Ernesto Bazan documented everyday life in Cuba for a quarter of a century. Cuban Trilogy consists of three photographic cycles, each of which in a different way illustrates the Italian artist’s attitude to the country that – visited years ago – has become his second homeland.
Bazan Cuba – the cycle created during the unrest related to the collapse of the communist bloc, named by Fidel Castro El Periodo Special – opens a set of seventy photographs presented at the exhibition. The Al Campo series – created after the author had decided to settle on the island and start a family – is a tribute to the simple life in the countryside. His later cycle Isla is a culmination of eliminating everything that was political in favour what is private and universal. The series includes intimate portraits as well as panoramic landscapes and still lifes.
The poetics of Bazan’s photography has evolved over nearly three decades of his work. Beginning with black and white, stern in character, documentaries of poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union, the author sometimes experimented with the use of colour to fully consciously use it – as he describes it – in meditations upon the landscapes of the island. Along with the transformations of the works of Bazan, his subjects changed as well, among which there is less political anecdote, but more introspection and a sense of belonging.
“It is a nation which loves and appreciates life in its simplest manifestations. I photographed their dignity, entrepreneurship, their love for children, music and dance, and their ardent religiosity. With time, I stopped being a distant observer,” – says Bazan.
Cuban Trilogy is part of the programme of bringing Polish audience to the classics of the world photography, carried out by the Fort Institute of Photography Foundation.
Ernesto Bazan (b. 1959) | based in Veracruz (Mexico) | received his first camera at the age of 14 | started to photograph his home city (Palermo) and rural areas of Sicily | studied Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (NY, USA) | author of several books, including Passing Through (Rome: Peliti Associati, 1992), Bazan Cuba (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2008), Island (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2014), and most recently Before You Grow Up (Brooklyn, NY: Bazan Photos Publishing, 2017) | winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize and World Press Photo | his works have been exhibited internationally and published by numerous magazines, including doc! photo magazine (FotoArt Festival 2015 edition) | runs his own photographic workshops (since 2002).
Ernesto Bazan – CUBAN TRILOGY
@ Fort Institute of Photography (99 Racławicka St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: March 16 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between March 17 and May 6, 2018
- workshops with Ernesto Bazan and Tomasz Tomaszewski (doc! #21): March 17-18, 2018 (for registered participants only)
The Ernesto Bazan exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
To a certain degree, any landscape owes its form to the cultural interference of people. A seemingly natural landscape or cityscape often witnessed battles, violent crime or other menacing events. Although the beautiful natural scenery or fragments of architecture may mask their traces, such places have a peculiar aura bearing the memory of a collective trauma or individual misfortune.
Hubert Humka (doc! #37) focuses on such landscapes and explores the dark corners of the human soul. His Death Landscapes series is based on depriving a place of its romantic, picturesque context. The artist juxtaposes ostensibly neutral views with filters of their dramatic past. The photographs were taken at a specific time on days marking the anniversary of events that took place in the featured spots. Was it because on such days some force or energy connected with witnesses’ memories becomes particularly potent? The best example is provided by the Norwegian island of Utøya, which will forever be connected with the memory of the victims of the tragic shooting.
Humka’s cycle contradicts the traditional manner of depicting landscapes as postcards. In Death Landscapes, a seemingly innocent view both hides and reveals the tragic past and the dark truth about humans. The sacred becomes mixed up with the profane – the photographs unveil a hidden layer of reality that usually remains invisible.
Hubert Humka (b. 1983) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School | interested in mocumentary, quasi-documentaries and searching for authenticity in photography | his works were exhibited during numerous photo festivals, including Les Rencontres d’Arles (2012 & 2013), Transphotographiques Festival (2014), Fotofestiwal Łódź (2016) or Białystok Interphoto Festival (2015) | has also exhibited his works in Germany, Malaysia and in the United Kingdom | finalist of several international contests: Prix Voies Off: Sélections 2013 at the Les Rencontres d’Arles Off Festival (France), Photo Diploma Award 2013 in Poznań (Poland) | author of the book Evil Man (Łódź: Łódź Film School Press, 2014).
Hubert Humka – DEATH LANDSCAPES
@ Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2a Strzegomski Sq., Wrocław, Poland)
Opening reception: March 2 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until June 4, 2018
- curator-led tour and artist’s talk: March 4 at 3.00 PM
The Hubert Humka exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Robby Cyron’s Figura Animalis exhibition draws its roots from an ornamental chicken from Leon Tarasewicz’s bird’s collection. A well-known painter lent one of species for a photo session organised by a fashion magazine. However this tiny cock was just one of many elements of the set, it caught the photographer’s eye. At the moment when the light of studio lamps reached the bird’s plumage and its feathering had blazed of vivid, colourful brilliance, Robby Cyron realised that he had just found a new object of his photographic fascination.
