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Łódź
CITY PROGRAM

CITY PROGRAM

TIME
May/June 2021
OPENING
The opening hours are given with each description of the exhibition
ENTRANCE
Information is provided with each description of the exhibition

Tomasz Matuszak, Histerium, Videostill, 2021

Aleksandra Chciuk, 2013-2021

Mandy Barker, Lodz, June 2018

Artur Chrzanowski Hiszpańskie schody z cyklu Pocztówki 2002

Bogdan Konopka, z cyklu Sukienka, 2013

Fotografia z zakładu „St._Piotrowicz”

Joanna Debowska, Homo homini Lupus, V, 2020

Anna Zagrodzka, 2019

Karolina Jakóbczak

Magdalena Moskwa, courtesy of the artist, Untitled no. 89

Marcelo Zammenhoff, "Marcelo - Portret indust", 1995

MARIIA SNISARENKO, śmietniknazarzewie

Władysław Grochowski, monidło

Sebastian Collett, Ghost Fugue

HISTERIUM
Tomasz Matuszak, Irena Zieniewicz 

curator: Jerzy Grzegorski

Histerium is an attempt to face the subject of the resignation syndrome that affects children and young refugees in a situation of permanent limbo and irresolvable living conditions in refugee camps and centers. It is characterized by the fact that people in these places fall into a kind of coma. This situation is presented in a multimedia exhibition by Irena Zieniewicz and juxtaposed with the photographic and video works of Tomasz Matuszak, which refer to the situation of apathy and inability to act in pandemic times. The works of both artists enter into a kind of dialogue, they complement each other and oscillate around the problem of withdrawal, abandonment and lethargy.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Wschodnia Gallery
Wschodnia 29/3 (1st floor)
https://www.facebook.com/galeria.wschodnia
www.wschodnia.art

OPENING DATE
05.06.2021 godz. 19:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
05.06 – 24.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
week: 16:00-18:00, weekend: 12:00-18:00

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PANOPTICUM
Mariusz Sołtysik, Wiktor Polak, Aleksandra Chciuk, Adam Klimczak 

curator: Mariusz Sołtysik

The exhibition Panopticon is a collection of individual interpretations of the medium of photography, which in this case is only a point of reference to the current activities of the artists and the residential spaces they have developed in the premises at 29 Wschodnia Street The installations and objects are intended as a discreet dialogue between the artists and the areas of the exhibition sites they have chosen. The natural expression of the interiors and the equipment accumulated in them becomes part of the game with art and the artists’ proposals.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Wschodnia 29/18

OPENING DATE
05.06.2021, godz. 19:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
05.06 – 27.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 17-19 or: 793 434 420, Sat-Sun 14-18 or: 793 434 420

ACCOMPANYING EVENT
27.06, 14:00 Curatorial tour and meeting with artists, Wschodnia 29/18

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TOUGH LOVE
Jan Barnaś, Dawid Furkot, Tomasz Jeziorski, Wojciech Kamerys, Patrycja Maciaszek, Anna Madeńska, Hanna Musiałek, Szymon Perzanowski, Michał Szufla, Julia Szwed

curator: Dominika Sadowska

A place to which one longs, while staying somewhere else – even though it seems that everywhere else is better, that it is better everywhere. This love is difficult. It is easy to mistake it for pity. Being here. Trying to tame these old streets – troughs left by dried up rivers. Getting to know the local dialect, which belongs to the languages that function only in close symbiosis with the expression of the eyes. Walking along the streets, being careful not to be absorbed by the walls.

Exhibition by students of the Institute of Photography and Multimedia of Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz.

EXHIBITION PLACE
ASP Gallery

GALLERY ADDRESS 
Piotrkowska 68
https://www.facebook.com/GaleriaASPPiotrkowska

OPENING DATE
10.06, 17:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
10.06 – 25.06

OPENING HOURS 
11:00-18:00 (Tue-Fri), 11:00-15:00 (Sat)

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REGRESSIVE ARCHIVE
Marcelo Zammenhoff 

The author’s exhibition of Marcelo Z., summarizing the most interesting, selected legacy and original photographic documentation. The works will be partially related to the author’s main place of activity, i.e. Łódź, as well as Berlin, and post-industrial times, when these activities exploded. Many of the photos are artistic mobile journeys.There are people in the photos, but also pure technical, urban and natural landscapes, especially in the case of panoramic collages. The range of the presented photographic series covers the period from around 1990 to today, i.e. 31 years. Several works have been already presented at Fotofestiwal in Lodz, but this is only a small part of the wide spectrum of the author’s interests: from aviation aesthetics, through important social problems, to provocation and mystification. There will also be a few video works that fit into insightful and metaphysical photography. The exhibition is definitely a contradiction of monothematic minimalism in art, which is regretted by the author, who would like to be a simple person.

https://marcelozi.wix.com/marcelo-zammenhoff
http://www.artysci-lodzkie.pl/pl/artysta/z/marcelo-zammenhoff

