24 May 2019

Instead of focusing on a single festival theme, the organisers are revealing nine independent presentations.

The Main Programme of Krakow Photomonth Festival 2019 (24 maja – 23 June) explores the motto “Like we like it”! We have plenty to choose from, starting with fresh interpretations of archival photos by Wojciech Nowicki, curator of the exhibition Cloud at the Museum of Photography in Krakow and Filip Berendt and Igor Omulecki’s experiments with sculpture and painting at the Szara Kamienica Gallery. Joanna Helander shows how the world has changed over the course of the last quarter of a century through women’s eyes with her Ladies Looking: Photographs 1976-2012 at the Ethnographic Museum, Anna Orłowska reveals former palatial interiors with her Pompier, Muck, Socrococo at MOCAK, while Stefanie Moshammer takes a peek at Brazilian favelas and their residents with Land of Black Milk at Nuremberg House. Tomasz Tyndyk reveals the latest instalment of his fascinating theatre at Pauza Gallery, while the cycle of group portraits by Andrzej Steinbach at the ZPAF Gallery illustrates the mechanisms governing contemporary society. Michael Schmidt’s exhibition at MOCAK  paints an uncomfortable picture of contemporary food production in Europe. The controversial subject of mass food production and inhumane treatment of animals is also explored by artists invited by Natasza Christia, curator of the exhibition You Are What You Eat at Bunkier Sztuki.

When planning your visits, don’t forget that exhibitions at Bunkier Sztuki and MOCAK are only held until 16 June. The presentation of works by debuting artists qualified to the ShowOFF Section is open until the end of the festival. The post-industrial space of Tytano showcases eight projects selected by curators and created by young artists Michał Szlaga, Monika Szewczyk-Wittek, Łukasz Rusznica and Marga Rotteveel.

The festival also features many events held as part of accompanying events. On 1 June, almost forty participants meet experts and present their portfolios to the public at Puro Kraków Kazimierz as part of the 14th Portfolio Review. The June programme also includes family workshops, film screenings accompanying the exhibition on food production, curated tours of the exhibition at the Museum of Photography, a meeting with Thomas Weski, curator of the exhibition of works by Michael Schmidt, and the finale picnic at the former salt warehouse. You can find detailed information on all events at the Festival Centre at Bunkier Sztuki. Like what you like, and don’t forget Krakow Photo Fringe events held during the festival throughout Małopolska! (dd)

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