In September 2016 Belarus welcomes «MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MINSK» – the event that for the third year running has been drawing attention to photography as a topic, a tool and an agenda of dialogues, discussions and experience exchange with visual theorists and practicing photographers from Belarus and abroad.
LĒD art-collective presents their debut project “Acquired Reflex” and invites the guests of the “Month of Photography in Minsk” to review personal and collective values.
International Art Project “Concrete Delusion” Edition 1, 2015–2016 by Manuel Schroeder, 29.09 — 15.10
The art project “Concrete Delusion” faces the issue of what can be done with concrete preserved in the form of industrial and architectural fragments and rests in European and post-soviet countries. Based on artists’ statements and public space research outcomes new projects are developed aimed at concrete elements transformation and incorporation into the human perception as “sculptures in the public space”.
The projections by the French photographer Clément Briend together with ten other photographers at the opening, 09.09 and 10.09
Clement Briend uses projections as a method of the perception of the reality. Art works created with the help of home projectors represent an author’s political statement, his desire to discover and to show unseen, hidden realities in the context of the environment.
Sergey Kochergin is a legendary figure in the Belarusian photography and one of the most talented people of his time. He is one of the authors of the book “1200 Cameras from the USSR”. Apart from painting, drawing and carving objects from bone, he also enjoyed making monocles. Sergey’s photographs can be found in the collections of the Niépce Museum of Photography in France.
Series “The Library of the Month of Photography in Minsk”. Valery Lobko, “Photography of Tomorrow”, 07.10
The Month of Photography team starts publishing the annual series “The Library of the Month of Photography in Minsk”. The aim of the publication is to make the public acquainted with the activities and creative works of the Belarusian authors who played a significant part in enhancing the status of the Belarusian photography as an art form and its institutionalization in Belarus. The series aims at putting together the material database which would comprise documents archives, photographs and texts that describe different periods of the Belarusian photography history.
Valery Lobko’s exhibition continues to make the public acquainted with the activities and creative works of the Belarusian authors who played an important role in enhancing the status of the Belarusian photography as an art form and its institutionalization in Belarus.
Valery Lobko is an ideological inspirer of the “Minsk School of Photography” – the consolidated activities of the Belarusian authors in the West during the perestroika times and the first years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Valery also inspired and taught several generations of the Belarusian photographers, he was a master of portrait and street photography.
The exhibition is the result of the international project the “Triple Portrait” which took place in July 2015. A group of artists from Poland, Belarus and Ukraine wandered for 10 days in Podlasie region, stopping at some places for interviews and photos. Dozens of unique images were made in wet collodion technique which is 150 years old.
Photographers, both professionals and beginners have no idea what rights they have after they created their works. This workshop is aimed at sheding light on how the photos copyright issue is regulated by the law at the example of Anton Motolko’s case against the Belarusian TV and Radio Company.
Seven Sputnik photographers went to Belarus to see what was hidden behind the statement “the last dictatorship in Europe”. Slowly, layer by layer, they filtered Belarus and discovered it for themselves. The project, during which the material of the book was compiled, went on for two years. During this time the photographers wanted to collect material to show daily life in Belarus, since things that are seemingly distant from the world of politics and the Lukashenko regime are absent from media reports broadcast around the world.
The series by Latvian photographer Katrina Kepule captures the places where “modern Europe” meets elements of Soviet times, which conflict and overlap at the same time. The pictures capture photographer’s search for a slower time zone that contains more vivid and open expressions, as well as a sense of home and creativity of daily routines beyond the usual urban experience.
This collection has been gathered for almost half a century, since 1970, spontaneously. It became bigger at the expense of exchanges between authors and generous gifts by talented colleagues. And I have never thought of publicly exposing it.
The exhibition will cover the topic of the holiday, ritual and ceremonialism in a post-Soviet city, where the Soviet legacy and the restoration of a conservative ideology are closely intertwined. Designing of history through the “specific dates” of holidays, a collective body, “the specific emotional” of Soviet and post-Soviet cities are some of the key topics of the exhibition.
The exhibition presents documentary photographs of two German photojournalists: Barbara Klemm and Erich Salomon. The first paparazzi and the experts of a hidden camera documented and shed light on the most important and sensational events of their time in Germany and other countries.
Valery Katsuba is a photographer, lives and works in Saint-Petersburg and Madrid. He was born in Siarhiejevičy village near Minsk. For the first time in his native country he will present the best works out of his eight projects (2000–2016), for which narrativeness is typical and therefore the works can be ‘read’ as stories. The exhibition will include works that were shown previously at the Сentre Georges Pompidou in Paris, at the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, in Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and in the Multimedia Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
Using documentary videos, photographs and personal stories of Sochi residents, the authors of the project, a photographer Rob Hornstra and a writer Arnold van Bruggen, tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
We invite you to participate in an intensive two-day workshop by the photographer Rob Hornstra (the Netherlands) in the framework of the festival the Month of Photography in Minsk. The workshop is designed for photographers who have a ready project and look for the ways to promote it.
Hoda Afshar, Owen Leong, Simon Harsent, Ray Cook. “Fables of Change” curated by Alasdair Foster, 09.09 — 07.10
“Fables of Change” project includes the works of four contemporary Australian photographers. Each of the authors raises the topic of multiculturalism, thereby touching the problem of intolerance, conflict and borders, which is very urgent today. The images contain statements about the changes in different spheres – personal, social, cultural, environmental.
“Projecting photography” is a workshop which aims to make photographers manipulate projection to create and show their project. Projection is thinked like an inverse photography, an coming back of the picture into the space. This workshop is a technical, conceptual and artistical exploration of photoprojection including pratice with 35mm mobile slide projectors conceived by Clement Briend.