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.