#Spirituality, #Communities, #Rituals, #Cognition, #Metaphysics, #SupernaturalPhenomena, #Ghosts, #Specters - these are some of the topics which are in the spotlight of the 18th International Festival of Photography in Łódź. This year’s edition, which takes place on June, 13 – 30, will fill every single corner of the city with a variety of events and activities encouraging its audience to visit almost thirty international exhibits and new formerly inaccessible locations. The duration of the festival stretches over three weeks and happens to coincide with the long weekend in June.
The festival programme comprises eight solo shows and one group show that are divided into the three thematic sections. First of all, the festival unveils the projects related to spiritual communities, rituals and cultural roots of spirituality itself. Another section is devoted to the issue of scientific progress scouring for answers to metaphysical questions, to the rational approach to current spiritual exploration. Last but not least, selected art projects demonstrate attempts to convey the invisible and forge a connection with spirits through the creation of an image by the artists who adopt the role of intermediaries or alchemists of sorts.
As usual, the programme will be complemented by a series of workshops, photo-walks in the former factories, evening slideshows with live music, meetings and discussions held in the educational section co-created with the University of Lodz, as well as professional events, particularly Photo-Match – a completely different portfolio review. Hailed by the international community of photography events’ organizers as the trademark of Fotofestiwal, Photo-Match is open also to a wider audience. Finally, a profusion of films devoted to the main theme of the festival and medium of photography itself will be screened as part of our special film programme.
Over twenty accompanying exhibitions will be orchestrated by local gallery spaces, which encourage you to delve even deeper into the urban landscape. Our partners include: Book Art Museum, Municipal Art Gallery, Punkt Odbioru Sztuki, Mała Czarna Gallery, ASP Piotrkowska 68, Wschodnia Gallery, Central Museum of Textiles, Portrait Studio, Wi-MA and Lokal.
Opening of exhibitions in the amazing interiors of the former headquarters of the institutes of German and Roman studies at the University of Lodz. In the column hall and old lecture halls we will see three exhibitions, and then we will dance on the dance floor with the organizers of the most dance cycle in the city – Jazztko. Throughout the night, the corridors of the building will display projects by: Katarzyna Wąsowska, Iacopo Pasqui, Elena Subach, Patrycja Wojtas, Karolina Wojtas (talents nominated by Fotofestiwal to the Futures platform).