The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition With and Without You is a m mid-career retrospective spanning projects done in Siberia, Guatemala, Greenland, Tokyo, Thailand, America, and his hometown – Copenhagen. The exhibition is a comprehensive showcase of Aue Sobol’s unique, visceral brand of black-and-white photography.
Jacob Aue Sobol records bracingly intimate encounters with people: from his then-girlfriend Sabine in East Greenland to passersby in the alleyways of Shibuya. With and Without You mixes this personal documentary work with virtuosic street photography and is connected with his book of the same title published in 2016. These are pictures not to be thought about, but felt.
The Warsaw exhibition of Jacob Aue Sobol is also a celebration of his 42nd birthday. It will be also his last show in Poland. Aue Sobol announced his farewell to photography in July this year working now as a fisherman on a remote Danish island. “This is my way to close an old chapter of my life, and start a new one,” – says Aue Sobol. – “It was never about photography.”
Jacob Aue Sobol (b. 1976) | based in Copenhagen (Denmark) | photographer and member of Magnum Photos | his photographs have been published and exhibited internationally | studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography | author of the widely acclaimed books, including Sabine (self-published, 2004), I, Tokyo (Arles: Actes Sud, Saint-Junien: Apeiron, Stockport: Dewi Lewis, Berlin: Braus, Barcelona: Lunwerg, Roma: Peliti & Amsterdam: Mets & Schilt, 2008), By the River of Kings (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016) and With and Without You (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016), among others | prized with Leica European Publishers Award (2009), Fogtdals Foto Award (2007), World Press Photo (2005) and shortlisted to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005) and the Paul Huf Award (2008), among others.
Jacob Aue Sobol – WITH AND WITHOUT YOU
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: September 28 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 29 and November 25, 2018
- Artist’s talk with Jacob Aue Sobol: September 29 at 2.00 PM
- Artist’s talk with Damian Chrobak (doc! #13): October 25 at 6.00 PM
- Artist’s talk with Piotr Zbierski (cd! #5 & doc! #8): November 22 at 6.00 PM
The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Traditionally in September, Sopot becomes the centre of Polish photography. The W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is an opportunity to see premiere projects created during the festival artistic residences, as well as projects of leading Polish creators using photography.
This year’s festiwal will consist of exhibitions the essence of which is the subjectivism of the storytelling. One will be able to see typically documentary, photojournalistic works, as well as those containing elements of creation or assemblage. They are to show history, events, and accompanying them emotions in the best way. All elements of a photograph such as light, composition and aesthetics serve to evoke the character of the story, express its atmosphere, and to add an observer’s commentary. Artists intentionally use different techniques to give an impulse for considerations. Watching photographs stops us in the time to give a while for consideration, reaction, emotions, and absorbing elements of the complex situations.
This year’s residents of the festival are respected for their work artists from Tricity – Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) and Kacper Kowalski, as well as the rising star of Polish photography, the winner of the second edition of DEBUTS – Konstancja Nowina-Konopka. They all will present their projects taking place in Sopot, that tangibly contemporary but also mystical, emotional, and simply historic one.
Besides the projects of the festival residents, there will be also an opportunity to see Krzysztof Miller’s exhibition Travel by Trans-Siberian Railway with never shown before pictures taken by him on that unusual trip in 1993. Grzegorz Wełnicki (doc! #27/28) will show the first part of his Eternal series dedicated to death, its presence and influence on human life. While Agata Grzybowska (doc! #42) will present her photographs from the 9 Gates of No Return series that she took when trekking in the Bieszczady Mountains where she was searching for the answer to the question what loneliness is.
The festiwal will be also accompanied by the f/5.6 exhibition, a cross-sectional presentation of works by Bogdan Dziworski (doc! #41), classic of Polish post-war photography; Wojciech Grzędziński’s (doc! #11 & #40) very impressive and personal exhibition Flashbacks; the group exhibition of the winners of DEBUTS_2018 project – the international competition for emerging photographers.
The festival programme also includes: an exhibition of evoking sentiments pictures of Sopot by Zbigniew Kosycarz, an exhibition of original cameras made by Marek Mazur and pictures taken with them by Krzysztof Mystkowski, a concert of Sławek Jaskułke, during which a presentation of Kacper Kowalski’s works will take place, and the presentation of Rafał Wojczal’s project Musher with musical improvisation of the artist.
The opening of the festival will take place at National Art Gallery on September 7, 2018. The festival opening weekend will be filled with lectures and meetings with artists. All the exhibitions will be open to the public until September 19.
The festival exhibitions will be presented at the National Art Gallery, in specially arranged for the festival galleries on the first floor of the Centrum Sopot, and in urban space.
More info @ wramachsopotu.pl (site in Polish language version only)
W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
September 7-19, 2018
The 2018 W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.