warhol’s Green Marilyn (1962) © Sandro Miller, 2014

Andy Warhol’s Green Marilyn (1962)
© Sandro Miller, 2014

Sandro Miller’s project is complex. On one hand, it reminds of those great works of the last century and pays a tribute to its creators, while on the other – it is a kind of story about the essence of acting and incorporating a role as well as about John Malkovich himself. Unintentionally we refer to the famous film Being John Malkovich (1999).

The exhibition consists of 35 colour and black & white works (including two quadriptychs) of different format, techniques and fitting, inspired by works of Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange,  Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Anne Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Alberto Korda, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill Brandt, Carl Fischer, David Bailey, Edward Scheriff Curtiss, Eikoh Hosoe, Gordon Parks, Horst P. Horst, Jim Marshall, Pierre et Gills, William Klein, Victor Skrebneski and Yousuf Karsh. The project was first presented at the end of 2014 in the Chicago gallery of Catherine Edelman and since then it has been travelling all over the world.

Annie Leibovitz’s John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980) © Sandro Miller, 2014

Annie Leibovitz’s John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980)
© Sandro Miller, 2014

Arthur Sasse's Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951) © Sandro Miller, 2014

Arthur Sasse’s Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951)
© Sandro Miller, 2014

Sandro Miller (b. 1958) | based in Chicago (IL, USA) | a commercial photographer, also willingly doing artistic projects | known for frequent changing styles and searching for inspiration in history of photography | has been photographing people for over 30 years | his pictures have been internationally published and exhibited | winner of many prestigious awards, including the Lucie Foundation’s International Photographer of the Year (2014 and 2015) | recognised as one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.

Sandro Miller – MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH: HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERS
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: April 21 at 7:00 PM.
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 22 and June 30, 2016.

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Paweł Bogumił @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

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“In the 1830s, a chimpanzee named Tommy and an orangutan named Jenny, quite unusual animals for the times, were brought into the London Zoo. It was in the Victorian era – the exposed to public view monkeys were dressed in children’s clothes and while eating they used plates and spoons. The visitors observed them with curiosity mingled with pronounced anxiety and Queen Victoria, after having visited the zoo in 1842, wrote in her diary: ‘Jenny seemed unpleasantly and unbearably human.’ Nothing has changed since that time. Thousands of visitors come to zoos every day. Observing the behaviour of monkeys, especially anthropoids, makes people smile, but sometimes causes anxiety. Both of the reactions appear when the monkey behave in a way typical of human. It is then when we realise we are animals as well – relatives of primates.”
Maciej Trojan, Ph.D.

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Shortly after having become one of the 55 laureates of the second editions of DEBUTS, Paweł Bogumił joined the photographers represented by Leica Gallery Warsaw. Now it is the time for his first individual exhibition inHuman. The title itself is a play on words that perfectly captures the extreme emotions we experience while looking at the 40 black and white photographs of the monkeys the photographer took through the bars and windows in European zoos. Some of the photos arouse subconscious fear of these powerful beasts; others make us consider what the person in the picture is thinking about. Subconsciously we forget that we are looking at an animal. Bogumił’s portraits and his unusual models blur the boundaries between people and animals.

What is the truth of Paweł Bogumił’s portraits? Humanity? Animality? Enslavement? Mutual fascination? Honesty? Cohabitation? The deepest understanding on the level of emotions? Disgust mixed up with curiosity? They are not only the questions we have to answer ourselves. Actually, we face such doubts every time when anyone’s portrait attracts our attention. In conjugation, activated mechanism of similarity and looking for something ‘that is like me’, activates the mechanism of mimesis, of imitation. As, who hasn’t smiled looking at a portrait of a smiling child?”
Agata Czarnacka

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Paweł Bogumił (b. 1984) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a graduate of the ZPAF Photo School | a laureate of DEBUTS (edition 2016) | his photographs have been published by LensCulture, Future Shot, Cles, Geo and Geo Saison, among others | a finalist of the Earth 15 competition organised by LensCulture and winner of the 2015 International Photography Awards | represented by Leica Gallery Warsaw.

Paweł Bogumił – inHUMANS
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: February 25 at 7:00 PM.
The exhibition will be open to the public until April 3, 2016.

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Justyna Mielnikiewicz @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

Woman with a monkey at the beauty trade show. Tbilisi (Georgia), 2001.

Woman with a monkey at the beauty trade show. Tbilisi (Georgia), 2001.

“Old Caucasian legend says that when God was dividing the world among nations, one of them was late. Annoyed God asked the nation for the reason of being late and they explained that the reason was a feast in honour of the beauty of the world he had created. Enjoying the feast, they lost track of time. God was so pleased that he gave them the most beautiful piece of the world, only worse than the one he left for himself. It is a very popular story cited by many journalists, writing on the Caucasus. But I have heard it many times also from the mouth of Abkhazians, Chechens, Armenians and once I saw it even written on the menu at an Azeri restaurant.” 

The first day of war. Gori (Georgia), August 8. 2008.

The first day of war. Gori (Georgia), August 8. 2008.

“Ethnic conflicts and tensions of the 1990s were the direct result of the “divide and rule” policy of the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, the new borders were established on political basis and the ethnic territories were not taken under consideration. So the ethnic conflicts were the result, not the reason of political scrambles who in that chaotic times had the right to fight for the sovereignty of the motherland. Each of the parties to the conflict creates a historical narrative in the way that can help them to strengthen their territorial claims. History is not a linear. I witnessed how historically important events were completely erased from the timeline if they just did not fit into the current state policy, or they did not define good or bad historical characters clearly enough.”  

Sapara Monastery. Monks, Saba and Nika, after the last prayer of the day. Sapara (Georgia), 2001.

Sapara Monastery. Monks, Saba and Nika, after the last prayer of the day. Sapara (Georgia), 2001.

“I travelled around this part of the world, experiencing momentous events of the decade, from the revolutions that brought hope and change to some but unhappiness to others, up to the perversion of war that knocked on my door. Life is an extreme journey here during which even a simple taxi drive can turn out to be Alice’s journey into the rabbit’s hole. My aim was to understand fully how the local people had managed to survive the unrest of the last twenty years. My searching has not been finished yet in any case as the Caucasus is a phenomenon you explore for whole life. “Woman with a Monkey” is a tribute to the site which not only has become my second homeland, but which I am determined to finally understand. 

As my life partner, Paul Rimple, had accompanied me on the journey, I asked him to enrich my narration with his own stories.”

by Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Justyna Mielnikiewicz – Woman with a Monkey – Caucasus in Short Stories and Photographs
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: October 23 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 24 until November 29, 2015.

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.