Wojciech Walkiewicz | Photo Exhibition 2019/55 25.01-28.02.2019
We invite you to the vernissage on January 25 at 18.00.
At the exhibition we will show about 55 photos, which are a selection from 4 creative sets of Wojciech Walkiewicz – “Afterimages” (2011), “Spring” (2012), “ZamrozY” (2014) and “Antarctica” (2016).
In addition to photography, the exhibition will also include a short documentary film. “Masks”, and timelaps and underwater shots from Antarctica.
Antarctica: “I waited for this trip for several years. Finally, I went there as a cinematographer for a documentary film directed by Władysław Rybiński. I used the camera sometimes as a camera for special photos (timelapse, underwater photos), but most often as a notebook. This is a record everyday life: 11 weeks spent in one place, in a limited space in a group of 24 people. Constant mealtimes, very long days and very bright nights. Rapid winds and frequent weather changes. I tried to photograph in every free moment. Exits for photos replaced reading , listening to music, cinema, theater, television, visits to galleries and openings. In private, I treated this trip as a dream come true. Return to fascination with books by Verne, London or Lem. A gift I received for my 50th birthday “. Part of this set are video recordings and timelapse displayed simultaneously on 4 monitors: 2 underwater movies and 2 timelapse movies
Spring: “the idea for this exhibition was born in 2009, during the shooting of the film” Alfred Schreyer from Drohobycz. “I felt that I wanted to come to this place again. I managed it in May 2011. This time I went at the invitation of Ms. Wiera Meniok, head of the Polish Studies Center at the Pedagogical University of Drohobycz. Thanks to her I could meet the residents of Drohobycz: cordial, warm and open. Ukrainians, Russians, Poles and Jews. I photographed the city for a week. The inspiration was Bruno Schulz’s short story I did not work on anyone’s order, so I gave myself absolute freedom. I was not interested in illustrating this story with photographs. It was supposed to be an impression about today’s Drohobycz. “One and a half city” steeped in history. So I got into this city. I used, there were several dozen years old Zeiss Ikon 6×9 and Fotokor 6×9 In addition, the modern camera obscura 4×5 inches and a simple, digital Lumix “.
Complementing the series “Spring” is the film I shot in November 2015 in Drohobych. His theme is the preparation and premiere of the performance of “Mask”, a joint work of artists from Poland and Ukraine: Piotr Łucjan and Andrij Yurkevych. The performance took place in Drohobych, Ukraine, on 19/11/2015 and was a commemoration of the events of Black Thursday in 1942, when during the liquidation of the ghetto the Germans murdered 230 Jews, including the writer Bruno Schulz.
“Freeze can be treated as a record of a Sunday walk to the Vistula. I live a few hundred meters from its unregulated shore. When taking pictures for this set I used a 30-year-old Fotopan HL negative and a camera of my own design. The surface of the negative frame in this camera is larger than the surface of the image that is created after passing the light through the lens, thanks to which we get a full, round frame surrounded by a margin of unexposed emulsion. The photosensitive emulsion has been working since its inception. On each roll of negative, in addition to the image – recording the shutter flash, imprints its mark: the emulsion ages, gets sick, wrinkles The image that is a record of this process (in the case of a negative that I have used for over 30 years) can complement the recording of the moment made using a camera. What appeared after the negative was developed is the individual history of this compressed on a two-dimensional plane negative roll. And all characters (points) and all events are equally important. Finally, I tried to literally treat the phrase “freeze time”. I dried the negative outside, when the air temperature dropped below -20 C. And this was the last stage of time fixation – its freezing. ”
,, Afterimages like on a single, still frame, present the process of observing a piece of landscape, lasting several or several minutes? After all, my eyes don’t stop even for a moment. They jump. What catches my eye the fastest and what I subconsciously look for when I look at a still landscape is movement. Not everyone notices immediately. He misses a lot. I don’t see slow, small changes or very fast ones. But also, if I am not in a hurry, I have time to contemplate, then I discover a lot of movement in the seemingly static landscape. What will I remember about it? The strongest feelings, memories and afterimages remain. ”
ANTARKTYKA WOJCIECHA WALKIEWICZA
The world was created to pose for photography.
Wojciech Walkiewicz recorded his fascination with the land of snow and ice in film and photography. The artist stayed several months at the Polish polar station named after H. Arctowski with the task of documenting the work of scientists in Antarctica. The artist presented his original image of the land in a raw and sterile form. The adopted rules limited the freedom of expression, but allowed to show the multiplicity and diversity of phenomena that shape the separateness of the ice desert.
