150 + 1 Katowice

13 Ocober 2017 – 5 November 2017, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia
Authors: Piotr Wójcik, Tomasz Sinek, Monika Proba
Curator: Dominique Roynette

Polish Institute in Moscow and The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography present a multimedia “portrait” of the dynamic Katowice city that celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding last year.

Katowice is the capital of Silesia, industrial center of Europe in the 19-20th centuries. Together with 13 neighboring towns Katowice constitute the largest metropole in Poland and the unique Agglomeration in Europe – Upper Silesian Industrial Region – which accounts for over 3 million people. Katowice is one of the brightest examples of a European city that underwent successful transformation from an industrial and mining province into a cultural, science and business center. It is an actively developing city with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland. Katowice is the most multinational city in Poland boasting rich history and unique architecture.

Photographer made 150 portraits/ interviews of Katowice citizens, and guest artists made 15 landscapes photographs and videos of the places chosen by the citizens. The contrast between the industrial past of Katowice and its present life shows through versatile stories told by the heroes. They appear surprising, and their thoughts and ideas reveal new vision of the city and its citizens.

Portraits were taken in different parts of Katowice, each connected with the main characters of the projects and chosen by them. These photographs show people in urban environment as well as in intimate, home environment. Portraits share common stylistic approach and differ in their content.

Photographs were shot with black-and-white film. City landscapes were photographed in different seasons and at different times of the day. And they are irreproachably true to their objects.

The exhibition features portrait photographs of Katowice citizens, video footage of the city life, color photographs of urban landscapes. Musicians from the Katowice Music Academy created jazz compositions Katowice connecting people, referring to the stages of the city’s development, especially for the video presented at the exhibition.

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Christina Besstrashnova

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2 June 2017 – 2 July 2017, The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Authors: Piotr Wójcik, Tomasz Sinek, Monika Proba
Curator: Dominique Roynette

Organized by The Polish Institute in Moscow and The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center founded in 2009 in Ekaterinburg. The Boris Yeltsin Center regularly organizes exhibits and conferences about Boris Yeltsin’s life and work, as well as on Russian and world history at the end of the 20th century. The Center’s complex includes a museum, exhibition and conference space and Library. The Yeltsin Center also supports activities in the following areas: Education, Culture, Youth, Intemational, Humanitarian Cooperation, Publishing, Literary Awards.

Look at http://www.yeltsincenter.ru/yeltsin-presidential-center

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21 December 2016 – 5 March 2017, Galeria Miasta Ogrodów, Katowice, Poland
Authors: Piotr Wójcik, Tomasz Sinek, Monika Proba
Curator: Dominique Roynette

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Piotr Wójcik photographs and interviews 150 + 1 inhabitants of Katowice to celebrate 150 years of the city.

Look at a selection of 25 pictures.

Tomasz Sinek, with color photographs shows in his way the architecture of the city.

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Monika Proba in street videos gives to see the vivacity of Katowice.