EXHIBITION PLAC
Galeria OFF Piotrkowska, Piotrkowska 138/140

OPENING DATE
11.06.2021, 21:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
11.06.2021 – 26.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
13:00 – 19:00

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
curatorial tour: 14.06.2021, 17:00

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THE DODGY END. ALL QUIET IN ŁÓDŹ
Frakcja artists: Monika Czarska, Alicja Kujawska, Roksana Kularska-Król, Anka Leśniak, Izabela Maciejewska, Aurelia Mandziuk, Beata Marcinkowska, Marta Ostajewska and guests  – Smutne Kobiety – artistic duo by Izabela Robakowska and Joanna Szumacher

curators: Monika Czarska, Alicja Kujawska, Roksana Kularska-Król, Anka Leśniak, Izabela Maciejewska, Aurelia Mandziuk, Beata Marcinkowska, Marta Ostajewska

Artistic projects in Łódź lose their pace with gusto. After the Construction in Process, mostly destructs are left, nowhere one can see the collection of works or the archive of Łódź artists… So nothing works out in Łódź? In the Dodgy End … Added Value project, the artists from Frakcja all-women artists group pose a question about the relationship between the artistic tradition of Łódź and the present day and its current creative environment. They ask how today’s Łódź creators deal with the undebatable and at the same time mythologized avant-garde tradition of Łódź. The Frakcja works in the urban fabric, combining it with a critical look at the photographic medium. The artists redefine the concept of the negative and refer to the issue of researching / creating subjective archives in the context of the city’s artistic past and present.

organisation: Łódzka Okręgowa Izba Architektów RP
Konrad Karmański – przewodniczący Rady ŁOIA
prof. Robert Sobański – wiceprzewodniczący Rady ŁOIA

EXHIBITION PLACE
Architecture Station. Courtesy the Polish Architects Council
Północna 12

OPENING DATE
28.05, 20:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
28.05 – 1.06.2021

OPENING HOURS 
16:00 – 19:00

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#trashcanonthezarzew IN VINO VERITAS
Mariia Snisarenko (Ukraine)

#trashcanonthezarzew 
When the world began to burn, and police cars circled between the blockhouses, announcing “stay at home, stay at home!”, the only attraction of the outside world was taking out the rubbish. What a strange pleasure to see what people, sometimes, throw out to the trash. You can observe the fashion that was years ago. The old, identical, modular furniture from the Polish People’s Republic’s times is taken out to the trash and replaced with new ones modular, identical furniture from IKEA. Old climatic mirrors put out to replace them with new ones. Replacing wooden windows with plastic ones. Discarded non-flat TVs. Things that are valuable for someone are nothing for others. There are those lonely windows and mirrors waiting for the truck to come up and take them away. And If you will be attentive you will see that there is a pandemic world reflected on their surfaces.  And sometimes, people passing by.  And I am, like a local madwoman, catches my reflection on these surfaces by my camera.

 

IN VINO VERITAS
What is the most important thing in life? Maybe these personal moments, warm memories, sentiments, passion. Passion sometimes becomes the meaning of our lives and keeps us close to it. Grandpa Albert is an engineer in past, 88 years old, and he has cancer. Every time he gets a seizure and is chained to the bed, he says he will have to get up soon because he will have to harvest the grape. It is necessary to save all the vitamins from that grapes in the magic medicine that is wine. And he does it, he fights cancer to do everything himself, from planting and caring for grapevines to picking grapes, pressing, fermenting, bottling and pouring wine when the family gatherings. Many years of experiments with taste, aroma, selection of natural ingredients growing under the warm Black Sea sun of southern Ukraine – it is not just wine. It is bottled love. Love for experiments, for nature, for loved ones. A series of photos showing the intimate part of Albert’s life, initiation in his laboratory, where even family members are not allowed in because this room is his soul. It is the passion that kept him alive for the last 30 years.

EXHIBITION PLACE
KIPISZ
Piotrkowska 282 – entry from Reymont Park
www.kipisz.pl

OPENING DATE
4.06, 19.00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
4.06 – 30.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
Mon: closed / Tue- Thu: 10:00 – 21:00 / Fri-Sun: 10:00- 23:00

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MULTIPLE PORTRAIT
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

curator: Grzegorz Musiał

Photography, like writing, was a field of Witkacy’s creative activity which accompanied him throughout his adult life. At the end of the 1990s, he wrote his first dramatic works and philosophical essays that can be treated as youthful manifestos. The metaphysical mystery of Being as a whole, as the artist writes, and the psychophysical Individual Beings immersed in it, emerges as the ultimate motivation for all creative endeavors. Around 1900, the first photographic series were also created, which he continued in many ways until the end of the 1930s. Early creativity focuses on the awareness of the image of the world around it and the psychological studies of the portrayed people. in a way, an image of the consciousness of a mature creator. In this case, the recording of the image is a secondary activity, a purely technical operation, usually done by the artist’s friends. The exhibition will show selected series from both periods of creativity, about 70 photographs. they come from the collection of the Signum Foundation and private collection.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Signum Foundation Gallery
Piotrkowska 85
www.signum.art.pl

OPENING DATE
11.06,  17.00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
12.06 – 10.07

OPENING HOURS
Tue – Fri 15.00 – 19.00

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WALK IN SYNCHRONICITY
Bartłomiej Talaga

Walk in Synchronicity– provoking and discovering coincidences that, seemingly insignificant, become revelations. With a bit of luck, photography can recall them as echoes of moments experienced. Walking around and constantly returning to the same energetic and private places is a sign that the Universe is playing with us.