The exhibition title Figura Animalis has an ambiguity hidden in the double meaning of a Latin word animalis that could be translated as a word “animal”, but above all it refers to the vitality and life. Moreover, the noun anima can also be associated with the vital soul. This ambiguity is also captured through Cyron’s perspective on birds and mammals. The artist seeks new canons of beauty in the animal world.
In his work Robby often studies various faces of nature, whether on the occasion of the B&W photographs of women like in the project entitled Bella or through the attempt to subjugate wildlife as in the case of Gallus and The Family projects. The Figura Animalis exhibition combines the last two series: ornamental chickens (Gallus) and Arabian horses – The Family.
The Family represents a poetic approach to animals that embody both, strong nature and grace. Horses seen by Robby Cyron are as monumental as a statue but their gaze often seems truly melancholic. Gallus means rooster, but its Latin name sounds more sophisticated, and so are the chickens as seen through Cyron’s lens. Birds covered with feathers in vivid colours are almost “posing” for photos. Are they still animals or tiny pieces of art?
Cyron’s animalistic models embody the whole scale of emotions: sadness, melancholy and even comic quality. Birds and horses “pose” without make-up and they are not dressed up, which gives Cyron (that also specialises in professional commercial photography, working with models, actors and celebrities for various magazines) a new space for artistic expression.
“In my creative work I always try to capture various sorts of beauty phenomenon,” – says the artist.
The Figura Animalis exhibition is also a field of research for a new aesthetics. This project would not be possible without the photographer’s skills. Thanks to precise light usage and professional studio work Cyron’s photographs look like Dutch paintings with a touch of a hyperrealism.
Robby Cyron (b. 1970) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | learnt to photograph in a classical advertising photography studio | photographer and curator | owner of the las studio and gwl gallery (both in Warsaw) | gives analogue atmosphere to his works, often made digitally | co-author of guide books IN (Warsaw: Agora, 2011) and author of the photobook Nath (Warsaw: RC, 2012) | his works have been published by such magazines like Maxim, Gala, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Playboy, Joy, Music Express, Glamour, Marie Claire, Twój Styl and doc! photo magazine (doc! #10 & #39), among others.
Robby Cyron – FIGURA ANIMALIS
@ Leica 6×7 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 18, 2018
- artist’s tours: February 11 at 1.00 PM & March 17 at 5.00 PM
- artist’s talk: March 1 at 6.00 PM
The Robby Cyron exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (re)presents The Absence of Shame exhibition by American photographer Jock Sturges on its walls.
The project was first opened at the beginning of September 2016. It consists of photographs which depict naturist families from France, North California and Ireland, with whom Sturges had been communicating. The author photographed them during his long artistic career. Having started in the 1970s, he has now shot 3 generations of models. The images uncovered their beauty, so the girls posed to the photographer voluntarily and without embarrassment.
Last year the exhibition had to be closed within a fortnight from its opening, despite the objections from photography lovers who had not yet managed to get acquainted with the project. The reason for the closing was the appeal of Deputy Elena Mizulina, who saw signs of child pornography in the works and launched the mechanism of harassment. Mass support of Mizulina’s point of view, provided by politicians and public figures, and petitions to the procurator’s office and to the Investigation Committee led to attacks on the Lumière Brothers Photography Centre, threats directed against its employees and vandalism – all those matters forced the organisers to close the exhibition ahead of schedule. The investigation on the charges of the demonstration of child pornography lasted for almost a year, and has been completed very recently. Neither the 13 lawsuits filed by citizens, nor the viewpoints held by Mizulina and child ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova’s, both of whom have never even seen the photographs, could convince the investigating committee of the illegality of the exhibition. Expert witnesses recognised the complete absence of signs of any elements of crime and acknowledged the high artistic levels of the exhibited works.
In addition to the works of the talented and internationally recognised photographer Jock Sturges, it will now be possible to become acquainted with the history of the conflict through excerpts from newspapers, photo and video footage covering both opening and closing of the exhibition, and documents from the expert examination and investigation process.
Jock Sturges (b. 1947) | based in Seattle (WA, USA) | an American photographer known for his large-format portraits of nude adolescents | received a B.A. in Perceptual Psychology and Photography from Marlboro College in Vermont and an M.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute | worked with Richard Benson printing from the negatives of Paul Strand, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans and Gary Winogrand, among others | has published more than 10 monographs | his work has been included in many museum collections around the world (e.g. The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Library in Paris and The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art).
Jock Sturges – THE ABSENCE OF SHAME 2.0
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening reception: December 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 8 and January 8, 2018
The Jock Sturges exhibition is for adult viewers only.
