"Art of Land" and "Return" - photography exhibition
ART OF LAND - 29 June - 31 August 2016
Feel invited to "Art of Land", a retrospective photography exhibition showcasing works of art commissioned by the Land Art Festival, and to "Return", a cycle of gum bichromate photographs by Robert Pranagal.
These photographs present a selection of the works of artists who, in the course of the last 5 years, created the Land Art Festival. Jarosław Koziara, one of the most characteristic and recognisable Lublin-based visual artists, is the originator and curator of the Festival. Since its inception in 2011, the Festival has been traversing the Lublin region in search of its most picturesque areas, showing that art can form an integral part of nature, that it can highlight its beauty, that it can encourage humans to build good relations with their surroundings. So far the Festival has left its mark on the Kazimierz Dolny area, on the borderland of Poland, Ukraine and Byelorussia, on Zwierzyniec, Józefów and their vicinity, and on the Roztocze National Park.
Artists participating in the Festival represent a diversity of genres within visual arts as well as different nationalities and generations. As emphasised by Jarosław Koziara, “we would like this artistic, interpersonal and intercultural dialogue to contribute to a better and better understanding of arts, nature and us as fellow human beings.”
The Festival is organised by the Latająca Ryba (Flying Fish) Foundation and the Marshal Office of the Lublin Voivodeship. Since 2015 the Festival has been also co-organised by the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin.
The 2016 Festival takes place in the Podlasie Bug River Gorge area. Leading along the route marked by this year’s artworks, the vernissage will begin on 9 July, in the village of Bubel Łukowiska, near Janów Podlaski.
Official website of the Land Art Festival: www.landart.lubelskie.pl
RETURN - 29 June - 31 August 2016
In the so-called “silent nook”, we have collected 23 photographs telling, this time around, a particularly personal story of the Land Art Festival told through the medium of noble photography techniques by Robert Pranagal.
This is how the photographer describes his work:
To me, land art is a form of art that returns to its roots. To the primal means of expression, functions and meanings, materials and tools. I made a similar attempt, aiming to transmit the magic inherent in the works, the energy of their creators and the remarkable aura of the place through the old-time technique of single-layer gum printing. Acacia tree resin, black pigment extracted from grapevine, unembellished paper, life-giving solar light, water, time and patience gave rise to personal and unforgettable pictures. At the same time, I managed to regain first-hand contact with the material I processed – the contact that I lost in the age of terror of technical perfection that typifies contemporary instant images.
Gum dichromate is one of the noble photography techniques, known since the beginning of photography, dating back to the nineteenth century. It relies on the photo-sensitivity of chromate salts and involves the usage of printing-out paper covered with a photo-sensitive emulsion, based on gum Arabic and a pigment of one’s choice. As a result, ensuing prints are not only characterised by mood-inducing tonality but are also unique as they often contain imperfections that further add to their unprecedented character.
An absolute self-taught photographer and experimentalist. Fascinated by the world as a medium and by the freedom that photographic interpretation provides. As he himself declares, “he aspires to make photos that will transgress the commonplace record of real-life platitudes.” So far, he has had five solo exhibitions and participated in a few dozen collective ones both in Poland and abroad. Member of the Republic of Poland’s Photo Club Association, participant in photography salons, laureate and recipient of medals and honorary mentions at photography salons organised under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) in over 20 countries worldwide.
Grand Opening: 29 June 2016, 18:00/ 6 pm, Opera Hall foyer (level +1)
The exhibitions are open till 31 August 2016.
Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin (level +1, +2, +3 and the "silent nook" in level +1)
Tuesday 10-20 (10am-8pm), Wednesday 12-18 (12pm-6pm), Thursday-Sunday 10-20 (10am-8pm)