The question remains: who is a creator? Is the creator the designer of memories who arranges important, intense and authentic situations on the grid of his or her own beliefs? Or perhaps the creator is a flâneur? With these questions in mind, I walked around Polesie – the district of Łódź where I live. Its name in Polish comes from merging the words “after” and “forest”. Here, nature, the urban fabric, people – everything blends differently, more gently. Memories overlap and resonate… In this place, I can see the fusion of the old and the new, I record images and traces. Perhaps I am just a child here, looking for the perfect stick to play with?

The project will be presented in several spots: galleries and local cultural centers. I want to encourage the viewer to walk along the established track. The center of events will be Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki, where the visual part of the project will be available in the form of a  site-specific exhibition and photobook. The multimedia event will be enriched by the sounds of “Brash” perform by Aleksandra Chciuk, Mateusz Wysocki, Filip Gabriel Pudło i Bartłomiej Talaga.

www.bartlomiejtalaga.pl
https://www.instagram.com/bart_te/?hl=pl

EXHIBITION PLACE
Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki and Polesie district

GALLERY ADDRESS
Krzemieniecka 2A

OPENING DATE
13.06, 19:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
13.06 – 26.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00
Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00

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PHOTO-WEAVING
Students and prof. Izabela Łapińska / Film Art Organization at the Lodz Film School

curator: Izabela Łapińska

There are places in Lodz where you cannot walk through without removing the camera from the bag. The photogenic city is usually perceived through its ugliness. Of course, ugliness is artistically attractive, but it is not the main nature of Lodz. Lodz is not trivial, Lodz is different, it has always been. It is its uniqueness that attracts sensitive people, those who feel and see more than others. Students of the Film Art Organization Department looked through the camera lens at the city with tenderness. (Prof. Izabela Łapińska)

Exhibition of photographs took by students of Film Art Organization Department of PWSFTviT in Lodz was realized under the supervision of prof. dr hab. Izabela Łapińska. It is a photographic “weaving” of stories about the city of Lodz, in the past, during transformation, and in the present. The metaphorically understood activity of “weaving photos” is the result of an attentive, modern walk around the city, and also a memory of its history. We would like to invite you to this emotional walk. (Beata Lisowska, Culture Centre of the University of Lodz)

EXHIBITION PLACE
Stróżówka Gallery / Culture Center of the University of Lodz

GALLERY ADDRESS
Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 11
https://www.facebook.com/centrumkulturyul

OPENING DATE
9.06.2021, 19.00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
9.06.2021 – 25.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
Mon – Fri, 10.00-15.00

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THE CASE OF LODZ
Artur Chrzanowski

curator: Małgorzata Dzięgielewska

The exhibition “The Case of Łódź” by Artur Chrzanowski is an attempt to summarize the artist’s creative achievements to date. In the historic interiors of the Art Nouveau building, which currently houses the Gallery Willa of the City Art Gallery in Łódź, the artist will show most of the photographic series that he has created in the last 20 years of his artistic activity, also accompanied by videos and installations.

The artist has made photography the main means of his artistic expression. He has long been exploring its potential as a medium allowing for recording the surrounding reality. Among the photographic series at the exhibition we will see: “Monuments”, “Views from the Window”, “Postcards 2002/2009/2016”, “Light from the East”, “Collection from Łódź. Protective Colouration” or “Street Patrol”.

What is extremely important in Chrzanowski’s work is the “unique and personal message” that each work conveys. The artist uses the means of artistic expression available nowadays, nevertheless he applies them in a remarkably spare way. The viewer receives a concise, synthetic but extremely insightful, often ironic message, addressing contemporary socio-cultural problems, often perceived in terms of history, identity of people or places.

For years Chrzanowski has been oscillating around a few thematic areas important for him, which he divides into zones: the place, the archive, time, the word and silence. What is significant for him is the city in which he decided to stay after his studies – Łódź, which is the theme of most of his works, as in the series “Street Patrol” started in 2000, created, as the artist puts it, “out of the desire to comment on the surrounding reality in the context of observing the subconscious anxiety of the turn of the century and the accompanying fear of the future”, or in the site-specific work “Genius loci” from 2009, where the artist asked questions about the “spirit of the place” in which he lives.