In parallel to the work on the film ordered, the artist was delighted with the exotic landscapes and decided to document his artistic experience in photography. Aware of the existence of a rich iconography of the subject, the artist decided in his search to be guided solely by his own observations. In particular, he did not intend to duplicate the “beautiful landscape and lively nature” pattern promoted by nature and travel magazines. Winter landscapes, gray and sad, required the author to be zealous in reading, experiencing and recording landscape phenomena. Wojciech Walkiewicz, the main hero of photography, made vast spaces of snow and ice, in which he distinguished small, subtle differences in the color of snowy slopes, or abstract arrangements of ice fields. Careful analysis of images reveals interesting elements, silhouettes of people, individual individuals or whole flocks of penguins (sometimes covered with snow), seals lounging on snow plots, birds standing on the snow or soaring above the ground, illuminated by warm sunrays. In the great landscape spaces there are traces of the human economy, such as the buildings of the polar station with silhouettes of people, machines and equipment, ships and boats, as well as a helicopter circling over a snowy slope. In the stone-snow desert we observe a bone cemetery (remains of the era of whale hunters) and a sculpture on the grave of an excellent Polish photographer Włodzimierz Puchalski. There is no shortage of patriotic elements, for example a white and red Polish flag fastened on a metal structure (in the shape of a cross).
Equally important is the relationship with the “ice circus”. The artist looks for subtle differences in the color of the snow, green and blue ocean waters, and sepia beige skies. The peacefulness of the land is diversified by atmospheric phenomena, such as night, snowstorm, or dangerous cloud systems. Polar landscapes turned out to be a graceful field for conducting creative experiments, based on sublime observation, made in the form of classic photography. The author looks for rhythmic repetition of stone forms, obtaining the illusion of “duplicated space”. Successful experiments relate to the location of the horizon, which after “twisting” the camera, introduces significant changes in the classic layout of photography. Equally interesting and mysterious discovery is the division of the landscape into parts, made by a selected snow plane (exactly “leveled”). Coverage of the land of ice cream also contains excellent permafrost formations, reminiscent of abstract sculptures. His inventions also include a series of photographs reminiscent of a film about the transformation and transformation of icebergs floating in the open sea.
Wojciech Walkiewicz invites you to visit the exhibition, especially those people who for various reasons can not see the Arctic landscapes. The exhibition is part of the best tradition of Polish artists documenting the beauty of terrestrial landscapes.
He graduated from the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice, majoring in the field of film image operator and TV producer (1994), and earlier the Post-secondary College of Photography in Warsaw (1986). He is the author of photos for documentaries, music videos and cyclic television programs> See <
He is a member of ZPAF and SFP.
– individual exhibition at the Educational Center Glass House in Ciekoty “For the future of Rapperswil”
– individual exhibition at the “Open Colony” Gallery of WCK Wola in Warsaw
– individual exhibition and conducting photo workshops for children in DK Zacisze in Warsaw
– participation in the Night of Museums in Kielce and individual exhibition at the “Sklep Sklep Sztuki” Gallery
– publication of the author’s photo album ‘Antarctica’, ISBN 978-83-949586-0-2
– scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage awarded for 2016
– participation in the Night of Museums in Warsaw and individual exhibition in the Gallery “On the Right Side of the Vistula”> See <
– participation in the 17th International Landscape Biennale in Kielce
– individual exhibition at the Pusta Gallery cont. in Jaworzno
– individual exhibition at the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Switzerland
– “Drohobycz” exhibition at the Wolski Centrum Kultury in Warsaw
– individual exhibition at the Instytut 116 Gallery in Warsaw
– individual exhibition at DK Gocław in Warsaw
– participation in the Art Fresh Festival in Warsaw
– participation in the annual exhibition “Przedwiośnie 37” BWA in Kielce
– participation in the 6th International Bruno Schulz Festival in Drohobych in Ukraine
– running “Fotokasty” photographic and film workshops at the Szklany Dom Educational Center in Ciekoty
– collective exhibition “Between illustration and art V” Provincial Public Library H. Łopaciński in Lublin
– exhibition and conducting summer photography workshops for children at the Center for Local Activity in Grochów in Warsaw
– honorable mention in the “TIME” competition organized by The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand
– individual exhibition at the International Center of Cultures in Kielce
– participation in the Night of Museums in Warsaw, ZPAF Gallery
– individual exhibition at the Museum of Literature in Warsaw
– participation in the eXperimenta 3 exhibition in Paderborn in Germany
– participation in the V International Bruno Schulz Festival in Drohobych in Ukraine
– participation in the 15th International Landscape Biennale in Kielce
– individual exhibition at the Galeria next to ZPAF in Warsaw
– individual exhibition at the BWA-ZPAF Gallery in Kielce
– individual exhibition at the Szklany Dom Educational Center in Ciekoty
– conducting photographic workshops at Galeria Lakiernia in Kielce
– individual exhibition at Jarosz’s Villa in Drohobych, Ukraine
– individual exhibition at the Lakiernia Gallery in Kielce
– 2nd prize in the ‘Kielce Otherwise’ competition
– participation in the 12th International Landscape Biennale in Kielce
– VIII International Salon of Colorful Transparencies “Dia-Pol” Radom ’85 prize of the Mayor of Radom
– Movies: >See<