The third edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography will transform the seaside Sopot into a centre of Polish photography once again. Lovers of the art of photography will have an opportunity to see the effects of work of the festival residents – the leading Polish photographers. Artistic residences are typical of Sopot’s festival. The selection of impressive authors, expressing themselves in different kinds of photographic art lets gather enthusiasts of different interests around one event. To this year’s edition of the festival, its Art Director, Tomasz Bergmann, invited artists using different stylistic formula: documentarists who also know the language of abstraction as well as creative authors also expressing themselves in modern documentary forms: Kuba Dąbrowski, Zuza Krajewska, Adam Lach (doc! #18), Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11) and Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7).
The title frames of the festival are taken from the literally meaning while the idea of the organisers expresses the concept from behind the world of limits. The total freedom of creativity, given to artists by the town, encourages to cross the frames. Sopot offers them its physical tissue and the photographs are allowed to use everything that is nonmaterial. According to the organisers, the cyclic formula of the festival will create a multidimensional portrait of the place as well as the changing reality.
The projects done in the frames of the artistic residences will be presented as the main exhibition of the festival (curator: Maja Kaszkur). The exhibition will be supported by many artist’s talks and workshops.
Further attractions of the 3rd edition of W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography are:
- Places. Reconstruction III, monographic exhibition of Tadeusz Rolke curated by Marek Grygiel;
- Single Shot, collective exhibition originally organised by the Fort Institute of Photography and curated by Krzysztof Miękus;
- Freefall, individual exhibition of Pszemek Dzienis originally organised by the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw;
- DEBUTS (edition 2017), post-competition exhibition of the project organised by doc! photo magazine;
- outdoor exhibition of Łukasz Gawroński;
- project by students of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts curated by Wojtek Wieteska;
- presentation of works by students of the Sopot School of Photography and Instagrammers.
W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography
@ Sopot (Poland)
September 8-10, 2017
The 3rd edition of the W Ramach Sopotu Festival of Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
Lost Territories. SEDIMENT is a story about the slow metamorphosis of the territory of the former Soviet Union. It follows a long-term photographic project, summarising the experience, which photographers of the International Association Sputnik Photos have gathered to date. It is also the most important exhibition in the decade-long history of the collective.
With their latest show, Sputnik Photos will take viewers on a journey to the areas of the former Soviet Union – territories of painful experience and unfinished transformations. For several years, the photographers have documented the life and space of all the 15 countries born after the collapse of the Soviet empire, exploring such topics as propaganda in Georgia, veterans of the Georgian-Russian war, environment contaminated with uranium and nuclear waste, women veterans of the Great Patriotic War, borders between states, metaphysics of the dreams of the former USSR’s citizens, long-lasting consequences of natural disasters, decline of the shipbuilding industry on the Ukrainian coast of the Black Sea, and earthquake in Spitak (Armenia).
The resultant Lost Territories archive, which consists of several thousand photographs, has become a starting point for exhibitions, books and installations. Each of the narratives to emerge in the future will address a different aspect of the post-Soviet lands.
The presentation in the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle is the first in a series of Lost Territories exhibitions. Its central idea is to present different faces of the transformations in the republics of the former Soviet Union, which have now become independent states (some in theory only). The exhibition is conceived as a collective one, without distinguishing the individual artists. The personal series of works will be broken up and integrated with the other artists’ pictures to form image sequences focusing on aspects common to the project as a whole.
In four rooms of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, degraded scenery of nuclear test sites and uranium mines will be displayed next to depictions of people’s self-organised efforts to build everyday life on the ruins of the empire. Pictures of female war veterans will neighbour with photographs of refugees from present-day conflict zones. The disappearing borders between the Baltic States are confronted with the monumental architecture of a despotic tyranny, which slowly restores the kind of cult of personality we know from the past, as is the case in Azerbaijan. The photographs show a complex and often brutal picture of the transformations.
The exhibition is accompanied by two books: Lost Territories Wordbook, which is an ‘anti-glossary’ pre- and post-transformation terms related to the Soviet Union, compiled by twenty authors from different countries – writers, historians, journalists, researchers, curators, artists and political scientists. The book will be available for sale starting from the exhibition opening night. The second publication – Lost Territories. Fruit Garden - is a photo book looking at such phenomena as political oppression, the Soviet science and the impact of man on nature.
Sputnik Photos is an international collective founded in 2006 by documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe. Experiencing the transformation of their region of origin has become a pretext for mutual commentary on the social, political and cultural processes occurring in it. Using photography, film and photo books, the collective has been building a record of the transformation of the area of the former Eastern bloc. Photographers: Andrei Balco, Jan Brykczyński (doc! #22), Andrei Liankevich, Michał Łuczak, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Adam Pańczuk (doc! #15) and Agnieszka Rayss (doc! #5 & cd! #3)
Sputnik Photos – LOST TERRITORIES. SEDIMENT
@ Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (2 Jazdów St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: October 21 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until February 5, 2017
Collector’s Photography – the Poland’s only regular auctioning event dedicated exclusively to photography – invites for its 15th edition that will take place this November.
