A group of promising young Polish photographers join the ranks of 500 of Europe's best at Germany's biggest festival devoted to the art of image
This year marks the fifth edition of the biannual event, which presents an array of exhibitions celebrating significant works of photography from the past and present. One of the exhibitions has been prepared by Poland's Unposed group, made up of a dozen of today's most promising talents. Overall the event addresses topics concerning the construction of identity, exotica, colonialism, voyeurism and an observation of what is familiar and what is foreign.
The Un-posed showcase from Poland features the works of: Michał Adamski, Damian Chrobak, Maciej Dakowicz, Andy Kochanowski, Piotr Koszczyński, Tomasz Lazar, Alek Nowak, Zbigniew Osiowy, Paweł Piotrowski, Marcin Płonka, Bart Pogoda, Jacek Szust, Paweł Walczyk, Tomasz Wiech.These photographers are part of a larger group founded in 2011 by Damian Chrobak. Chrobak explains the genesis of the group as based on a shared skill level and an awareness of the craft. The group grew bigger gradually as more photographers sought to join the group and participate in its activities. Each of the 14 members has his or her own individual style, with many having had their work published in Polish, European and American magazines. For many of Un-posed's members, the exhibition in Berlin is their first opportunity to meet. Their individual sensibilities and visual expression is evident in their work and the creative process in general. As Chrobak explains,
At first the group's purpose was to drive and inspire one another. We have more clout and it's become easier for us to promote not only ourselves, but Polish street photography as a whole. It has been one of our chief ambitions from the start. We want to promote Polish pioneers of Polish photography in this "decisive moment", who have been taking pictures that are on par with the work of some of the best photographers in the world.
The exhibition is held as part of the View of the Other show at the "Polish Loser Club" (Klub Polskich Nieudaczników), which has functioned as a centre for Polish-German artistic exchange in Berlin. The exhibition curator Joanna Kinowska says the collection of works in the exhibition present a wide scope of street photography, exploring subjects, lighting techniques, lifestyle and experience. The exhibition is arranged by subject according to several main chapters: the "puzzle" of everyday life, "intimacy" at home and in the public space, "narratives", "questions" about the mysterious of modern living and the "hero".
The European Month of Photography in Berlin has been organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin in cooperation with museums, cultural institutions and galleries in Berlin and Potsdam, presenting hundreds of events that draws an audience of close to 500,000.
View of the Other featuring the Un-posed collective opens on the 19th of October and runs through the 20th of November 2012. For more information, see: www.mdf-berlin.de
For more information on Un-posed, see: www.un-posed.com
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Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart
Source: Original Polish-language text by Dagmara Staga for Culture.pl