According to the artist, art is “part of everyday life… Art can help you understand something, make you aware of something, remind you of something, which sometimes happens at a particular moment of contact with a painting, a book, a film, a piece of music, a performance…”

EXHIBITION PLACE
The City Art Gallery in Łódź – Villa Gallery
Wólczańska 31
www.mgslodz.pl
http://mgslodz.pl/wystawy/artur-chrzanowski-445.html

OPENING DATE
14.05, 11:00 (online)

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
15.05.2021 – 13.06.2021

OPENING HOURS
Villa Gallery: Tue – Fri 11.00-18.00; Sat – Sun 11.00-17.00; tickets: normal: 6 PLN; reduced: 4 PLN; Thu – free entrance

3.06.2021
closed

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
12.06, 11:00 meeting with Artur Chrzanowski

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MAREK SZYRYK. THE BEAUTY OF LIFE
Marek Szyryk

curator: Dariusz Leśnikowski

Marek Szyryk returns to the past. He uses old photographs he took when he was young to enhance his memories. He confronts these traces with contemporary photographs, provoking reflections on eternal and universal human dreams, aspirations and the need for their later confrontation with reality. The world of childlike and youthful play, characterized by an active presence, is filled with the joy of the experienced moment, the need for friendship and acceptance.  Unpretentious games with unrestrained imagination contrast with the reality of mundane everyday life from decades ago. Moments captured in a still frame create a vision of the land of freedom, happiness and carefree lifestyle imbued with spontaneity and courage.

The photographs taken by young Marek Szyryk, in spite of their unpretentiousness and optimistic tone, sometimes recklessness, are surprisingly mature and technically correct. The young photographer has a great intuition for composing shots, both the static ones and those caught in motion, he uses various points of view. He also knows how to capture the specificity and mood of the moment in a reporter’s manner. More than one hundred photos presented at the exhibition manifest the conviction about the beauty of life, create a vision of the world as if detached from the dull reality, driven by its own principles of youth, filled with the need for bliss. At the same time, the young protagonists dream of the future, in which they believe they will one day come across as heroes, protagonists of more serious dramas.

The archival aspect is developed in a series of contemporary Polaroids obtained by the author thanks to an Internet project. Here, again, the land of childhood is set apart from the surrounding adult context and also acquires a symbolic dimension. Thus, the artist bridges the gap between the past and the present. Marek Szyryk’s nostalgic journey has a deeply personal and sentimental character, but his reflections also make us reminisce and cause regret for the lost time and unfulfilled dreams. Despite the fact that they are deeply personal, they strike a universal note.

EXHIBITION PLACE
The City Art Gallery in Łódź – Centre of Art Promotion
H. Sienkiewicza 44
www.mgslodz.pl

OPENING DATE
25.06, 11:00 (online)

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
25.06 – 22.08

OPENING HOURS 
Tue – Fri 11.00-18.00; Sat – Sun 11.00-17.00; tickets: normal: 6 PLN; reduced: 4 PLN; Thu – free entrance

AACOMPANYING EVENTS
27.06, 12:00 meeting with Marek Szyryk

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ALL THAT BEAUTY
Katarzyna Wąsowska, Anna Zagrodzka

Photographs of Łódź sculptures from two books published by New Culture and Education association, ‘Tyle piękna” by Maria Nowakowska. In the first part, photos of Anna Zagrodzka’s outdoor sculptures were presented, in this year’s number two, the sculptural part of Łódź is visited by Katarzyna Wąsowska in her works.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Centrum Promocji i Rozwoju Inicjatyw Obywatelskich OPUS
Prezydenta Gabriela Narutowicza 8/10
https://www.facebook.com/galeriaWY/

OPENING DATE
4.06, 12:00 – 18:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
4.06 – 18.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 9:30 – 14:30

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
18.06, 18:30 meeting with Maria Nowakowska about the book: Tyle piękna. O łódzkich rzeźbach w przestrzeni miejskiej., Biblioteka Publiczna, ul. Narutowicza 8/10

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MAN IS WOLF TO MAN?
Joanna Dębowska

curator: Marek Herbik

The presented works take up the subject of human nature, and more specifically, they reflect the views of Thomas Hobbes on human nature. The question is asked in connection with the well-known and identified with the name of this philosopher sentence: homo homini lupus est. The answers turn out to be more complex and lead to the conclusion that the main motive of human action is fear.
Presented works are a diploma from Prof. M. Herbik’s Studio of Photography and Digital Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Dom Literatury, Roosevelta 17

OPENING DATE
9.06, 17:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
9.06 – 27.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00
Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS OF ŁÓDŹ INHABITANTS FROM THE ATELIERS OF THE CITY’S PHOTOGRAPHIC INSTITUTIONS

Human memory is so fleeting… Events that are not described disappear together with the last witnesses of their occurrence, and people die and often nobody remembers about them later. One of the few things they later leave behind is an old photograph, a small cardboard box with the image of a person recorded in a split second by the photographer.

The richness of portrait photography, its forms and diversity still amaze everyone today. They are an irreplaceable source of knowledge about the life of former Łódź inhabitants, their tastes, professions, family holidays celebrated in a unique way. They also have a lot to say about the fashion of the past years, how people dressed, what items accompanied people every day and on holidays. This is an important iconographic document for us, which significantly complements the knowledge about our city.

