Fotofestivals in Slovakia
This month, the eyes are not only looking to Paris, also in Slovakia a lot of photography events happens. For the 7th time the Off-Festival opened it’s doors in the beautiful old Pisztory Palace in Bratislava.
The festival opened at the same time as the traditional Month of Photography and ended last weekend. The Month of Photography is still open till the end of the month. Under the topic “tomorrows Archive” the photographers at Offfestival worked together with young curators and created beside wall displays interesting installations in the old palace. In the Off alterNATIVE also student works from Slovakia Czech Republic and Hungary were exposed.
Olja Triaška Stefanovič and Juraj Blaško presented photo books of their project PHO-BO, an international workshop between the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and other Art schools from Europe. Graphic designers and photographers worked together in a team.
The Festival showed photography in the combination with new media like Video and sound Art and Installation like in the work of Anna Zagrodzka from Poland. She tells a story about the sugar Factory in her home country. Own created looped sounds of the factory lead you in a melancholic and mystic feeling.
Anna’s Website: annazagrodzka.com
Photographer Katalin Száraz worked with her personal photography Archive and created an installation out of her memories. She burned the negatives and melted them together and created new pictures in the projection. She recalls the feeling of reminding and forgetting memories. Some memories stay in your mind forever some get blurred or lose.
Katalins Website: katalinszaraz.com
In Kosice in eastern Slovakia the Festival “Fovember” opened his doors for the second time. Through an open call it was possible for photographers to apply for the small Festivals in beautiful old buildings of Slovakian second largest city Kosice.
On the vernissage the visitors got a guide trough the City and it’s different Festival buildings. In the V KLUBe Zuzana Pustaiová and Vojtech Slama showed their work. The Klub is an old building for young cultural events in the City.
The Slovakian photographer Zana Petrovičová has been working out her project in an exchange semester at the FH Bielefeld in Germany.
Vojtech Slama from Czech Republic showed his colourful pictures from his trips around the world.
Vojtechs Website: vojtechslama.com
Imrich Veber from Czech Republic exposed his story about the village Nove Herminory on the screen and in the booklet nH2O. The Government of Czech Republic decided to build a dam that will fluid the small village and so destroy the living space of the inhabitants. Imrich showed the life of the people who still don’t know when they have to move from their place.
Imrichs Website: imrichveber.com