Messing with Perception in Poland: Two Photo Festivals You Can't Miss
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small, Messing with Perception in Poland: Two Photo Festivals You Can't Miss, Martha Rosler, Cleaning the Drapes, the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, ca 1967–1972 © Martha Rosler, photo: courtesy of the artist, wojna_jaka_widzimy_6.jpg
As summer approaches, the eyes of the artistic world turn to Poland for two of the most important photographic events in Europe. The Kraków Photomonth starts on 18th May and runs until 18th June 2017. The Fotofestiwal in Łódż runs from 1st – 11th June 2017.
The year 2017 is a special one for Kraków Photomonth as it is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The theme for this year’s main programme is From the Outside, Looking In and is curated by Gordon MacDonald. The projects presented under this theme are all connected by the idea that though the photographer captures a certain object, how the viewers perceive this object can vary greatly based on their individual experiences and knowledge. Each of these exhibitions plays with the idea of perception: Divisive Moments presents a series of photographs that appear to show visits from UFOs; The War From Here aims to transport its audience past the news headlines to truly feel the impact of war; the subjects in Susan Lipper’s Grapevine roleplay as characters that may or may not reflect themselves; and We Also Dance captures the visceral physicality of dancing. The main programme also features several special guests including Andrzej Georgiew, Magda Hueckel and the Fotografia Koleksjonerska project.
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In addition to the main programme, the Kraków Photomonth Festival also features the works of young artists in the ShowOFF Section. This year, the entry competition allowed applications to be submitted online, which led to the largest number of international applicants the competition has ever received. This year’s eight winners not only get the opportunity to present their photographs at the festival but also work together with experts in the field to curate their exhibitions.
Kraków Photomonth runs from 19th May to 18th June. For more information on the Kraków Photomonth, please visit their website: http://photomonth.com/en/
The 16th annual International Festival of Photography in Łódż, also known as Fotofestiwal 2017, will feature numerous events around the city. The main exhibitions will be presented under the title Can You Imagine? These works aim to challenge the viewers with fantastic realities, to provoke questions and inspire the imagination. This programme is curated by the intriguing young artist Augustin Rebetez and will feature a set of works by Joan Fontcuberta, the renowned master of mystification, as well as installations by Noemie Goudal and Provisional Arrangements by Martin Kollar.
Other events at the Fotofestiwal include the presentation of the photographs that were selected as finalists for the annual Grand Prix competition. Since the festival opens on International Children’s Day, there will be a special programme for children with attractions made especially for them! There will also be an exhibition of photography books, as well as the announcement of the winners of the Kassel Dummy Award and the Polish Photo Publication of the Year. Moreover, there will be additional exhibitions in galleries around Łódż by photographers such as Viviane Sassen, Rafał Milach and Przemek Dzienis.
Fotofestiwal runs from 1st to 11th June. For more information, please visit their website: http://fotofestiwal.com/2017/en/
Sources: press materials; compiled by KA, 17 May 2017