Festival captures the world’s imagination
The annual photography festival Krakow Photomonth has kicked off again this year with a visitor turn-out expected in the thousands.
Running from May 25th to June 24th, the event has in recent years blown up into one of the largest and most popular photography festivals in Europe.
Each year, almost 30 photography exhibitions and 60 accompanying events – such as workshops, film screenings, portfolio reviews – are held in 40 different locations throughout Krakow.
Some of the locations this year include the Bunkier Sztuki gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ethnographic Museum and the Japanese Manggha museum.
Over 100 photographers and artists from Poland and the world are taking part in the annual festival, which is held every year under a different theme.
This year’s theme is “Space of Flows: Framing an Unseen Reality” – with this year’s curatorship under the direction of independent curator, film editor and photo historian, Iris Sikking.
In an official statement on the festival’s website, Sikking wrote that the festival would feature an international slate of artists and would focus on ‘the ceaseless flow of people, information and substances through expanding urban areas, the virtual realm of cyberspace, and endangered natural landscapes.”
The program would derive ‘its thematic approach from the concept of the "space of flows", as set forth by the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells. ‘The space of flows’ explained Castells, ‘dissolves time by disordering the sequence of events and making them simultaneous, thus installing society in eternal ephemerality", continues Sikking.
This year's festival will feature exhibitions by many contemporary artists, including Valeria Cherchi, Antonina Gugala, Rafa Raigon, Ksenia Sidorova and Kuba Stepien.
The history of the festival itself dates back to 2001, when the Foundation for Visual Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of visual arts in Poland – with an emphasis on photography – was established. Since then, it has taken many forms as a response to the ever-changing face of photography.