Krakow Photomonth Festival 2021

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  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

“The history of the Krakow Photomonth Festival dates back to 2001, when the Foundation for Visual Arts was established. The same year marked also the successful start of the festival. Since then, it has taken many forms in search of its own identity and as a response to the ever-changing face of photography”. (Aaron Schuman, 2015)

The year 2020 was a watershed for the festival: with the inauguration of its 18th edition, MFK symbolically entered its age of ‘maturity.’ The festival’s 2020 dates coincided with the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the obstacles this presented and changes it necessitated, the organisers adapted to the adverse circumstances by implementing a unique program focused on the climate crisis, alienation of bodies, fear about the future, radicalism, and manipulation through images, to name just the primary themes and topics. In response to the unprecedented and unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the festival’s formula was reimagined and modified. Some of the exhibitions took on novel and unexpected forms: an exhibition as a book, as a web portal, as a series of artistic interventions recorded by artists in their place of residence. Accompanying events—lectures, discussions, meetings, presentations, and workshops — were held in hybrid and online forms, resulting in a rich archive of discussions about photography featuring not only creators and culture animators but also psychologists and philosophers.

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