Travelling by Wojtek Wieteska is a story on two kinds of love: the photographer for photography and the photographer for a mysterious blonde – Agni. Their lasted for one year relationship was filled with photography, which resulted in a personal cycle of images, kept in the modern fair tale’s convention.
This is how Wojtek Wieteska describes Travelling in his recent essay A Photograph Is a Love Letter for doc! photo magazine:
“I had a beautiful and intriguing love affair between September 22, 2016 and September 4, 2017. (…) It was then when I created my most personal, intimate and luminous project Travelling. (…) I told about what and where had happened between both of us and how we both saw that. Together, as Agni was next to me, behind me or in front of the lens when I was photographing.”
The pictures from the Travelling series are filled with places, items and ephemeral situations in which this story took place. The colour images are diverse: from extreme close-ups, details to urban scenes and natural landscapes. In some cases Wieteska shows how he perceives feminine eroticism without nagging with nudity. What connects that spectrum of aesthetics is emotions, sensuality and reflexion on photography per se. The recurring theme is the links between this medium and our sensitivity. Are photographs able to give a condensed picture, essence of the events that have really happened? How to capture the truth about love in a photograph? What is the place of photography in our life, here and now?
These questions make Travelling a total work that can be contemplated as a set or as single frames. Each part of the project is rooted in the artist’s statement: “Photography is faster than words!”
“I took pictures of emotions and feelings that appeared and disappeared like sparks. I often didn’t have enough time to name them. Today, I can photograph all things around me; it is the question of carving the style and my individual alchemy. I worked on the selection of its ingredients for a long time. There is nothing accidental in Travelling, but none of the pictures was staged,” – says Wojtek Wieteska.
Travelling also tells us how to put some thousands of taken photos into your own fictional or documentary story. That is why the show has its formal structure and scenographic concept carefully planned by Wieteska. Travelling consists of three mutually complementary and equivalent parts: the exhibition, screenings of a silent film with live music and non-standard catalogue.
Wojtek Wieteska (b. 1964) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator and teacher | one of the most recognisable Polish photographers of his own unique, conceptual approach to reality | has exhibited his photo projects in the most important Polish galleries and museums of contemporary art | author of photographic albums and books | his projects have been published in various magazines, including doc! photo magazine (doc! #17) | his photographs are held in collections in France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and in the USA | works in commercial field and leads Masters Classes | graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Faculty of Photography (PhD in Visual Arts: Photography) | also studied History of Art at Paris Sorbonne IV (France) and University of Warsaw (Poland) | columnist of doc! photo magazine.
Wojtek Wieteska – TRAVELLING
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 8, 2017 and February 4, 2018
The exhibition also includes:
- film screenings:
- @ Atlantic Cinema (33 Chmielna St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 5 at 7.00 PM (enrollments @ http://bit.ly/2zjrfQv)
- @ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 8 at 6.30 PM, January 22 at 6:30 PM and special three-channel screening of films with travelling motive on January 28 at 12.00 PM up to 6.00 PM
- artist tour on December 9 at 4.00 PM
The Wojtek Wieteska exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
25 films will be screened during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC, which starts today in Warsaw (Poland). The festival is the first in Central and Eastern Europe and the world’s third innovative event combining world-class cinema with global reflection. Films presented at the HumanDOC Festival are real gems of documentary films showing global interdependencies, problems and challenges. The festival is a world in a nutshell: living for less than one dollar a day, fighting against social exclusion, the effects of climate change, international aid, conflicts…
The festival is a unique combination of pleasurable and useful: world-class documentaries, social campaigns, debates and discussions – HumanDOC presents original, full of passion and emotions films, which are sensitive to social injustice and above all – inspire action, thinking and discovering the world anew!
Globalisation has heavily influenced societies in different parts of the world, causing the problems of underdeveloped countries to rise to the level of global ones. At the same time, however, the economic divide between the rich North (the so-called Global North) and the poor South (Global South) is continuing to deepen. The uncontrolled growth of the world population and the accompanying unemployment are causing extreme poverty, epidemics of hunger and infectious diseases. There are further conflicts that force more costly interventions on richer countries. Excessive consumption causes the depletion of natural resources and dramatically worsens condition of the environment. These problems are just a small part of a very long list of challenges facing the world today.
All films featured during the 8th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC are grouped in six categories:
- KILOMETRES – close and far journeys;
- FREE UKRAINE – the geographically closest conflict;
- REFLECTION – meditations about the yesterday, today and tomorrow;
- UNIQUE – unknown communities;
- CHANGE – what is worth to work on;
- IMPORTANT MISSION – superheroes of modernity.
This year, the jury will award three prizes: The Best Polish Film, The Best Foreign Film and Special Award for The Best Film Online.
More info and detailed programme of the festival @ festival.humandoc.pl (website in Polish language version only)
International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 24-26, 2017
The HumanDOC film festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
-> 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.
