1.09./ 29.10. INTERPHOTO FESTIVAL 2017, Bialystok

International Photography Festival Bialystok INTERPHOTO takes place every two years and is currently one of the most important events of its kind in Poland. Białystok Interphoto is a cyclical festival of high artistic standard, which takes place every two years. It includes not only exhibition activities, but also meetings, lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations, school competitions, activities combining photography with music or literature, and city games.

The main theme of the festival, regardless of its edition, is THE BORDER, with all its associated dimensions, from Genius Loci to areas of individual experience on the intellectual, spiritual or experimental level.

The organizers - Association of Photography and Multimedia Forum - create in the Podlasie border region a place where experiences can exchange as well as the co-operation between the artists from the Eastern and Western Europe, who pay attention on important social, identity and formal issues in the field of contemporary media as artistic expression. By photography they are constantly expanding their international platform for cross-border dialogue in the context of the development of democratic societies, while increasing the awareness and sensitivity of the inhabitants of different cultural traditions to the aspects of freedom.

This year's third edition of the festival has been extended to include jurors, reviewers and experts from almost the whole Europe representing similar events in the main cultural centers of our continent. Thanks to them, the festival is enriched with INTERPHOTO Grand Prix and International Portfolio Review.

In September begins the 3rd edition of INTERPHOTO 2017, the International Photography Festival in Bialystok, which has the theme "The Limits of Tolerance". The event is financed from the funds of the Minister of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, by the City of Bialystok and on the basis of direct financial support from the Marshal Office of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. This year, in addition to artists from different countries during the festival, we will host reviewers, curators and critics responsible for similar events from European cities that make up the opinion environment not only in Europe but also in the whole world.

Within the framework of the festival there will be 34 individual and group exhibitions of artists from Poland and abroad. There will be more than 50 different activities, including workshops (eg rare European daguerreotype workshops run by Lithuanian artists), film screenings, meetings, lectures and other forms of talk about photography.

More than 200 artists will participate in exhibitions, workshops, lectures and meetings. More than 30 organizations and institutions is involved into the festival, and Interphoto will cover more than 23 locations: cultural institutions, universities, educational institutions, housing clubs, coffee houses, NGO's and public spaces.

The theme of this year's edition is "Limits of Tolerance", which will be answered by such artists as Martin Kollar, Istvan Halas, Andriy Bojarov, Arnis Balcus, Maria Kapajeva, Jan Pohribny, Alexander Vasukovich and Bogdan Konopka. The Festival will also present numerous group exhibitions, the most important of which will be the presentation of the curator Lech Lechowicz "Zero-61" or Adam Mazur's "Central by East Central" curatorial presentation of contemporary post-communist countries photography.

See more at: http://www.interphoto.pl

A comment from the Director of the Interphoto:


The word 'tolerance' and the recommendation of tolerance are, as we know, extremely popular; but this is usually the case with words that are often used that are used carelessly, carelessly, and for the most varied purposes, so that it is not known in the end what they are about.

Leszek Kołakowski

Liquid modernity abounds in countless varied forms of human activity. It manifests itself in the social, artistic, philosophical, art, and individual human groups. The world, on the one hand, is going to unify and open up, and on the other, it is subjected to the effects of restricting the independence of private by national and totalitarian tendencies. Opposing consumption and lack of time comes the desire to return to personal values ​​affirming the slowing down in all manifestations of human life. This dualism is deeply rooted in the history of humanity from its inception up to the present day and is a direct factor in the development of tolerance, which systematically extends its borders, but also constantly limits them.

The invention of photography, which was a natural consequence of industrial development, immediately replaced painting in the mimetic sphere - no skills or tools allowed to render reality so vividly beforehand. However, it did not lead, as Paul Delaroche declared, to the death of the "old" medium. It allowed artists total freedom, thus forcing the audience to redirect attention to new, not always understandable territories of research. Lets dont be fooled, there are many people who do not understand abstraction, but at the same time willingly wear clothes with non-imaginary patterns. Perhaps the opposite of this is the ability to abstract concepts that belong solely to man. Only if this changes? We can both, love and hate, while believing in the good, we often do wickedness. We are tolerant of our own behavior, but we do not accept others. We wipe and distort the memory of the past generations (I recall - photography is also a memory), creating a new, often completely different social fabric. Where are the Limits of Tolerance and consent? Is photography as a cultural phenomenon, through which the modern man knowledge is indisputably formed, can answer this question? Note, photography is only an image, not a reality, is only its interpretation.

The organizers of the International Photography Festival Bialystok INTERPHOTO 2017 invited to participate in this year's edition artists, whose work in many ways tries to address the border problem as a form of compelling, affect the socio-political issues. Such positions are expressed by Arnis Balcus, Martin Kollar and Öncü Hrant Gültekin.

Bogdan Konopko, Wojciech Zawadzki, Istvan Halas seek the interdependence which gives the freedom and personal affirmation of the world fixed in their images. By approaching the essence of photography they simultaneously attempt to understand "the stranger".

Andrij Bojarov is analyzing the process of forming an individual personality in the context of collective image memory.

Marek Noniewicz, Jan Pohribný, Krzysztof Ligęza and Tomasz Michałowski find an excuse to cross the limits by symbolic touching the space of the Universe.

Separate, sociological attitudes are represented by Maria Kapajeva, Nassim Hadjbenali, Alexander Vasukovich and Janusz Połom, whose record directly concerns tolerance in the context of current events. Also worth mentioning is the exhibition of the Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus and the collective exhibitions.

In conclusion, I will reiterate again the words of the world famous Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski: The potential for intolerance is in each of us, because the need to impose one's own image of the world is generally strong; We want everyone to believe in the same as we do, because then we feel spiritually safe [...].

Artistic Director of the Festival
Grzegorz Jarmocewicz