Adam Mazur’s lecture ‘What Does a Woman Want?’ Thoughts on the New Polish Photography
The lecture is organised as part of the education programme of the Riga Photography Biennial and is dedicated to the freshest and most youthful Polish photography to date, which is characterised by a distinctly feminine voice. The decision to focus on female photographers as part of this Biennale is not unintentional. A closer look at this local Polish, as well as the global art scene,shows that currently the field of photography is dominated by women and feministic vision. Artists like Amalia Ulman (PL), Audrey Wollen (US), Petra Collins (CA), Mayan Toledano (IL/US) and Juno Calypso (UK) are defining a new photography which ingeniously fuses experience of the digital, post-internet and social media revolutions with themes exploring identity and feminist concepts.
Yulia Krivich, Weronika Lawniczak, Joanna Piotrowska, Wiktoria Wojciechowska and Marta Zgierska are among some of the most noticeable contemporary emerging Polish artists. What is it, the photography created by these young women and others? What distinguishes it and makes it so intriguing and inspiring? What do women see and how do they see it? Finally, and more fundamentally, what do they actually want from the public, from photography and from art? Adam Mazur’s (PL) visually enhanced lecture, supplemented with sticking examples of work, will present his interpretation of the relationship between female artists and the world of photography. In addition, his essay on the same subject will feature in a special publication created by Riga Photography Biennial 2016-2018 to mark its intermediary year.
Adam Mazur works as an art critic, curator and editor-in-chief of Szum magazine. During the years 2002-2013 he worked at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, and curated several exhibitions. Published the books Histories of Photography in Poland 1839-2009 (2010), New Phenomena in Polish Photography after 2000 (2012), among others. In 2013 he established a research platform focusing on Polish photobooks. His main interests are contemporary art and documentary photography.
Curator: Šelda Puķīte (Latvia)
Organisers: Riga Photography Biennale in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Image: Yulia Krivich (Poland), from the series Presentiment (2014 - ongoing)