What is hidden behind the need to collect, own and catalogue photographs? Can collecting become an obsession? What is the value of the photographs we want to keep with us? Although the dates and final shape of the festival is still yet unknown, we can be sure what is the theme that it is all being build around: unusual, original, bold photo collections.
During this year’s edition of Fotofestiwal, we will present work of extraordinary collectors. All of them have been building their unique collections for years, making them very original compilations of photographs, selected based on their own, idiosyncratic criteria and often originating from surprising sources. Thanks to their determination, passion and obsession, they have managed to create inspiring stories about the contemporary society and breakthrough moments in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In the case of W.M. Hunt’s collection, including the works of such artists as Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe or Robert Frank, it was not the authors’ names that brought these photographs to the exhibition, but… the shapes of letters formed by the photographed people and objects. Jean-Marie Donat will present to the festival audience the new exhibition of his vast collections of amateur photography, called Self portrait of XX century. Repeated motifs (dressed-up pets, people posing with cards or with a white bear) in these photographs will certainly prompt us to think about the image of ourselves in the 20th century. On the other hand, the works from Antoine de Galbert’s impressive collection of more than 3000 photographs have been selected to show the western civilization from a global and political perspective. The exhibition, to be displayed in Muzeum Sztuki (Museum of Art), will include works of politically and socially engaged artists, such as Christian Boltanski, Jonathan Horowitz, David Goldblatt or Yoho Tsuda. There will also be an opportunity to reflect on everyday life and all those seemingly unphotogenic moments brought closer to us by one of the most interesting collections of vernacular photography, Hungarian Fotepan.hu, which has its roots… in a dust bin.
The festival programme for this year has been – and actually still is being – developed by the programme council of Fundacja Edukacji Wizualnej: Franek Ammer, Krzysztof Candrowicz, Justyna Kociszewska and Marta Szymańska. Make sure you CLICK HERE! to see the full list of this year’s exhibitions and curators desciriptions.
This years (as last year) key visual is prepared together with graphic design studio and creative agency Progressivo.