Portrait photography was the most popular type of photography, born out of the human need to immortalise one’s image, loved ones or friends. Such companies were often multi-departmental enterprises, employing up to a dozen workers. Apart from the photographer, they employed, among others, a retoucher, bookbinder, copyist, operator or poser. Photographs were taken in elegant photographic gazebos (later called atelier or studio-atelier) resembling boudoirs or salons. Various artistic or everyday objects were used for portrait photography. Often their characteristic element was a glass ceiling, which illuminated the room. Photographic screens were hung behind the photographed figures. These were usually canvases with painted views of mountain landscapes, garden gazebos, caves, antique columns, galleries, residential interiors, etc.

The family company “A.A.Bielski” in Łódź – founded in 1903, is still based at the same address at 43 Legionów Street and 6 Wolności Square, being the oldest, incessantly operating photographic workshop in our city. 

The precursor of photography in the Bielski family was Adam Aleksander Bielski (1878-1932) (his initials are in the factory’s name), son of a weaver from Pabianice. Already at the age of 25 (i.e. in 1903), he opened his own photographic studio in Pabianice at 5 Zamkowa Street. It was there that Adam Aleksander trained his younger brother, Ludwik (1891-1977). The use of glass gazebos and in 1909, the Bielski brothers moved their workshop to Łódź at 42 Aleksandrowska Street. The Bielski’s workshop was awarded with medals during the 1914 exhibition in Rostov, which is evident from the advertisements placed on the backs of their more luxurious products.  Stanisław Bielski also took part in a photographic exhibition of professional and amateur photographers in Łódź organised by YMCA in Łódź in 1949. The company was distinguished from other photographers by the props prepared and arranged by Adam Aleksander in his atelier, as well as by the outdoor portraits which gave an unexpected effect of “naturalness”. In addition to a representative set of old photographs of the “A.A.Bielski” company, selected portraits of other Łódź famous factories are also presented from the collections of Wikimedia Commons, a free multimedia repository – the Museum of the City of Łódź.

Bibliography and sources: J. Strzałkowski “History of photography in Łódź until 1944”
Website of “A.A. Bielski” – http://ot-foto.blogspot.com/2014/07/aabielski-najduzej-dziaajacy-zakad.html
http://baedekerlodz.blogspot.com/2018/02/f-jak-fotografia-pierwsi-fotografowie-w.html

EXHIBITION PLACE
Plac Wolności 6

OPENING DATE
23.06, 21:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
23.06 – 30.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun 10:00 – 20:00

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DIGITAL IMAGES
Krzysztof Cichosz, Barbara Konopka, Robert Mainka, Tomasz Mażewski, Wiesław Michalak, Igor Omulecki, Józef Robakowski, Tomasz Wysocki, Witosław Ziemiszewski

initiator: Józef Robakowski

During the deepening cultural globalization, including de-territorialization, an analogous phenomenon is usually the need for identification and identity determination. 

In the field of art, a significant form of nurturing locality is the cooperation of artists connected with a given idea, place or discipline, as in the case of artists meeting at a joint exhibition Digital Images as part of the Reincarnation event.

Although the pretext for this cooperation is the 20th edition of the Łódź Fotofestiwal, it is not the first time that artists connected with Łódź have come together in creative work. Especially, these nine authors of the Digital Images exhibition can be identified with the Łódź avant-garde groups that paid tribute to reality, such as Jung Jidysz and later the Warsztat Formy Filmowej (Film Form Workshop), whose members not only co-created in Łódź, but also searched for new phenomena in art.

The collection of digital images gathered in the exhibition is a cognitive journey deep into the term itself, from the mental digital image, through its multi-factor analysis, to the one generated live. Almost all of them are connected to the Łódź Film School, that is they are experienced in working with the real image. Now, they digitize it or create it again digitally in various ways.

Marta Miaskowska PhD

EXHIBITION PLACE
The City Art Gallery in Łódź – Centre of Art Promotion

GALLERY ADDRESS
H. Sienkiewicza 44

OPENING DATE
online opening at gallery’s fb: 06.05.2021, 11.00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
06.05 – 17.06.2021

OPENING HOURS 
Tue – Fri: 11.00 – 18.00; Sat, Sun: 11.00 – 17.00; tickets: normal: 6 PLN; reduced: 4 PLN; Thu – free entrance

3.06.2021
closed

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
meeting with Józef Robakowski: 12.06.2021, 13:00

GALLERY WEBSITE
www.mgslodz.pl

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„Światło i mrok. Fotografie Bogdana Konopki”
Bogdan Konopka

curators: Paweł Żak, Jacqueline Konopka, Magdalena Świątczak

GALLERY WEBSITE
http://www.galeriaff.infocentrum.com/

EXHIBITION PLACE
Imaginarium Gallery – Łódzki Dom Kultury

GALLERY ADDRESS
ul. Traugutta 18

OPENING DATE
12.06.2021, 18:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
12.06.2021 – 25.07.2021

OPENING HOURS
13, 19, 26, 27.06. 2021 (Sat and Sun) – 12.00 – 18.00 / Mon – closed / Rest: Tue-Sat 14.00 – 18.00

