-> Long-term photo strategies / long-term projects
The second edition of the photobook festival X.PRINT looks into the time-consuming activities related to the publication process. In the realm of a photo document, time is necessary for the rectification of initial assumptions, for changes of the original strategies of analysing the reality around us, for the construction of visual narratives about ever-changing issues or for attempts to account for reality on the basis of the many and varied personal relations, which photographers build consistently and consciously.
Such long-term documentary projects seem to naturally make use of the medium of the photo book. In the areas of edition, design and curatorial projects, the time we want to talk about, offers an opportunity for certain ideas to develop. This time assures distance.
Because of the time, the evaluation and interpretation of events (historical, from the realm of photography, exhibitions or art) acquire a new meaning by virtue of re-interpretation. We will therefore try to demonstrate such areas of the photobooks world which must take longer to hatch, at each stage: of picture-taking, edition and design.
The prime focus of the festival is a series of meetings connected with an exhibition of photographs by Martin Parr and Rimaldas Vikšraitis – The Real World.
Between November 14 and December 10, 2017, Arsenał Municipal Gallery presents a comprehensive exhibition The Real World, grouping together photographs by Martin Parr (from The Last Resort and Small World series) with those by a Lithuanian author Rimaldas Vikšraitis (Grimaces of the Weary Village). The exhibition, originally prepared by Gintaras Česonis, a curator of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, has to date been shown in Kaunas, Vienna, Minsk, and Tbilisi. A juxtaposition of the works by Martin Parr, one of the most eminent contemporary photographers, a member of the Magnum Photos agency, publisher, collector and an authority on photobooks, with powerful, artistic works by Rimaldas Vikšraitis, who portrays the Lithuanian province, is a narrative which treats social everyday reality both personally and ruthlessly. Both authors will be the guests of the festival. On November 25 and 26, during meetings held at the Arsenał Municipal Gallery, they will talk about their work and will present selected publications.
It is during the meetings at Arsenał Municipal Gallery on November 25 and 26 that invited guests, distinguished representatives of Polish and European documentary photography, editors and curators, will talk about their own strategies of working on photography books and will hold small exhibits of their publications. Ten open meetings will be held on the festival weekend and will help confront the approaches represented by our guests, browse through their books, supposed to illustrate their artistic or editorial assumptions. These meetings will likewise help to compare methods of work on photo publications, the common denominator of all of which is a long-term analysis of a certain reality.
Venues of the festival:
- Arsenał Municipal Gallery (6 Stary Rynek Sq., Poznań, Poland)
- PIX.HOUSE Gallery (35a Głogowska St., Poznań, Poland)
- SKALA Gallery (49a Święty Marcin St., Poznań, Poland)
- Ostrøv (25 Święty Marcin St., Poznań, Poland)
- University of Arts in Poznań’s Photography Faculty (20 23 lutego St., Poznań, Poland)
- School of Form @ Poznań International Fairs (Pavilion 1, 18 Głogowska St., Poznań, Poland)
More info and detailed programme of the festival @ pix.house/xprint-2017-eng
@ Poznań (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017
The X.PRINT photobook festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
One year. One place. Two deaths.
“My mother, Izabella, had been struggling with the pains of her spine and knees for a long time. Her world had shrunk to some square metres of her house. The last 3 months of her life she spent in a hospice, where she was slowly passing away. She died on July 3.
The last time I “normally” talked to my father was on September 3, just one hour before his surgery. One day later, I found out he was in coma. After waking up, it turned out he had partly lost his memory. He didn’t remember my mother’s death; stuck in his life from some years behind. It was then when my struggle with his reality started. It totally surprised me. Suddenly my father became a stranger to me. Although he recognised me, he lived in his own, incomprehensible to me world. Sunk in total chaos, neither he realised where he was nor what was ahead of him.
After a difficult time for both of us, he landed up in the hospice; the same where my mother had died. I had to face up the memories from that place one more time. My dad died at Christmas.
