GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS, Bielsko-Biała and Kraków, Poland.

11th – 27th October 2019, 10.00. a.m. – 6.00. p.m.

The entrance for the accompanying exhibitions is free.

ACCOMPANYING EXHIBITIONS

Individual exhibitions of great Polish and foreign photographers.
Documentary, landscape, portrait, reportage, experiment.
Traditional analogue photography as well as modern digital media.

ALINA FEDORENKO (Germany)

Until The Last

Exhibition: Sfera II Gallery, Mostowa 5 (2nd floor)

Meeting with the Artist / FAF CLUB : 20th of October (Sunday), AQUARIUM Culture Cafe, BIELSKA BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11; 6:00 pm.


ABOUT ALINA FEDORENKO


Alina Fedorenko is a multicultural documentary photographer based in Germany, she focusing on long-term projects emphasizing the domestic life around the world.
She studied fashion design in London before she found her way into photography. She graduated in photography at the University of Applied Science in Berlin. She has been working as a freelance photographer in news and focusing on self-chosen topics that deal with the difficult living conditions in which people in cities around the world live. She explores the topic “home” and all the types of domiciliation worldwide. Through her work, she challenges our understanding of different realities in everyday city life. Intuitively, she visualizes human intimacy in our most intimate space and connects everyday life, being very close to the people she comes across. By creating images that invite the audience to an unfamiliar and new world, and opens the doors between people. She visited many marginalized and displaced communities around the world and is fascinated by the simple grace and beauty that domestic life has in common around the world.

MAJA HERZOG (Poland)

Jamais Vu, Which is The Street Photography

Exhibition: OFF Frame Gallery, Krakowska 41, Kraków

Meeting with the Artist: OFF Frame Gallery, Krakowska 41, Kraków, 10th of October (Thursday), 7:00 pm.

MAJA HERZOG


Photographer and journalist (ZPAF, SDP), cultural manager and PR specialist. In years 2001-2009 Chief Editor and publisher of the Photographic Bulletin; founder of the cultural club OKOcafe with a photo gallery and a bookstore; curator of exhibitions and coordinator of artistic and educational projects, lecturer and director of Krakow Academy of Photography. Between 2013-2017, coordinator of cultural projects at the Austrian Consulate in Krakow. Ambassador of FotoArtFestival in Bielsko-Biała, initiator and coordinator of the project Fotografia/Film/Obraz_Studium Kraków.

AGNIESZKA PRUSAK (Poland)

Polish Actors

Exhibition: Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11

KIM JEST AGNIESZKA PRUSAK


Artist, photographer. She graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of Professor Aleksander Dymitrowicz at the Faculty of Painting in 2003. Among others she accomplished photo series: “W domu” (At home) 2012, “Wariant 0” 2012, “Wakacje w mieście” (Holiday in the city) 2009, “Blow-up” 2010. In “Blow-up” she was the first in Poland to photograph prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment. Her photographs were published, among others, in “National Geographic Polska”, “Polityka”, “High Heels”, “Art & Business” and “Artist and Art”.

BARTOSZ STRÓŻYŃSKI (Poland)

Three Arts in Antarctica

Exhibition: Gallery, 11 Listopada 26

Meeting with the Artist / FAF Club: Aquarium Culture Cafe, Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11, 18th of October (Friday), 6:00 pm.

ABOUT BARTOSZ STRÓŻYŃSKI


Initiator and head of the project “Trzy sztuki w Antarktyce”. Studied finances. Is a keen underwater photographer, nature photographer, composer, songwriter, producer of music clips and multimedia projects. Author of the book “AntArktyka. Podwodne zauroczenie” (Antarctica. Underwater infatuation) published by National Geographic in 2014.
Author of the extended play “Najsmutniejsze auto w okolicy” (The saddest car in the area).
Awarded in many international photographic competitions, including the prestigious International Photography Awards, Asferico, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Por el Planeta, Magellan Prize & National Geographic Great Photographic competition. Participated in numerous photographic expeditions, including the prestigious Elysium Epic Shackleton’s Antarctic Visual Epic Project & Oman in Focus. Writes for the environmental magazine “Salamandra”. Fascinated by the Arctic and Antarctica, specialising in underwater photography, winter photography, photography of aquatic mammals and underwater photography in rivers. Author of articles on diving and underwater photography published, among others, in National Geographic magazine, Foto, Scuba Diver Through the Lens, Scuba Diving Magazine, X-Ray Mag, Sport Diver.

