FUNDACJA EDUKACJI WIZUALNEJ
Lodz, Poland | May 2016
June 11 2016
Flâneur by lodz - Fotofestiwal
Presentation of the project Flâneur - New Urban Narratives
With Dima Gravich (photographer), Franek Ammer (Fotofestiwal), Nuno Ricou Salgado (Procur.arte) and Pedro Costa (Dinâmia|CET)
Theatre room, Art_Inkubator, Tymienieckiego 3 - Lodz
From June 09 2016 to June 19 2016
Flâneur by lodz - Exhibition
HIT THE ROAD: Flâneur- New Urban Narratives
Piotrkowska street/ Rubinstein Passage
Fotofestiwal presents monographical exhibitions and group shows that address our theme. The artists represent eleven countries and three continents and the places they photographed cover the planet.
Our principal contemporary survey is “Road Trips”, eight artist’s installations that consider travel in both history and recent practice and combine a variety of techniques and technologies to express the experience of seeing a new place for the first time.
“Flâneur: New Urban Narratives” displays the results of three non-Polish photographs commissioned to explore Lodz and present their findings in an innovative outdoor installation. Current events force us to acknowledge that not all travel is plea
The project will take place in Lodz, the third largest city in Poland according to the amount of inhabitants, located in the middle of the country in a close distance from Warsaw – the Polish capital.
Past and traditions provide an opportunity of organizing international cultural events in Lodz. The combination of many cultures, histories and religions (Polish, German, Jewish and Russian) influences present time of our city. Lodz is becoming more and more cultural and economically developed city with a lot of places dedicated to art and culture, historic monuments, beautiful parks, “alternative” places as well as shopping centers or restaurants.
Lodz is an industrial city with electronic and textile companies and factories due to its history. But despite this fact there are many student and youth activities in our city. Lodz has many universities, colleges, academies, technical university. The Leon Schiller's National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz (Panstwowa Wyzsza Szkola Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna im. Leona Schillera w Lodzi) is the most notable academy for future actors, directors, photographers, camera operators and TV staff in Poland.
Who we are
Foundation of Visual Education organizes educational and cultural activities. The most important event is Fotofestival - the International Festival of Photography in Lodz, which is now in its 15th year. As the most important photographic event in Central and Eastern Europe, Fotofestival receives annual support from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Łódź. The artistic director for years 2015 and 2016 is Alison Nordstrom, PhD – a world famous and internationally recognized expert in photography. The most recent edition of Fotofestiwal drew 23 000 international visitors and 700 participants in the educational program, 250 artists, and 220 journalists. It presented 52 exhibitions and 28 accompanying exhibitions, reached 901 publications and was followed by more than 21 500 fans on social media.
The Foundation takes part in other regional, national and international actions too, including PhotoPoland which promotes Polish contemporary photography around the world (the latest edition was organized in New York City during the Photoville Festival in 2014) as well as other exhibitions, meetings, conferences, where the main goal is to create a cooperation between different organizations related to photography and to make this art available to public of all kinds.
The Foundation is also a member of Festival of Light (Worldwide) and Photo Festival Union, an association of 30 European festivals of photography. Thanks to this network, the Foundation exchanges information and experience with other associated members and cooperates with them within the exhibitions, lectures, workshops, slide-shows and portfolio review programs.
Our Foundation cooperates closely with three other organizations which are based in the same building - Lodz Art Center, Chorea Theatre Association and Fabryka Sztuki. Those organizations work on various cultural projects together making their headquarters a lively artistic place full of interesting people - amateurs and professionals, local and international, performers and public. An inspiring spirit and strong involvement in carried actions are always present here.
Offices are located close to the city center and Piotrkowska street - the most important street in Lodz.
The team of the 2015 edition of the Festival is composed by:
- Director: Krzysztof Candrowicz
- Artistic Director: Alison Nordström
- Program Director: Agata Zubrzycka
- Executive Director: Sylwia Witkowska
- Marketing Director: Joanna Majkowska
- International Projects Manager: Paulina Bester
- Sales & Sponsoring Director: Mariusz Musiałek
- Spokesperson, PR: Justyna Kociszewska
- Project Coordinator: Izabella Rześniowiecka-Walter
- Grand Prix Project Coordinator: Wiktor Szkopek
- Exhibitions Coordinator and OFF Piotrkowska: Franciszek Ammer
- Guest Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator: Paula Strugińska
- Accountant: Anna Gacka, Ewa Pakos