This time, the highlights include a heliograph by Karol Hiller dating back to the 1930s, the well-known Man Before His Work by Jerzy Kosiński, and an early portrait of Natalia LL made by Jerzy Pierściński in Bulgaria in 1967. Edward Hartwig’s photographs will be shown next to A Portrait with a Rose taken by his wife Helena Hartwig and showing their daughter Ewa. Ryszard Horowitz will be represented by his famous Jackie Smith, while Beata Tyszkiewicz – a symbol of beauty and elegance of Polish cinema – will appear in Bogdan Łopieński’s picture shot during a peculiar fashion session for the Polska monthly. Zofia Rydet and her much-appreciated works will be present, too. One of them will be a photo coming from her renowned series Sociological Record. In his Wrocław, 1982, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6) will take us back to the Polish People’s Republic, where we will meet a beauty on a balcony of one of the iconic tower blocks in Wrocław’s Manhattan. Each of the artists has a special position in the history of Polish photography. Their works are an expression of their individual artistic search driven by a desire to record reality, preserve memory, comment on crucial social or existential issues, or the need to experiment with form and create new worlds. Often the works are a peculiar reflection of the artists’ times, the people they met or meet or their personal experiences. Hence the diversity of the styles and themes of the works.
The uniqueness of the works presented by Collector’s Photography is proven by their growing popularity. A rising trend of auctioned prices is seen both for the classics and younger generation artists. The items purchased by the clients go to existing collections as well as to new ones.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a course for beginner collectors and a Collector’s Evening.
Photographers of the 15th edition of Collector’s Photography: Stefan Arczyński, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Zbigniew Dłubak, Bogdan Dziworski, Marek Gardulski, Teresa Gierzyńska, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Henryk Hermanowicz, Karol Hiller, Ryszard Horowitz, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Maria Kietlińska, Jerzy Kosiński, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Lachowicz, Jerzy Lewczyński, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Tadeusz Przypkowski, Józef Robakowski, Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Ryszard Waśko, Antoni Wieczorek, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).
Collector’s Photography No. 15
Mysia3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: November 7 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between November 8 and 17, 2015. Auction: November 17 at 7:00 PM.
The 15th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under contra doc! patronage.
Read more about the Collector’s Photography @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl (website in Polish language version only).
Arrival and departure, the beginning and the end. Time is experienced in a particular way when you’re staying at a hotel. Viewed from this perspective, the andel’s Hotel Lodz is a unique place where the past is always visible in the present. The structure and elements of the former Izrael Poznański’s factory have determined the hotel’s present form and influenced its future development. The exhibition We Have Time is a reflection on the meaning of time. The works presented here relate to this concept in various ways. It’s also possible to find in each of them the„threads” that link them with the exhibition site.
The show consists of two parts: the public – displayed in the lobby, and the private – presented in the hotel’s suites. The first one consists of Karolina Breguła’sThe Histories of Art and Rafał Milach’s (doc! #19) Very Beautiful Project series of photographs. The second part of the exhibition is more personal and features Monika Drożyńska’s Half of a Whole and Urban Embroidery 3 series as well as Joanna Piotrowska’s Frowst series and pictures from her untitled project.
The exhibition is accompanied by an album additionally including a short story Ravens Live the Longest by Filip Zawada.
Karolina Breguła, Monika Drożyńska, Rafał Milach, Joanna Piotrowska – We Have Time
andel’s Hotel Lodz (17 Ogrodowa St., Lodz, Poland). Opening reception: September 10 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 11 to October 10, 2015
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.
Rafal Milach (doc! #19), one of the most acclaimed Polish photographers, will be a guest of the next WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3 meeting. This time the meeting will cover a phenomenon of photobooks.
Photobook – what is it and why is it so popular in recent years? Is it a temporary trend or something that always was around? How does it make a photographer a complete artist? How does it define contemporary market of photography? How did a balance between photographer and publisher change? Does a photographer have to become a one-man institution?
Do you want to hear answers to these and other questions? Come to the next WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3 meeting!
Rafal Milach > Introduction to photobooks
Rafal Milach (b.1978) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a photographer and a book creator | a graduate from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (the Czech Republic) – now also an academic lecturer in Opava | has been working on transformation projects in Russian speaking countries and Central-Eastern Europe for over 10 years | has published several books: 7 Rooms (Kehrer Verlag, 2011), In the Car with R (Czytelnia Sztuki, 2012), and Black Sea of Concrete (2013), and The Winners (GOST Books, 2014) | his works have been presented at numerous individual exhibitions (e.g. in C/O Berlin and Zacheta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw) and festivals (e.g. PhotoEspana, Look3, and Les Rencontres d’Arles in France) | participated in prestigious Joop Swat Masterclass workshops in Amsterdam (2007) | scholarship holder of the Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation and European Culture Foundation | laureate of World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Photography Book Now, and Paris Photo Aperture Photobook Awards | co-founder of Sputnik Photos, international photo collective | his works are in collections of Kyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts, and C/O Berlin.
barStudio (Studio Theatre @ Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Square, Warsaw, Poland)
March 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM
WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3’s meetings are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.