МONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MINSK 2017. «COLLECTIVISATION»

In September 2017 for the fourth time in a row Belarus welcomes «МONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MINSK» – an international festival aimed at extending the photographic medium understanding, contribute to the development of cultural field and enhancement of the status of Belarussian photography in the region and the world. «МONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MINSK 2017» presents 16 exhibitions held in 10 venues of 4 Belarussian cities and towns, 11 workshops, lectures and presentations in which foreign and Belarussian speakers are participating.

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Albom.pl. “What Does Not Die, Does Not Live”, 06.09 — 06.10

Romantic fascinations with death survived first few decades of the 20th century and settled quite well, especially in folk mentality. The awareness of passing – permanent element of folk religiousness – also became a motif of art, both that of the conscieous kind and the one which initially was only a way of recording everyday life.

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(Belarussian) Лекцыя Клемана Брыена «Краўдфандынг. Як падрыхтаваць і паспяхова завершыць краўдфандынгавы праект», 05.09

(Belarussian) Клеман Брыен унікальны мастак, які стварае свае працы з дапамогай хатніх праектараў. Творчыя праекты Клемана ўяўляюць сабой палітычнае выказванне аўтара, яго імкненне выявіць і паказаць у кантэксце навакольнага асяроддзя схаваныя, нябачныя рэаліі.

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“Gender Route”. “Women’s Emancipation Project: Between Utopia and Reality (to the Centenary of the Revolution of 1917)”, 06.09 — 06.10/08.09 — 29.09

The role of the revolution in understanding what has become a part of our daily life is no longer realized. The project of women’s emancipation has received proper reflection and continuity neither in discourses nor in practices. And probably it was in 1917 when one of the milestones of the displacement of the immediate initiative repression by the institutionalization of female activism and its merging into a formal agenda was laid – within the new system the government took up the task of solving women’s problems.

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SPUTNIK. “Is(not)”, 06.09 — 06.10

To understand another human being is to get a better understanding of oneself. On the Old Continent, the part of the Other has already been cast – it is played by a strange, small country halfway between Europe and America, inhabited by elves and EU opponents. To get to know this country, one must grapple with media cliches – those of a wealthy state, until recently, now plunged into financial crisis, or of the land of picturesque volcanoes, capable of paralyzing air traffic over half of Europe. The photographers of Sputnik Photos have decided to take on these cliches and capture the essence of Iceland, the essence of humanity.

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MILESTONE (VEHA). “The Best Side”, 06.09 — 06.10

Usually we are captured by an event which turns out to be the center of attention of a person with a camera. But along with this event one more occurs that is photographing which, like the event of viewing the photo, is a social ritual, symbolic behavior, as well as a way to express beliefs within a symbolic system.

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Olga Bubich. “Bigger than I”, 06.09 — 06.10

The project “Bigger than I” puts together some materials I have managed to collect during the years of volunteering as a chaperon and interpreter in the children’s groups. These are the archives of Italian host families, the drawings of children from the Buda-Liušeŭskaja secondary school, who for the first time were hosted by Dutch families in the framework of the humanitarian project, the passport photos of the kids from the Homiel region groups of the 2000s, the photographs of the girls from Juraciški village who spent her summer in Northern Italy, as well as the first-person memories of the former “Chernobyl children” projects participants.

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Indie. “House Call”, 06.09 — 06.10

Indie is a cooperative gallery of twelve artists who operate both as a group and as partners. When invited to react to the term ‘safe haven’ as a part of the artist/curator project, we decided on a communal activity which would bind us as a group but would also focus in the individuals in it and allow them to act freely.

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“with / against the flow”. Contemporary Photographic Interventions: №1 Viktoria Binschtok, №2 Michael Schafer, 07.09 — 05.10

With works by Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schafer, this exhibition presents two photographers whose work reflects in different ways the world of media images and the ‘digital turn’. While Michael Schafer analyses images from the news and from entertainment, Viktoria Binschtok takes a look a new channels and functions of communication via images in the internet age.

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(Belarussian) Майстар-клас Гжэгажа Дамброўскага «Што хаваюць хатнія архівы», 07.09

(Belarussian) Запрашаем групу з 15-20 асобаў прынесці з сабой фатаграфіі з асабістых архіваў. Мы навучым, як кансерваваць і захоўваць старыя негатывы і здымкі, як сканаваць, апісваць іх і змяшчаць у сеціве. Мы пакажам, як працуе наш партал albom.pl, дзе мы ствараем лічбавы архіў сямейных фота польска-беларускага памежжа, і раскажам, як важная наша праца ў кантэксце лакальнай гісторыі.

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Photo projection on the Town Hall from the french photogapher Clément Briend, 07.09/08.09

On 7 and 8 September at 21.00 in the urban space on the facades of the Town Hall Belarusian audience will see a unique photo-projection from the French photographer Clément Briend. The event will be held within the Month of Photography in Minsk and will be a part of projects organized to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the foundation of the Belarusian capital.

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“VORTEX PREVIEW”. The project of the Belarusian Public Association of Photographers, 07.09 — 05.10

What for was the public association created? What is the point of bringing together photographers, where each one is an individual, a creative person with a set of his/her own preferences, choice of style, technology and specialization? We are all different, but there is a field of common interest, a field of communication and discussion, solutions to common problems. The point is in differences that characterize us, in a variety of opinions and views. The idea of ​​the project is to visually present the union in the form of a common interactive installation, as well as each photographer, in particular.

