Galeria Asymetria at Fotofever Brussels

Tour & Taxis
04/10/13 - 06/10/13

The Polish gallery Galeria Asymetria(Warsaw) is invited to take part in FOTOFEVER Brussels, the contemporary art photography fair. It will take place from 4 until 7 October 2013 at Tour & Taxis. This year, 40 galleries have been invited to present the best that current photography and video art has to offer.
Two Polish artists will represent Galeria Asymetria: Lukasz Trzciński and Zofia Rydet.

Galeria Asymetria  |  Lukasz Trzciński  |  Zofia Rydet

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>>> open on Friday 4 October 2013 - 12:00 > 22:00 ; Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2013 - 12:00 > 19:00
>>> €20 (3 days pass) | €12/€10 (1 day pass) | €8 (-26) | free (-12)

>>> Galeria Asymetria ...
... was founded in 2008 in an apartment in a historical tenement in the heart of Warsaw, is the first gallery on the Polish market with an exhibition program devoted to Polish artistic and historical photography. The exhibitions focus on photographic phenomena from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with highlights from other periods from before 1939.
This orientation towards the past is based on extensive research activity conducted in close cooperation with the Archeology of Photography Foundation, an autonomous NGO with a multifaceted program embracing research and promotion of key photographic collections in private possession.
>>> Lukasz Trzcinski...
...was born in 1975 in Krakow, Poland. For over 15 years he worked as a documentary photographer in over 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Russia and Middle East. He is an award winner of the ‘Pictures of the Year International’ competition. Repeatedly awarded in the Polish Press Photography Contest, his photographs have twice won the title of Photo of the Year (1999,2000). Scholarship holder from the National Centre for Culture in Warsaw in the young artists’ programme -  Young Poland. Member of the curator board of the Photomonth festival in Krakow. Until recently interested in Central and Eastern Europe. His key works comprise essays from practically all countries from the former Eastern Bloc. From the outset, this project is stylistically eclectic, as Trzcinski draws his styles for the topics from the point of view that there is no one language which is possible of describing everything. Realised over the course of ten years, Trzcinski simultaneously is an evolutionary mirror image of the author himself – from the classical aesthetics aimed at registering symbolic images, to the intervention of photographing certain situations and a fascination for amateur photography which he recreates through his lens. Today he still believes that reality is merely a starting point – he definitely prefers to transform it.
>>> Zofia Rydet
The intimate and multilayered practice of Zofia Rydet are today part of both the Polish and international canon in the history of photography. Ever since her late debut (Rydet devoted herself to artistic practice after years of work as a saleswoman) she earned a name for being far ahead of the prevailing artistic tendencies in Poland. Her subsequent series of works and exhibitions testify to her independence and modern approach to photography.
The Little Man, which focused on images of children and falls within the tradition inspired by Steichen’s Family of Man, was Rydet’s first major series to be featured in an individual exhibition (Gliwice, 1961). The series proved extremely successful and came to be considered one of the most distinctive works in Polish photography. In the late 1960s the artist began exploring the photomontage, a technique she apparently enjoyed and used for the rest of her life. Initially she juxtaposed fragments of human body with elements of landscape and architecture such as fragments of old buildings. Her further compositions were more elaborate, featuring several photographs and an interplay between foreground and background images, which often formed surreal and extremely intimate visions. Such was the origin of the World of Feelings and Imagination project, published as an album in 1979. Among its intriguing stories was the Sentimental Ballad, a narrative based on a seemingly banal theme of a man and a woman living together, hiding their emotions behind image-masks identical in each photograph.
Parallel to working with collage and photomontage, Rydet practiced “pure” photography developing her most significant series The Sociological Record. This extensive work, which came to include thousands of negatives, dates back to 1978 when the artist embarked on the practice of photographing people in the interiors of old village houses. The arrangement of the photograph taken with a wide angle-camera was usually similar, with the male host facing the camera against the background of the “most important wall”, his hands in his lap.
The series, first exhibited in Gorzów in 1979 amongst conceptual works of distinguished photographers, was a sensational success. With time, it was developed to include a number of smaller sub-series, which featured vanishing professions or images of women standing on the doorsteps of their homes. Consistency, regularity and an exceptionally sensitive approach, have earned this project a place in the avant-garde of world photography. Since her debut Zofia Rydet subjected her life to the passion of photography, participating in hundreds of exhibitions in Poland and abroad, receiving numerous awards and honorable mentions. Her works are in Polish and international collections.


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