Michał Zieliński and Ludwik Zamenhof Center would like to invite photographers and visual artists from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus to the “Triple portrait” project. These creators will be chosen during the process of artistic “natural selection”: by recommendations of partner organisations, reviews of portfolios, and then interviews with people who would like to join the programme. The working group will consist of six people. We want to cooperate with interesting artists involved in the visual arts.
- outdor art 10-19 of July 2015 Szczyty-Dzięciołowo
- show/exhibition 28-30 of August 2015 Szczyty-Dzięciołowo/Białystok (CLZ)
- album 30th of October 2015 Białystok (CLZ)
IDEA / Triple portrait
Leitmotif of the project is a “wandering” one, initiated by Michał Zieliński, a young photographer from Poland, who has cooperated with CLZ since 2012. Again, he wants to set off for the meeting with “the locals” – dwellers of villages and small towns in Podlasie region (eastern part of Poland). The phrase – “melting pot of cultures” – has a real meaning here, and is reflected in everyday life. The effect of Michał Zieliński first expedition (around Krynki, small town in the region) was a project “my place is already there” (2012) – series of portraits of the oldest people from the region, reproduced on objects from their houses, like a towel, a door of a cabinet or just on a wall. This time he also wants to create the opportunity for gathering and exploration of fascinating cultural and natural treasures of Podlasie. This time he want to include other artists: to multiply the perspective, discuss local phenomena, bounce one place (here) in three different cultural and national sensitivities.
In this case, a journey means not only covering of long distances. This is rather a ramble, from one person to another, all the meetings. The way the stories travel: into the past, culture, tradition and mundane reality as well. Approach to materiality such different than in the city life.
Documentation and artistic transformation of this expedition will be done as an experiment. Photographs will be created in the wet collodion technique, known since the beginning of photography, now rarely used, unique. This technique is arduous, demanding, time-consuming, but provides an unique effect method of recording and image capture. It is ideally suited to the requirements of the project, set rather to build relationships with the ordinary people, and not just to register technically perfect shots.
DESCRIPTION AND SCHEDULE
OUTDOOR ART/ 10-19 July 2015
The first and the main stage of the program is the outdoor photography workshop. During a ten days stay (art residency) the group of six artists from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus will roam the villages and settlements of Podlasie region by bus, which also serves as a large-format camera and a mobile darkroom. The base and the centre for a stay will be a settlement Szczyty-Dzięciołowo (look at the map and information about accommodation).
In the following places (one town or village a day) artists will meet local residents, initiate conversations, invite them to participate in the photo session, which will result in portraits done in natural, everyday space of the hero. Making photographs in the wet collodion technique take time, and therefore the artistic medium will open the space for real exchange, deepen the relationship.
Photographs will be carried out mainly on metal and glass plates. All photos will be taken in the formats 18x24 cm and 30x40 cm. The whole roam will be documented constantly in the form of the diary of the trip.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION / 29-30 of August 2015
The first public presentation will take place one month after the outdoor ending. This will consist of two parts: exhibition and public presentation, showing the whole process. The presentation will be organised in Białystok and Szczyty-Dzięciołowo at the same time. Then CLZ would like to organise a series of presentations of this exhibition around Poland and abroad as well.
ALBUM / 30th of October 2015
Final part of the project will be an album, showing the most interesting photos and texts: transcripts of all conversations with local people, fragments of the “travel diary”. First time album will be presented during the InterPhoto Festival taking place in Białystok in October. All participants will receive some copies of the books as well.