DAWID STUBE (Poland)

Cri Du Chat Syndrome

Exhibition: Aquarium Culture Cafe, Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11

Meeting with the Artist / FAF Club: Aquarium Culture Cafe, Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11, 21st of October (Monday), 6:00 pm.

ABOUT DAWID STUBE


Born in 1986. He photographs people. Together with his brother he runs a studio Fotostube in Gniezno. Between 2012 and 2016 he worked as a photojournalist in “Głos Wielkopolski”.
The winner of the first prize in the most important press competition in Poland – Grand Press Photo 2018. Finalist of Grand Press Photo 2017. Winner of the press competition Wielkopolska Press Photo. Got second place in the documentary photography competition Moja Wielkopolska, Poznań. Finalist of the Theater Photography Competition (Theater Institute).
Currently, he cooperates with the Fredro Theater in Gniezno.
His photos were published, among others in “Duży Format”, “Polska The Times”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Newsweek.pl, NaszeMiasto.pl. Author of individual and collective photo exhibitions.

Elena Subach (Ukraine)

Grandmothers on the Edge of the Heaven

Exhibition: Włókniarzy Culture Centre, 1 Maja 12

Meeting with the Artist / FAF Club: Aquarium Culture Cafe, Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11, 16th of October (Wednesday), 6:00 pm.

ABOUT ELENA SUBACH


She obtained Master’s degree in Economics in Volyn State University (Lutsk, Ukraine). Soon she moves to Kyiv and starts to work as a textile designer. Elena comes to photography in 2012, living in Lviv and joining 5×5/Dzyga art community. She works with topics of small cities, religion, mythology and identity. She uses photography as a tool for playing with facts and beliefs, mixing documentary, staging, computer editing and handcrafting into her unique and emotional visual language. Projects “Retablos de Galicia” and “Sacrifice” were dedicated to revival of religion in western Ukraine after 40 years of being forbidden in Soviet state. Her projects “Grandmothers on the Edge of the Heaven” and “Meteority Berdychev” speaks about small Ukrainian cities, like the one she grew up in. Provincial, poor and abandoned, looking for a hero or waiting for an Armageddon. Now based in Lviv, Ukraine.

Karolina Wojtas (Poland)

The Richest Fauna of The Land

Exhibition: Sfera II Gallery, Mostowa 5 (2nd floor)

Meeting with the Artist / FAF Club: Aquarium Culture Cafe, Bielska BWA Gallery, 3 Maja 11, 24th of October (Thursday), 6:00 pm.

ABOUT KAROLINA WOJTAS


Karolina Wojtas (born in 1996) – is a photographer, she studies in Łódź Film school and Institut tvůrčí fotografie in the Czech Republic. She lives in a colorful world of experiment and endless fun. She draws from children’s fantasies and memories. Inspiration may become for her a mess in the garden of her grandfather or a huge slide. Through her exhibition, it is impossible to slip, sometimes covered with brocade or balloons. But you can feel like a child – play, abandon and scrounge.

Collective Exhibition

Faces of the Association of the Scene Authors and Composers

Jacek Barcz, Andrzej Dąbrowski, Wojciech Druszcz, Zbigniew Furman, Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Witold Krassowski, Jan Morek, Tomasz Sikora, Marek Szymański, Krzysztof Wojciewski

Exhibition: Sfera Konesera Gallery, Sfera I, Mostowa 5 (1st floor)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


In 2018, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS), a collective exhibition of portraits was presented, on which there are artists associated with this association. The authors are members of the Photographic Section.
The exhibited photographs are the result of photographers’ professional activities at different times and circumstances. The overall goal was a good portrait – insightful shots, thoughtful arrangements, but also faces caught on hot, on the run, being part of the record of the situation, which emphasizes the specific atmosphere.
Among the authors there are both outstanding portraitists and recognized photographers representing various fields of photography: Jacek Barcz, Andrzej Dąbrowski, Wojciech Druszcz, Zbigniew Furman, Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Witold Krassowski, Jan Morek, Tomasz Sikora, Marek Szymański and Krzysztof Wojciewski.

