04.09.2020 Polish Paradise 2020 at Nida. International Photography Symposium

Once again, thanks to the cooperation with the TIFF Festival in Wrocław and the Photomonth in Krakow, we operate under the brand of Polish Paradise during international photography events in Europe. This year we will show the works and artistic profiles of Lena Dobrowolska, Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss, Dominika Sadowska, Agnieszka Sejud and Karolina Wojtas at the Photographic Symposium in Nida, the ManifestO Festival in Toulouse and the Art Book Fair in Riga.

Polish Paradise is an informal partnership of Polish photo festivals. For over five years, we have been combining knowledge and skills, thanks to which we are obtaining grants to promote Polish photography abroad. So far, this is how Polish photography has reached Arles, Gothenburg, Tbilisi, Hamburg, New York and Paris, where it has been presented in the form of exhibitions, publications, interviews with artists, slide shows and all-night networking meetings, and even in specially prepared motorhomes that traveled half of Europe, delivering positive vibes and news about Polish photography.

This year, meetings were already held as part of the Riga Photomonth. On the Facebook profile you will find 👉 author’s meeting  and👉 the presentation of Polish photo books (telling about other countries). In a moment, an event devoted to Polish photography as part of Nida. International Symposium of Photography. A meeting with Agnieszka Rayss, Dominika Sadowska and Antonina Gugała will be held at this Lithuanian industry event – but also in virtual space. On Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. (Warsaw time, Wilnius time: 6:30 p.m.), we also invite you to our Facebook for the discussion  👉Is the Photo World a Man’s World? with the participation of artists and representatives of photographic events: Maciek Bujko from the TIFF Festival, Joanna Gorlach from Krakow Photomonth and Gintaras Česonis from the Kaunas Art Book Fair. Below, we present the full program of events as part of Polish Paradise in Nida and recommend 👉 the event’s subpage, where you can find information following program at other events in Europe – next stop: Toulouse!

9.09 (Wed) 5-6:15 p.m. (EEST UTC+3)

(VDA Nida Art Colony, E. A. Jonušo str. 3 + online)

artist talks: Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss, Dominika Sadowska, led by Franciszek Ammer – Fotofestiwal Łódź


9.09 (Wed) 6:30-8 p.m. (EEST UTC+3)

(VDA Nida Art Colony, E. A. Jonušo str. 3 + online)

discussion panel: “Is the Photo World a Man’s World?”

guests: Maciej Bujko – TIFF Festival in Wrocław, Joanna Gorlach – Kraków Photomonth, Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss, led by Gintaras Česonis – Kaunas Art Book Fair

Who are we as festivals’ organisers to the female artists? Are we supporting them? Is the role of festivals creating equal opportunities and strengthening the position of female artists? Do female artists feel inequalities in the photo world? What functions do festivals fulfill in this context? What do female artists expect from us as festivals’ organisers and from the photo world?


8-12.09, Nida Art Colony Library

presentation: “Hands-on Polish Photobooks”, 

1 table, 4 hands and 10 books. A virtual table presenting Polish photobooks with the voice narration of Franciszek Ammer from Fotofestiwal in Łódź and Michał Leśniowski from Kraków Photomonth. Curators will share ten Polish photobooks published in the last few years. The selection focuses on foreign countries – how are they seen by Polish artists. With just a few moves of the hand, we will travel to India, USA, Hungary, North Korea among others and discuss different approaches to other’s countries politics, history, society and environment. We will also reflect if Polish background influences how these countries are seen and represented by photography. The photobooks will be available at Nida Art Colony Library for the whole Symposium.


12.09 (Sat) 7 p.m. (EEST UTC+3), Nida Art Colony

slideshow with works from Polish photobooks

Slideshow presenting contemporary Polish photobook projects from the last few years and in the second part historic female photographers from Poland. The selection is prepared by curators: Michał Leśniowski – Kraków Photomonth and Franciszek Ammer – Fotofestiwal in Łódź.




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