While making pictures, I realised that they had been elderly people. I didn’t see that or I didn’t want to see that until that time.
For a year I had been observing my parents dying; I saw their solitude, pain, and chaos which they weren’t able to deal with. Although I couldn’t talk to my mum and I didn’t manage to get to my dad, I was with them to the very end.” – Michał Adamski (doc! #19)
Michał Adamski (b. 1976) | based in Poznan (Poland) | autodidact photographer | member of Un-posed collective and co-founder of Poznan’s group Streetm | initially connected with so called street photography as a form of distraction from everyday life | currently involved in social matters focusing on man and his life in the contemporary world | participated in workshops organised by Napo Images agency, Sputnik Photos collective, and Christopher Morris (VII Photo) | a laureate of Wielkopolska Press Photo, a finalist of Grand Press Photo and PUOT EXPO 2013, honourably mentioned at IPA (International Photography Awards).
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
With opening of PIX.HOUSE on July 15, Poznan will join the cities, in which documentary photography has got its exposition space. The gallery starts with a great hit – international exhibition Generation 74 that will consist of pictures by 11 photographers: Gintaras Česonis (Lithuania), Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany), Nick Hannes (Belgium), Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Lithuania), Davide Monteleone (Italy), Pekka Niittyvirta (Finland), Borut Peterlin (doc! #21; Slovenia), Przemysław Pokrycki (doc! #7; Poland), Tomáš Pospěch (Czech Republic), Simon Roberts (UK) and Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany).
„Are the numbers important here or do these eleven photographers have something more than the same year of birth in common? Yes, and quite a lot” - says Mindaugas Kavaliauskas from Lithuania, originator of the project. - “Today each of them is a well-known photographer in and outside their own countries. Some of them are considered photography icons all over the world. They were 15 when the Berlin Wall collapsed, the guys from the Eastern Bloc were 16-18 when their countries regained independence, and 30 when they experienced the European Union enlargement in 2004. They have all created long-term documentary projects, feeling that the world is changing from the analog-unique to uniformly global one. Their attitude to photographing is marked by their civic, social and individual sense of duty to say honestly about their home countries, dwelling places and the places they visited, preparing their projects. Their works don’t try to be fashionable, spectacular, anything but superficial or glossy. Instead of that, they are human, worried, bitter, ironic, humorous and critical.”
The exhibition will be connected with a Polish launch of the book of the same name. It will be accompanied by numerous meetings, discussions and lectures which together will constitute the four-day feast of documentary photography.
|July 15, 2015|
|1:13 PM||press lunch – conference with animators of PIX.HOUSE and authors of the Generation 74 exhibition|
|6:00 PM||vernisage of the Generation 74 exhibition and official opening of PIX.HOUSE|
|7:30 PM||Meeting with Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and Kirill Golovchenko|
|July 16, 2015|
|1:13 PM – 8:00 PM||easy Thursday @ PIX.HOUSE: come, see the pictures, discuss|
|July 17, 2015|
|1:13 PM||meeting with Maciej Frąckowiak, co-author of the Invisible City project|
|2:30 PM||meeting with Piotr Małecki (doc! #18), documentary photographer of Napo Images agency|
|4:00 PM||meeting with Jacek Piotrowski, documentary photographer, author of the City-People-Cars. 1984-93 exhibition|
|5:30 PM||individual going to Stary Browar for the opening of the 2015 BZ WBK Press Foto’s post-competition exhibition|
|July 18, 2015|
|1:13 PM||presentation of photographic initiatives of Greater Poland region (Władysław Nielipiński of Regional Public Library)|
|2:30 PM||meeting with Grzegorz Kosmala, editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine and originator of the DEBUTS project|
|4:00 PM||review of multimedia projects awarded at Grand Press Photo contest|
|5:30 PM||portfolio review with Mariusz Forecki, Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31), Michał Adamski (doc! #19) and Andrzej Dobosz (doc! #22)|
Free admission to all events!
Venue: PIX.HOUSE, 35a Glogowska St., Poznan (Poland).
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