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
curatorial meeting: 18.06, 16.00; curatorial meeting online: 27.06, 16.00

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DARIUSZ BIEŃKOWSKI’S COLLECTION OF EVENTS
Zdzisław Beksiński, Zbigniew Dłubak, Wojciech Fangor, Karol Hiller, Jerzy Lewczyński, Jadwiga Maziarska, Henryk Stażewski, Zygmunt Rytka, Wacław Szpakowski

initiator: Józef Robakowski

For Dariusz Bieńkowski his COLLECTION OF EVENTS is a fascinating creative process. As he says, it allows him to forget about the world around. Treating it as a lifelong passion, you can busy yourself with it forever. However, there are many who have decided to do it. Is collecting worth the effort? It probably is. Mostly it is a thoroughly risky intention. It does not have to be socially and financially respected at all. Collecting for its own sake generally ends in serious frustration. It is good if the COLLECTION is one of a kind. Undoubtedly, Dariusz Bieńkowski has created such a unique collection.

He must have known that in the multimedia era it has to be multi-faceted, but also has to have an analytical line, a kind of “open” order. Therefore, he thoughtfully looks for a variety of vital events in contemporary culture that can make sense of his collection. Thanks to such a concept, it has a living tissue in it. We constantly need it, it fulfills the role of our own open gallery. The owner assumes that curators can include this collection in various explorative exhibitions. What is particularly important, Dariusz Bieńkowski’s private collection is of exceptionally high quality. It has acquired the status of a serious museum piece and thus has already been successfully exhibited in many museums and galleries all over Poland, e.g. in Poznań, Wrocław, Warsaw, Cracow, Łódź, Sopot and Orońsko.

The collection comprises, among others, the works by: Karol Hiller, Wacław Szpakowski, Stefan Themerson, Jadwiga Maziarska, Wojciech Fangor, Henryk Stażewski, Ryszard Winiarski, Zdzisław Beksiński, Andrzej Pawłowski, Zbigniew Dłubak, Teresa Murak, Gerard Kwiatkowski, Bronisław Szlabs, Zofia Rydet, Marek Piasecki, Kajetan Sosnowski, Koji Kamoji, Jerzy Lewczyński, Jadwiga Sawicka, Stefan Wojnecki, Barbara Konopka, Zdzisław Jurkiewicz, Karolina Breguła, Zbigniew Gostomski, Włodzimierz Borowski, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Alicja Żebrowska, Dominik Lejman, Krzysztof M. Bednarski, Zbigniew Rybczyński and a large collection of photographic works of Grupa Zero-6 (Andrzej Różycki, Jerzy Wardak, Wojciech Bruszewski, Wiesław Wojczulanis, Michał Kokot, Antoni Mikołajczyk and Józef Robakowski).

EXHIBITION PLAC
The City Art Gallery in Łódź – Villa Gallery

GALLERY ADDRES
Wólczańska 31

GALLERY WEBSITE
www.mgslodz.pl

OPENING HOURS
Tue – Fri 11:00 – 18:00; Sat, Sun 11:00 – 17:00; ticket: normal: 6 PLN; reduced: 4 PLN; Thu – free entrance

OPENING DATE
opening online at gallery’s fb: 18.06.2021, 11.00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
18.06 – 18.07.2021

ACCOMAPNYING EVENTS
meeting with Józef Robakowski: 20.06.2021, 12.00

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HONEY CUBES IN SUMMER
Marta Ostajewska

Księży Młyn is a place where time flows a little slower, between a rusty pump, a row of historic poplars and a factory clock. It is measured by disappearing names, pictures, yellowing negative memories, smells. Honey cubes in summer are meetings recreated in the body and sounds. Performance for moments, smells, sounds of the area. Disappearing choreographies resonate in the body – meetings with those who no longer exist. The body as an archive. Dirt floor full of footprints. Barefoot. Because before entering the house of scheiblers, you have to take off your shoes. And then dance.

Pictures from the dance party at Księży Młyn, “Let’s make the last day of summer,” and sounds from the audio-tours around Księży Młyn, “Roadside – stories trampled down”.

Activity participants are asked to remove their shoes before entering the installation space.
Performance: Marta Ostajewska, cinematography: Anita Andrzejczak, sounds: Justyna Banaszczyk,
video & editing: Adam Musiałowicz

EXHIBITION PLACE
Pracownia Portretu, ul. Przędzalniana 55

OPENING DATE
12.06, 19:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
12.06 – 3.07

OPENING HOURS
The exhibition is opened after prior telephone contact on the number: 668 599 190

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LOTS OF ROSES
Magdalena Moskwa

The exhibition of Magdalena Moskwa (winner of the Jan Cybis Prize for 2020) Lots of Roses evokes topics that have been present in the artist’s work for a long time, but in the context of a pandemic, they acquire additional meanings.