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(Belarussian) Практычны майстар-клас з Вікторыяй Біншток і Міхаэлям Шэферам для фатографаў у межах выставы «фатаграфічныя інтэрвенцыі. па і супраць плыні. #1 Вікторыя Біншток #2 Міхаэль Шэфер», 08.09

(Belarussian) Падчас майстар-класа мы закранем тэарэтычныя пытанні, але галоўным чынам звернемся да практычнага боку – якім чынам можна пераносіць, напрыклад, выявы са сродкаў масавай інфармацыі ў мастацкія працы? Якія метады і падыходы існуюць у гэтай сферы? Як можна па-рознаму задзейнічаць капіраванне, цытаванне альбо рэінсцэніроўку выяваў у сваіх фатаграфічных працах?

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(Belarussian) Прэзентацыя кніг “NO.04″ і “Fruit Garden”, 08.09

(Belarussian) На прэзентацыі Міхал Лучак раскажа як ствараўся ўнікальны праект даследвання, па вынікам якога была створана кніга “Fruit Garden” і калектыўны альбом “NO.04″ дзевяці таленавітых фатографаў.

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(Belarussian) Прэзентацыя беларуска-польскага праекта “Polis(h) Photo Lab”, 09.09

(Belarussian) На працягу некалькі месяцаў 6 фатографаў з Варшавы і 6 фатографаў з Віцебска разам стваралі аўтарскія, сацыяльна важныя праекты – фотагісторыі. Інтэнсіўны і працяглы дыялог у польска-беларускіх парах сутыкаў перспектывы і досвед удзельнікаў з абедзвюх краінаў.

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Albert Tsekhanovich. “Тhere”, 12.09 — 21.10

“Тhere” includes a few photo series made by Albert Tsekhanovich during his numerous trips to places related to Yanka Kupala’s life and work. The works presented at the show are author’s silver prints on barite photographic paper, made by hand in the classical black and white printing technique.

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“BY NOW”, 12.09 — 01.10

“BY NOW” presents the results of a national competition for Belarussian photographers up to the age of 35 organized through the cooperation of the Goethe Institute, the Helmut Newton Foundation and the Belarusian photographer and curator Andrei Liankevich in 2012. The entries, each accompanied by a concept paper, were submitted to two jurors, the chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation Matthias Harder and the photography professor Hans Pieler.

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Andrei Liankevich. “Goodbye, Motherland”, 14.09 — 27.09

Belarusian history started and finished with war. “We won. Good partisans fought against bad the fascists”. I agree with independent historians’ books where it is said that the war in Belarus had much more in common with a civil war than with a world war. There was the Polish Home Army (the Armia Krajowa), the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the Lithuanian Forest Brothers (Lietuvos Laisvės Armija), fascists and policemen and among them there were ordinary people.

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(Belarussian) Прэзентацыя праекта ВЕХА (VEHA), 15.09

(Belarussian) VEHA(ВЕХА) – сацыякультурны праект, які працуе з архіўнай фатаграфіяй сям’і, накіраваны на ўзмацненне сямейных узаемаадносін і захавання культурнай спадчыны Беларусі. Прэзентацыя будзе складацца з трох блокаў: этнаграфіі, архіўнай фатаграфіі і генеалагічнаму пошуку.

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The Bureau Archive of “Month of Photography in Minsk” .18.09 — 30.09

(Belarussian) Архіў Бюро МФМ быў створаны ў 2016 годзе. Стварэнне базы сучаснай беларускай фатаграфіі, якая дазваляе захаваць, даследаваць і асэнсаваць феномен беларускай фатаграфіі, з’яўляецца галоўнай мэтай праекта. Архіў Бюро МФМ з’яўляецца, перш за ўсё, асновай для далейшай даследчай і выставачнай дзейнасці. На сённяшні дзень у архіве налічваецца больш за 100 прац. Сярод іх працы Валерыя Лабко, Андрэя Лянкевіча, Сяргея Кажамякіна, Сяргея Лескеця, Максіма Сарычава, Юрыя Васільева, Ігара Саўчанкі, Артура Клінава, Сяргея Бушко, Валерыя Кацубы, Вадзіма Качана.

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Collectivization. Contemporary art. Polish stage, 28.09 — 01.10

(Belarussian) Ідэя праграмы “Калектывізацыя. Сучаснае мастацтва. Польская сцэна” – прэзентацыя беларускай аўдыторыі даробку сучасных польскіх творцаў, чыя дзейнасць нейкім чынам звязаная з тэмай фестывалю – калектывізацыяй.

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“The World Around Us”, 28.09 — 30.10

The Republican contest of children’s photography “The World Around Us” is held for the second time and enjoys great popularity among children and adolescents. The final exhibition according to its results will be a part of the festival “Month of Photography in Minsk” and it will give the opportunity to show works to a wide audience, among whom there will be representatives of the professional photographic community.

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“Dedicated to Belarus…” Leŭ Daškievič’s Photography, to the 135th anniversary of the birth of the photographer Leŭ Daškievič and the poet Janka Kupala, 10.10 — 29.10

The exhibition introduces the works of the outstanding Belarusian photographer of the first third of the 20th c. Leŭ Daškievič whose name has become a real discovery in the history of the Belarusian art photography.
The exhibition presents the original photographic works of Leŭ Daškievič which he did in different manners and techniques from 1900 to 1952, as well as new materials that have been found recently.

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“A Place”, 10.10 — 31.10

The exhibition is the result of a plein air, which took place in June at the art village Kaptaruny where Siarhiej Ždanovič, Siarhiej Kažamiakin, Andrei Liankevič, Volha Prusak, Volha Sazykina and Ihar Saŭčanka took part. For a few days the artists were living in Kaptaruny: they took photos, met local residents, made notes and shared their professional experience.

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