Below you can find short descriptions, opening dates and times of exhibitions accompanying the main program of Fotofestiwal.
Ewa Ciechanowska, Artur Urbański,
Phobos Ex Machina
Ogrodowa8 Gallery, 8 Ogrodowa Street
The Internet and social media promised to communicate “many to many” – a truly democratic medium free from government and corporate influence. Today, instead of this idealistic vision, we face different consequences of social manipulation using social media. They have influenced our world on a global scale. Influence algorithms reinforce our views that distort our perceptions of reality and affect our choices – which we consider to be taken independently. Phobos Ex Machina helps the viewer investigate how fear manipulation affects our choices.
More info: LINK
Dates: 7.08.2020 – 14.09.2020(Tue-Fri 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Sat-Sun 1:00 PM-5:00 PM),
Opening: 7.08.2020, 8:00 PM
9.08.2020 10:00 Breakfast with Ewa Ciechanowska and Artur Urbański, Galeria Ogrodowa8, Ogrodowa 8, free entry
Talat Darvinoglu, Undreamed dreams or a trial held against the real world
The City Art Gallery in Lodz – Bałucka Gallery, Stary Rynek 2
Talat Darvinoğlu’s photographs show the influence of surrealism, emphasizing the ambiguity between reality and its image. The artist deliberately abandons the system of values based on the creation of novelty in order not to be limited in discovering his inner world. More info here: LINK
Dates: 5.07.2020 – 23.08.2020 (Tue-Fri 12:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat-Sun 12:00 AM-4:00 PM), tickets 2/4 PLN, free admission on Thursdays
No special opening
Silence after Storm
24 Tymienieckiego Street, Book Art Museum
I inherited a house close to forest, almost four-hectare garden, in mesmerising meadows neighbourhood. Within reach are pear and wild cherry trees, which I used to climb with my dad. I come from the Karkonosze Mountains, I was brought up by these trees, meadows and the forest spirit. I am closer to me here.
Silence after Storm is a story about a return, return to value, return to nature, to the importance. Primarily it’s a story about silence from the inwards, a gentle stream of thoughts, inside balance. More info: LINK
Dates: 7.08.2020 – 16.08.2020 (Fri-Sun 12:00 AM-5:00 PM, every other day by prior arrangement (+48) 502 626 466, (+48) 508 089 594)
Opening: 7.08.2020, 5:00 PM
OFF Gallery, ground floor (entrance next to the store Pan Tu Nie Stał), Piotrkowska 138/140 St
Can photography represent unspecified states, non-existent people, unexplored places or unknown rituals? It usually refers to what is known, even in a form of a glance. In the case of “Nonearth” it is a bit different. The binders of authors’ independent cycles are fear, longing and melancholy, but also curiosity. At the same time, most of the photographs refer to the future, they are its artefacts or maybe magical rituals designed to chase away the inevitable.
Dates: 8.08.2020 – 23.08.2020 (Thu-Sun 12:00 AM-7:00 PM),
Opening: 8.08.2020, 7:00 PM
I AM MY HOME
Imaginarium Gallery, Łódzki Dom Kultury, 18 Traugutta Street
I AM MY HOME is the part of the process of searching for inner home in reference to the multidimensional relation with nature. It’s a journey into the depths of nature, into the depths of self, which contains the elements of transformation. Experiencing the complexity of nature, all its elements, cyclicality and intensity becomes a guidepost in recognize and familiarize hidden internal states. Wanderings in secluded areas, experiencing of coldness, nudity and loneliness are key components of the process, which she activated during the implementation of works.
Curator: Magdalena Świątczak
Dates: 8.08.2020 – 23.08.2020 (Tue-Sat 2:00 PM-6:00 PM, 9,22,23.08 12:00 AM-6:00 PM), tickets 4 zł,
Opening: 8.08.2020, 6:00 PM (free entry)
Accompanying event: 9.08 14:00 guided tour of the exhibition (free entry)
More info: LINK
Xue Jiang, Day dream
Kipisz, ul. Piotrkowska 282 (entry from from Park Reymonta)
We stay indoors. it`s safe, it`s home, it`s the place to get rest and prepare to go out again. but, what if we can not go out. In this project, I`m trying to portray the relationship between the inhabitants and which have distorted by the excessive contact. it can be happened between families, partners, friends, more essential, between you and the self. welcome to my daydream. after the dream ends, you get out of the door. but have you really get out of it?