The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, embroideries, and photographs of the costumes designed by the author in the years 1995-2020 (pandemic disguises that discovered the new potential of these clothes). It is complemented by olfactory objects and perfumes composed of essential oils for antiviral protection. The images of flowers, which will be a connecting motif, are to relieve the medical climate of the pandemic and some objects, and bring something pleasant to the exhibition, even on the border of decorative.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Galeria Olimpus, Kościuszki 24

OPENING DATE
9.06, 18:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
9.06 – 6.07

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-14:00

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THE YEAR 2039
Marcin Polak

Can good people become bad? What circumstances can make them change in this way? Who can provoke that?

I am asking these questions to reflect on whether evil is in our genes, or is it born under the influence of an external impulse. Do we ever consciously choose the wrong side, the side of evil? Or maybe we are simple born on the other side of the border, where we are slowly and imperceptibly pulled into the cogs of a speeding propaganda machine? 

Is a hate machine working this time, seventy-six years after World War II ended, on our side of the border?

Life is like a movie. We play different roles in it and often we are made to play them by someone else. Evil and hatred do not always grow in us on their own. It is up to our decision and self-consciousness whether we allow ourselves to be cast as villans, or we write our own script.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Piotrkowska 8

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 16:00-19:00
Sat-Sun 15:00-18:00

OPENING DATE
5.06, 20:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
5.06 – 14.06

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ŁÓDZKIE CZTERY STRONY ŚWIATA
Agnieszka Kołodziejczak, Olgierd Koczorowski, Marek Krzysztof Lasecki, Karolina Jakóbczak

4 sides of Łódź.
4 people.
4 points of view.
4 stories.

4 sides of Łódź is a metaphor that defines four different relations between the photographer and Łódź as four points of view on the city of Łódź. Each of these people tells with their photos how they see and feel Łódź. Each of these relationships is unique and one of a kind.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Galeria MEOK, Piotrkowska 46

OPENING DATE
11.06 18:30 (online)

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
11.06-26.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 16:00-19:00, Sat 11:00-15:00

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INTERIOR/EXTERIOR: A VISUAL COLLECTIVE JOURNAL OF ŻYTNIA STREET FACADES
Marta Łącka, współpraca Monika Kotecka / Marta Łącka, co artist Monika Kotecka

curator: Michał Bieżyński, Aleksandra Ignasiak

What we remember—and how we remember—is a space that constitutes a large part of our identity.

Together with the people living on Żytnia Street in Łódź, I have been experimenting with exploring this space and reconstructing their memories using photography to see what I can find once it is unveiled.So, I have been building a collection of images that will soon become a publicly available visual collective journal. I have created a place where dialogue is born. First between the originator of the project and the residents of Żytnia—who become performers and co-authors while simultaneously being the material themselves—and then between the collection of images created through our efforts and the viewer.

The people of Żytnia share a memory or a keepsake with me, and then I photograph the representations of these mementoes in the form of physical objects or reconstructed events. I take only one photo of each, using a medium format camera. I develop the images via traditional photographic methods on fabric and then fuse them onto the facades of buildings on the street, where they are exposed to sunlight, rain, and time. And so they fade, fragment, transform, and ultimately disappear . . . as memories do.

a work in progress

EXHIBITION PLACE
Żytnia Street, Łódź

OPENING DATE
25.06, 17:00

OPENING HOURS
exhibition in a public space

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MONIDŁA

Presentation of a unique collection of hand-colored portraits. The author of the collection is Władysław Grochowski

EXHIBITION PLACE
Galeria Fotografii ŁTF, Piotrkowska 102

OPENING DATE
8.06, 17:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
8.06 – 28.06

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00
Sat 10:00-14:00

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SUSTENTAR
Elisa Azevedo, Evgenia Emets, Margarida Reis Pereira, Maria Oliveira, Nuno Barroso, Sam Mountford

curators: Krzysztof Candrowicz, Pablo Berástegui, Virgílio Ferreira

Sustentar is a platform created by Ci.CLO to promote the development of video and photographic projects that offer an artistic viewpoint of experimental initiatives in the area of sustainability. This first edition showcases the works by six artists, and their personal takes on six initiatives in Portugal that define themselves as sustainable proposals for a renewed interaction with our planet. 

Full of Light, Elisa Azevedo
Visual exploration of the experience of the integration of sunlight capturing systems in Évora’s electrical grid with the goal of creating an energetically self-sustaining city. The images of Full of Light capture and express the sunlight, appropriating the optical phenomena of absorption and reflection.

Art of Shading the Sun, Evgenia Emets
Art of Shading the Sun addresses the synergies created over the centuries between a community and a landscape. This is a gaze that looks at us from Mértola in the year 2121 to highlight our contradictory practices and contrast different approaches, such as extractivist explorations and the regenerative approaches that now try to address the problem of severe desertification in Alentejo.

Today, Translucent, Margarida Reis Pereira
As a materialized symbol of an ongoing transformation, Today, Translucent uses images to consider the transition moment experienced in the neighbourhoods of Grito do Povo and Pescadores in Setúbal, showing how they are being redefined and the consolidation of an identity that was once condemned to opacity.

