PL/Jarocin PL/Silesia - photo exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maciej Ciara   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 23:47


PL/Jarocin PL/Silesia - photo exhibition

It is said that one picture is worth a thousand words, and today visual communication is a very important source of information. Here, photography has an important role to play.

The Norwegian-Polish Academy of Film and Photography was established with the aim of promoting cultural dialogue between Poland and Norway. This exhibition presents images created during a photo workshop organized by the Academy.


The first part of the workshop took place in Jarocin, a small town in Western Poland, and was focused on Jarocin’s rock music festival. The festival was first held in the early 1980s, and gave expression to Polish aspirations to freedom of speech and tolerance.

During this vibrant and dynamic event, we learned how to shoot photographs which have both documentary and artistic value.

The workshop was led by Tomasz Tomaszewski, a press photographer who worked for the American edition of National Geographic for over twenty years. He shared his knowledge about photography as an art form and photo editing as a key to communicating a visual message.

The participants worked on a photo story on an individual subject of their own choice.

The exhibition includes a selection of pictures from each photographer.


This exhibition is the fruit of the second part of the workshop run by the Academy, and depicts everyday life in Silesia, a region situated in south-west Poland. This region has been shaped by the coal-mining industry and this has shaped its unique culture.

The workshop was led by Arkadiusz Gola, a Polish press photographer who works for a Silesian weekly magazine “Dziennik Zachodni”. In his work, he aims to spread awareness of the culture and history of contemporary Silesia.

The workshop had a full and varied program. It provided the opportunity to photograph areas with post-industrial architecture. We benefitted greatly from conversation with the inhabitants of these areas.

The purpose of the project was to show how complex and diverse Polish culture and history are.

Everyone tried to find an element in the environment which inspired them, and to bring it out in their photographs. It was a wonderful experience and great fun for those who took part. The next of the Academy’s workshops will take place in Norway next summer.

Photographers: Damian Andrzejewski, Joanna Chmura, Maciej Ciara, Barbara Deja, Elzbieta Deja, Piotr Gregorczyk, Wlodzimierz Koscielniak, Robert Koziarski, Adrian Larisz, Anna Nowogrodzka, Gry Sissel Opsvik, Urszula Ostrowska, Mai Phan, Merete Sæther, Marius Strande, Zbigniew Zontek


When: 08. October - 15. November 2014

Where: Kunstpassasjen (Jernbanetorget Subway Station) and Deichmanske Bibliotek Majorstuen

Welcome to the official opening of PL/Jarocin PL/Silesia exhibition 15. October 2014 17:30 - 19:00 in Deichmanske Bibliotek Majorstuen (Harald Hårfagresgt. 2, 0363  Oslo).

Promoters: Jarocin XXI Association (PL), FilmForum (PL), Polish Club for Photography and Turism “Klub Zdobywców” (NO), Deichmanske Bibliotek Majorstuen (NO)

Project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds within the frame of Promotion Of Diversity In Culture And Arts Within European Cultural Heritage programme. Project is supported by Gmina Jarocin and Polish Film Institute.



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