On November 17, Warsaw Photo Days festival organised by Warsaw division of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF will open under the theme POST SOVIETICUS. Sixteen exhibitions presenting the works of forty two authors will be shown in Warsaw galleries.
The theme of this year’s edition of the festival has been formulated for the presented photographic projects to serve as an artistic reference to the history and modernity of the post-Soviet countries. The traces of the past in both the people and places turned out to be an interesting area for artistic expression, but also an opportunity to present important historical photographs depicting the shape of the past world.
The opening day will include a series of exhibitions in various locations in Warsaw, including:
- Country on the Rise. 1960-89 @ Stara ZPAF Gallery & Obok Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq. Warsaw, Poland); opening at 6.00 PM
- Roadtrip @ Nowe Miejsce Gallery (51/2 Jerozolimskie Av., Warsaw, Poland), opening at 7.00 PM
- DEBUTS (edition 2017) @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland); opening at 8.00 PM
The Open Programme exhibitions opening and announcement of the Grand Prix winner will take place @ Sinfonia Varsovia (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw, Poland) at 8.00 PM.
Open Programme exhibitions include:
- Alexander Anufriev (Russia) – New Moscow
- Andrei Liankevich (Belarus) – Goodbye, Motherland
- Andrei Nacu (Romania) – Encircled by the Motherland
- Doina – Domenica Cojocaru (Romania) – Remnants
- Irene Jonas (France) – The End of the Red Man
- Jovana Mladenovic (Serbia) – Monumental Fear
- Karol Pałka (Poland) – Building
- Kirk Ellingham (United Kingdom) – Georgian Stranger
- Lorraine Turci (France) – Pyramiden, Polar Epitaph of an Utopia
- Masha Svyatogor (Belarus) – Kurasoushchyna, My Love
- Tatyana Palyga (Russia) – Cherepovets
- Triin Kerge (Estonia) – Kodukoht (Place of Home)
- Urszula Janoszuk (Poland) – Vilnius Post Sovieticus: Autopresentation
- Valentyn Odnoviun (Lithuania) – Surveillance
Artist’s talks of photographers presented in pen Programme will take place on November 18 @ Stara Galeria ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland).
More details @ www.warsawphotodays.com
Warsaw Photo Days 2017
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 17 – December 15, 2017
The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days festival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
¥€$U$ is already the second presentation of Paweł Jaszczuk’s works in the Leica 6×7 Gallery. After the projects showing day and night life in Japan, ¥€$U$ is the first one created since the author’s return to Poland. The inspiration for this project was documentation of gadgets and toys connected with Christianity, especially with contemporary Catholic devotion. For some years the artist has been buying them on the Internet, using such sites like eBay, Etsy and even Polish Allegro. All of them have been staged in a ‘natural’ context and portrayed in according to their purpose.
One of Paweł Jaszczuk’s goals is to draw attention to the surrealism of the marriage of capitalism to the world of religion and devotion in the modern times. The pictures present the whole spectrum of objects: from simple ones like a towel with image of Madonna on or a small pendant-cross with with a pocket knife to more unusual: a bath duck with a head of Jesus or a bulb with a cross-shaped filament. The ¥€$U$ project evokes universal questions on connections between religion, emotions and subjects (in this case – Catholic ones). What is the role of the images of the saints and of God? What are the borders of devotion? Can devotion and holiness exclude each other?
Paweł Jaszczuk observes how symbols and signs, along with the mass production, change into ambiguous gadgets. While related to religion, relics are considered unusual and unique (framed in precious materials and their use is strictly limited to fixed ritual), photographed by Jaszczuk they become relics ‘topsy-turvy.’ Often trashy, designed for everyday use, duplicated in thousands of copies, easy to be replaced swith new ones if destroyed or run out. On the other hand, these everyday items are closer to man: the artist emphasises their materiality, belonging to the owner and frequently his intimate relationship with them. Removed from the sacred level (because of its massification and utility), the object starts to function at the level of every-day reality, which means – at the level of profane.
Paweł Jaszczuk (b. 1978) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | self-taught photographer | graduated from Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in Sydney (Australia, 2004) | for seven years lived and worked in Japan where photographed nightlife of Tokyo | his photographs have been presented by many magazines, including British Journal of Photography, GUP, PHOTO, Eyemazing, The New York Times Magazine and doc! photo magazine (doc! #29/30), among others | has been presented at individual and group exhibitions internationally | has published three photo books: Salaryman (Mörel Books, London, 2009), Kinky City (dienacht Publishing, Leipzig, 2015) and Everything You Do Is a Balloon (Lieutenant Willsdorff, Bordeaux, 2016).
Paweł Jaszczuk – ¥€$U$
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: October 27 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 28 and December 3, 2017
The Paweł Jaszczuk exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.