Dates: 9.08.2020 – 30.08.2020 (mon closed, tue 10:00-23:00, wed-thu 10:00-21:00, fri-sun 10:00-23:00), free entry
Opening: 9.08.2020, 18:00
Allan Dransfield, What Makes You Happy?
Pop Up Gallery, 8 Ogrodowa Street
Over the past 12 months through 23 nations, the question “WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?” has encouraged a spontaneous moment of self-reflection to those interviewed and created an opportunity to connect with a stranger through expressing this simple truth.
For those viewing the collective responses displayed here in this exhibition, it opens a simple dialogue – a visual vessel through which empathy and inspiration can be shared.
The series is one of five parts forming a larger body of work: “DON’T HURRY, BE HAPPY”
The objective is to counteract the stress of modern, fast-paced living by investigating and presenting various ways of slowing participants down to ‘live in the moment’, helping highlight the simple yet often overlooked joys of life; Interacting and connecting with one another, breathing, igniting your inner child.
The ability to communicate universally forms the driving force behind these ideas and their success to ‘spread happiness’. The content uses photography, illustration, music and film as tools to investigate and present the lowest common denominators of happiness, aiming to shine a ray of light into the lives of those who experience them.
The initiative was made possible by Swiss bag manufacturer FREITAG, who was searching for an ‘Executive Vice Pleasident for Global Happiness’ for their 25th birthday in 2019 and was pleased to find Allan, who for ten years had been investigating the symbolism of a simple jump as a universal vessel of happiness.
Supporting a more sustainable future is at the heart of the FREITAG philosophy which is defined by ‘think and act cycles’, and yes – that includes methods to heighten the abundance of happiness on the planet!
Curator: Urszula Tarasiewicz
Dates: 7.08.2020 – 13.09.2020 (Mon-Sun 12:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Opening: 7.08.2020, 8:45 PM
14.08 7:00 PM Meeting with Allan Dransfield, Pop Up Gallery, 8 Ogrodowa Street
Doron Furman, Façade (The Gallery as an Entity)
Pracownia Portretu, 55/6 Przędzalniana Street
Exposure of Survival
The exhibition is about public awareness and public unconscious. The term “Exposure of Survival” related to this project is to reveal hidden levels of knowledge or stages facts of reality, in relation to post industrial culture. Its goal is to hide its interests, by the constraint of consumption and poverty in mass population.
Setting the separation by curtain-screens represents the difference between interpretation of reality and reality itself, how we should fill the gap? If reality is not revealed by its façade, by an image or any way of externalization or pretension.
This reality is related more to opposing forces, it creates self-definition and identity through separation by force between me as a human entity and the relation to the mass production and consumption.
An example from another field can shed light on the subject, by using biological definitions such as ‘parasite’. The ‘identity’ is the bacterium and the ‘definitions’ are the superconductor. The virus exists in one person and goes out of necessity for survival to a group of people for the purpose of culture growth. It’s one of the ways in which ideology is rooted
In this work, we developed a process of participation in subversive hidden activities.
The visitors will be entering the environment of the gallery space and they will participate in a game of hidden meanings, they will take part in certain and unclear activities.
The risk is to be defined without a choice to belong to the way of thinking leads to actions that are approved by behaviors and actions of evil activities.
The middle class among them artists and art institutions represented by Façade
Appearances refer. Outwardly, the Institute presents a compelling truth, while below – the surface there is an accumulation and assembly defects, hazards, things spoiled.
Things that are not handled properly, the artist is entitled to vote on the ills and faults in power, it’s a matter of choosing between power centers belonging to represent the state enlisted artist and the minority is willing to take the risk and go out into the streets to demonstrate.
The artist is not taking part in an orgy of setting national flags, is a parasitic external cultural body, created alongside productive political culture and reveals what’s in the radical artist tries to reveal the insidious reality and try to create a gut of this culture request for reaction a change in the existing structure and this creates a transformation. While the government’s facade is rigidity, are in no hurry to change and it takes time and a process of gradual disintegration.
But instead of pain, of huge debts, scandals have the possibility of restructuring. The artist can describe things metaphorically. This is not about conservation, but the liquidation, the revival and research. Zoom stagnation of a conciliatory this Façade but of course also daunting.
Dates: 8.08.2020 – 31.08.2020 (by prior arrangement (+48) 668 599 190)
Opening: 8.08.2020, 8:30 PM