The Paszporty Polityki is an annually awarded prize - a symbolic identification that opens doors to young Polish artists. Distinguished talents - seeking, daring and crossing borders - in different fields meet not only domestic but also foreign audiences.
The annual culture award Paszporty Polityki will grant the winners symbolic passports to open international doors in their careers. The nominees represent the most well-versed critics of each of the evaluated fields. Awards are given in 6 categories: film, theater, visual arts, classical music, popular music, and literature. Formal announcement of winners will take place during the Gala at the Teatr Wielki (National Opera) in Warsaw on 14 January 2014.
While in the early 90s critics still formed their own opinions and required independence, defiance and nonconformity as prerequisites for assigning any type of cultural award, nowadays the scene is dominated by celebrity culture. On the contrary, the past year has recalled the dangerous relationship between culture and politics, both on national and international levels. From the burning of the rainbow in Warsaw's Plac Zbawiciela to collective protests in various parts of the world, politics played a major role alongside arts.
Within this critical framework, artists who continue to reflect upon the limitations imposed by the political system or censorship and who do not wish to participate in the vanity of the marketplace deserve a louder applause.
We present to you a collection of the biographies of the nominated artists.
These are portraits of emerging talents, continuing to transfrom the shape and meaning of Polish art.
Agata Kulesza in "Róża", credit: Monolith Films
Read more: Agaty Kuleszy
Dawid Ogrodnik, credit: Forum
Read bio: Dawid Ogrodnik
Tomasz Wasilewski, credit: Tomasz Tyndyk
Read more: Tomasz Wasilewski
Read more: Małgorzata Rejmer
Ziemowit Szczerek, credit: courtesy of the author
Read bio: Ziemowit Szczerek
Łukasz Orbitowski, credit:. Marcin Łasyk /Reporter / East News
Marcin Masecki, credit: Tomasz Dubiel
Read bio: Marcin Masecki
Dawid Podsiadło, credit: Pawel Skraba / Reporter / East News
Read more: Kuba Ziołek
Read more: Katarzyna Budnik - Gałązka
Apollon Musagѐte Quartett
Read more: Apollon Musagѐte Quartett
Artist in front of Francis and Hashish, 2013, steel, bronze, oil paint, wood, 305 x 100 x 100 cm, photo by: Filip Zawada/courtesy of BWA Wrocław
Read bio: Olaf Brzeski
Read bio: Aneta Grzeszykowska
Read more: Iza Tarasewicz
Michał Borczuch, credit: Jan Rolke / Forum
Read more: Michał Borczuch
Jolanta Janiczak & Wiktor Rubin
Read more: Jolanta Janiczak & Wiktor Rubin
Read more: Agata Siwiak
Edited by E.M., 05/12/2013