WOMEN STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS (USA)

Collective Exhibition Under the Patronage of Gulnara Samoilova (USA)

Exhibition: SFERA II GALLERY, Mostowa 5 (2nd floor)

Meeting with the Artists: AUDITORIUM OF WSA, Modrzewskiego 12 – AUTHORS’ MARATHON, 13th October, 12:45 p.m.

THE EXHIBITION

The Women Street Photographers traveling exhibition and the Instagram feed (@womenstreetphotographers), is a platform of well curated, quality street photography by women.

By focusing strictly on the work of women photographers, Women Street Photographers provide the extra exposure for female artists. Additionally, it is their goal to create visibility for dedicated women street photographers and to encourage other women to follow their passion.

The Instagram feed of Women Street Photographers (@womenstreetphotographers), and the traveling exhibition, was founded by Gulnara Samoilova, a street and fine art photographer based in New York City. The project began as a personal Instagram catalog for a future exhibition, but has quickly become a popular platform for both amateur and professional photographers.

FROM BIELSKO-BIAŁA ATELIERS

Collective Exhibition

Exhibition: HISTORICAL MUSEUM in Bielsko-Biala, Wzgórze 16

Opening: 11th of October, 4:00 (admission free)

Guided Tour by the Curator Piotr Kenig (in Polish): 17th October (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. (paid; reduced ticket 5 PLN, normal ticket 8 PLN)

THE EXHIBITION

At the exhibition prepared by the Historical Museum, we can see the rich collection of the original photos (the oldest from the 1860s) along with the cameras and photographic equipment. Colourful wall-charts tell you about the techniques used in the ateliers and the work of the particular camera masters.

Among the illustration there are documents, advertisements and inserts (insera) of particular ateliers, archival plans of the city, showing their location, as well as some contemporary photographs of these buildings or places where they once were.

Admission to the opening free.

Admission to the exhibition after the opening according to the Museum’s ticket prices (independent from the tickets and passes of FotoArtFestival).

Admission fees: normal ticket 10 zł, reduced ticket 5 zł.
The exhibition will be open only during Museum opening hours
(Tuesday and Saturday 9:00 am – 3.00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, closed on Mondays)

JAN DROZD VEL HANS DROST (Poland)

Photographer, Who Astonished The World

Exhibition: HISTORICAL MUSEUM in Bielsko-Biała, Wzgórze 16

Opening: 11th of October (Friday), 4:00 p.m. (admission free)

Lecture by Grzegorz Madej (in Polish): 23th October (Wednesday), 5:00 p.m. (paid; reduced ticket 5 PLN, normal ticket 8 PLN)

THE EXHIBITION

There are over twenty works by Jan Drozd (Hans Drosta, 1902-1960), the most outstanding Bielsko-Biała’s photographer of the interwar period. His works, presented at numerous international exhibitions, have gained recognition in the world of pictorialist artists. In his works, mainly portraits, he drew from achievements of German expressionists. He followed the latest trends in photography, experimented with light, pseudosolarization, retouching and manual coloring of photograms. The international critics most favorably referred to his photomontages, and recognized the photograms created with the exclusion of the camera as his most important achievement.

Admission to the opening free.

Admission to the exhibition after the opening according to the Museum’s ticket prices (independent from the tickets and passes of FotoArtFestival).

Admission fees: normal ticket 10 zł, reduced ticket 5 zł.
The exhibition will be open only during Museum opening hours
(Tuesday and Saturday 9:00 am – 3.00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, closed on Mondays)

FOTO OPEN EXHIBITION LOCATIONS

Celna 10, Celna 10

Galeria Wzgórze, Wzgórze 4

“Kubiszówka” Culture Centre, Słowackiego 17

Music School, Wyspiańskiego 5A

Galicja Gallery, 11 Listopada 14-16

Sfera II Gallery, Mostowa 5 (hallway 1st floor)

Sfera II Gallery, Mostowa 5 (hallway 2nd floor)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

A very interesting collective post-competition exhibition taking place in several locations around the city. Over 200 authors from Poland and abroad. A variety of looks, topics, techniques. The stamp of the present in today’s photography. It shows the way – where we are and where we are going in photography and life.