The 20th Fotofestiwal will be devoted to Łódź. It is prepared jointly by curators, activists, artists, universities and students from Łódź. Together, we will create a story about the city and its fascinating history in which the creative activity of avant-garde artists is intertwined with the popular working-class culture. The programme will include both exhibitions referring to the local history, e.g. photographs of textile factory workers who contributed to building the city’s character, as well as presentations of the most interesting achievements of Łódź artists.
The main part of the programme is being created under the watchful eye of Józef Robakowski and is dedicated to the art scene of Łódź. Exhibitions will be displayed in Art_Inkubator at 3 Tymienieckiego street, as well as in galleries and informal spots all around the city. In the second festival centre, the Baruch factory at 43/45 Więckowskiego street, exhibitions devoted to the history and contemporary spaces of the city will be shown. There will also be a special event – an exhibition of photographs from the collection of Muzeum Sztuki (Museum of Art) in Łódź, organised jointly by the festival and the Museum. This exceptional collection of photographs gathered over the years by Urszula Czartoryska will be presented in ms2 at 19 Ogrodowa Street. Like every year, international projects will be exhibited, too. The festival programme will include, among others, a group exhibition of the finalists of the Fotofestiwal Open Program, presentations of the European photographic platforms Parallel and Futures, and exhibitions of photographers who have been invited for artistic residence in Łódź.
The Łódź art scene is based primarily on bottom-up, often anarchistic and anti-system initiatives, it is also a result of collective work and combined energy – all these will also drive the jubilee edition of Fotofestiwal.