“Push the Sky Away” is a triptych, with each part of the work the consequence of what has gone before, as well as leading on to the next. It is a creative path that has given me an interest in the primeval cultures from which our own cultural codes have grown. As a consequence I attempt to extract an underlying structure, which I believe is unchanging and unchanged. My feeling is that this lies within the tradition of the emotions, rituals, and behavior – elements which are shared in common across all cultures, and to which photography has access.
In december OSTLOOK celebrates the month of polish photography. This time we won’t only show projects about postsoviet Poland, we’ve also selected outstanding works which reflect contemporary issues of the neighbouring countries and complex personal stories. The polish photography scene is active and passionate. International photography events like Fotofestiwal in Lodz, TIFF Festival in Wroclaw and Photo month in Krakow are exposing emerging talents from all over the world. Platforms like „fresh from Poland“ explore new trends, publish and promote upcoming polish photographers. Collectives like „Sputnik“ or „People you may know“ are working on diverse projects around the globe. We will feature a selection of emerging polish artists that represent diverse perspectives of contemporary storytelling, covering personal, subjective, poetic, analytic and conceptual approaches.
Curated by Jewgeni Roppel
This month, the eyes are not only looking to Paris, also in Slovakia a lot of photography events happens. For the 6th time the Off-Festival opened it’s doors in the beautiful old Pisztory Palace in Bratislava.
My father says I am a person from the “lost generation”. He says that we are too lonely, too withdrawn, and constantly change masks creating an illusion of life.
What happens when photographers from all over the world, some Getty editors and a few curators meet up in the south of France? Right, they booze up. At this year’s “Visa pour l’image“ photofestival in Perpignan the champagne coolers were just a busy as the exhibitions, so it seemed. Let us assume that was due to the raging heat though. For the sober ones, the 28th edition of the gathering had a lot in place: over 20 quality exhibitions were located in historic buildings all over the pictoresque town. In the evenings, giant screenings and prize-givings took place in the yard of an ancient monastery. From an OSTLOOK perspective, two prize-winning photographers have to be pointed out.
“Dacha” is one of those russian words, such as “sputnik” and “perestroyka”, which became untranslated internationally used. What is actually a dacha? Commonly it would mean a quite small summer house with a modest garden somewhere out of the city. The dacha season lasts basically from May to September, because regularly houses are not heated and it’s also a time, when one can plant vegetables, flowers and herbs in the garden and children have three months of summer holidays at school.
Mika Sperling born in Norilsk, Russia, moved to Germany with her parents when she was a baby and grew up in Darmstadt. Last year she graduated in Darmstadt with her work “Breeda en Sestre -Brothers and sisters” under the mentoring of Andrea Diefenbach. Now she studies in the masterclass in Bielefeld.
I am sitting by the window, looking at another faceless, bleak panel house. Every day and every night this ridiculous block of flats, a shelter for thousands of anonymous lives, stares at me with its empty eyes, not letting me forget about where I will return.
A Canadian photographer Jen Osborne explores the unique phenomena of the ‘Indian Hobbyism’ throughout Eastern Europe in her work “Red West”. The hobbyism attempts to simulate Native Americans way of life, traditions and reenact some notable battles. There are dozens of pow wows (spiritual gatherings), camps, adventure parks arranged through Europe. The photographer attended different gatherings of the hobbiest through Russia, Poland, Czech Republic Germany from 2011 until 2015 as well as the film settings left from the popular series Winnetou.
Ira Thiessen researches a complex identity of Russian Germans who returned back to their historical motherland in the series of staged portraits “Privet Germania” (Hello, Germany).