To Wander the Sea, Maria Oliveira
A metaphorical and transgenerational contemplation of salt as a natural and cultural heritage of Figueira da Foz, To Wander the Sea speaks of ancestral stories. A silent and unpredictable place that predates humanity and has been accompanying it for thousands of years.

Geopark, Nuno Barroso
Exploring the diversity of the natural, cultural and social stratigraphy of the Algarve, Geopark focuses on the ideas of sustainability and preservation of the territory, speculating about its paradigms and realities, namely in the sectors of agriculture, energy and tourism.

O Leito do Rio, Sam Mountford
Herdade da Coitadinha, in Parque de Noudar, is the setting for the film O Leito do Rio, which addresses the impact of climate change on the Iberian montados, highlighting the importance of cultural, social and ecological interventions that aim to set up the resistance that is vital to the survival of these ecosystems.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Ogrodowa8 Gallery, Ogrodowa 8

OPENING DATE
9.06, 20:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
9.06 – 30.07

OPENING HOURS
10.06 – 13.06 14:00-18:00
16.06 – 30.06 (Wed-Sun) 14:00-18:00
1.07 – 30.07 (Wed-Sat) 14:00-18:00

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GHOST FUGUE
Sebastian Collett

We the living may be haunted by our ancestors, but we are also their ghosts—their afterlife. We carry their demons in our DNA, and bring them to life. We are the material result of their every decision. Now the decision is ours:  What should we make of this inheritance?

In 1898, my grandfather was born in the “promised land.”  Workers like his father had flocked to Lodz, Poland––an industrial melting pot, where Jews comprised a third of the population. Upon Hitler’s invasion in 1939, the promise became a curse.

Today, Lodz is being rebranded as a promised land for the IT industry. But many sectors have yet to be “revitalized” by the mixed blessing of gentrification.  Their scarred buildings reveal decades of damage, as do the faces of the people I photograph. I feel at home with these walking wounded: in a sense, I am one of them.
This work traces the legacy of trans-generational trauma, while grappling with hauntology, historiography, exile and amnesia.  The accompanying book conjures the words of dozens of thinkers— “ghosts” whose voices chase and dance with the images, as in a musical fugue.

http://www.sebastiancollett.net/

EXHIBITION PLACE
Galeria Ogrodowa8, Ogrodowa 8

OPENING DATE
9.06, 20:00

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
9.06 – 30.07

OPENING HOURS
10.06 – 13.06 14:00-20:00
16.06 – 30.06 (Wed-Sun) 14:00-18:00
1.07 – 30.07 (Wed-Sat) 14:00-18:00

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DER ENGEL
Iacopo Pasqui

Who knows why, in life, we become passionate about a place, a person, an experience. All this can enter us in an overbearing and disruptive way, striking us, without any apparent reason. It happens, the reasons are there, but looking for them is a very complex and difficult task and can take a long time. I do not want to dwell too much on the search for these reasons, partly because I am not interested, and partly because it is unnecessary.

I am interested in the bond, in building it, in deepening it and following it, in following and indulging its energies, in grasping it and living it to the full. We cannot understand certain things, we know very little, we perceive but we do not always manage to understand the full meaning, because reality is an impenetrable mystery. 

What drives you to photograph a standing man, who is maybe sleeping or drunk, static, motionless as not even a tightrope walker could manage? Some people would be afraid, but most of them would ignore it as if it was nothing. Who knows if these people are wondering, like me, why the man is in this state, what his story is, where he is going tomorrow and if he will be able to put the key in the keyhole and if he will ever get home and if anyone is waiting for him there. Who knows what his immobility is due to. I would like to listen to his thoughts and then guide him towards another path. And why is it that when I turn the corner, I find myself in an American scene, as if I were on one of those Las Vegas boulevards, where the future swallows up the past, because the present is suspended, fragile, poised, like the man who sleeps standing up?

“Der Engel” is a work realised during the artistic residency for Fotofestiwal in Łódź, inspired by Wim Wenders’ film “Wings of desire” and Peter Handke’s poem “Invocation of the World”. It is therefore a work about the city of Łódź and the figure of an angel, not as a religious figure, but as an entity that is really present in our lives. My first time in Poland, I had very special feelings: I felt at home, but I wasn’t at home, I found myself in a context, albeit European, that was very different from my own and not only culturally. I wanted to photograph everything, but I couldn’t; I thought I wanted to be an angel, to photograph without being seen, to really listen to the thoughts of the people around me and to really get to the bottom of everything I was portraying. Everything was new, different, I felt like I was living and seeing that context as if it was a new world, a new life, as if everything was for the first time. The series was conceived as a de-construction of the film. I was recording audio tracks and writing down thoughts about the city and its history and about contemporary Poland, imagining them as really coming from the people I portrayed.

EXHIBITION PLACE
Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki

OPENING DATE
Krzemieniecka 2A

OPENING AND CLOSING DATE
13.06, 19:00

OPENING HOURS
13.06 – 26.06

GODZINY OTWARCIA / OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00
Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS
open ait screening Wings of desire, dir. Wim Wenders, Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki, Krzemieniecka 2a [PL, ENG]

 

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