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Opening of the exhibition


Photography Never Dies consists of 8 cross-sectional art projects with the participation of 10 artists from 6 countries. One of the most interesting are the works of duo Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger, who built, in their suiss atelier, special scenography and reconstructed the most famous photos, starting with the window view of Nicéphore Niépce from 1827, up to the burning World Trade Center, captured on 11 september 2001 by John Del Giorno. The strong punch line will be the work of Erik Kessels. This is a personal story about the death of his 9 year old sister. The last photo found in the album has become the testimony of her life. This image got a status of a family icon. Erik places this photography in many new contexts and on multiple media, so his sister – as author believes – will live forever.

During the exhibition will also be presented works of Francesca Serevalle – italian curator, who for years studied the so-called „Milestones” of photography. Projects of Catherine Balet and Ricardo Martinez Paz are a metaforical story abour the road of photography. An insideful look of this french artist sometimes has the nature of parody and the grotesque distorting mirror. Especially for the exhibition, Catherine Balet prepared some new photos, inspired by the work of an artist from Wroclaw – Natalia LL and other polish photographers. A french collector Jean-Marie Donat has created a unique collection of historical images, which he grouped into the thematic categories. Hinz, a famous German documentary for almost fifty years was photographing creators and artists. Tom Statye is mostly interested in the role of the individual in the contemporary digital culture. His installations Face Book and #selfie are a suggestive comment to today’s role of photography in the global melting pot. There is a Polish accent as well: Artur Urbański in his project Live View compiled nineteenth-century ideas taken from the romantic paintings of Caspar David Friefrich to the current ways of experiencing beauty.

Almost 99% of the photos created in 2015 have been stored in the memories of mobile phones. Apparently now we do a number of pictures within two minutes, as the whole of humanity has done in the nineteenth century: – I’m doing an exhibition to tell the story. It will be a journey since the invention of photography to its immortality. The very title of the exhibition Photography Never Dies is a great metaphor. Obvious is, that everything passes, is in time of transformation and also disappears. This title is a hope and a punch line of this history at the same time. A history, which does not seek an answer to the question what will photography be in the future – explains Candrowicz. Exhibition Photography Never Dies is a symbolic story about the birth of the medium, its evolution and values which lie in the nature of the medium itself. The project took the from of a metaphorical illustration of the history of photography at the end of 177 years of its existence. The exhibition is not a study or analysis of encyclopaedic or historal character, it’s primarily a reflection on the role of photography in our lives.

17.11.2016 – 08.01.2017
Main train station, Wroclaw, Poland
European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016
Curatorial concept by Krzysztof Candrowicz

opening hours: tuesday, wednesaday, friday, saturday and sunday: 11:00-19:00, thursday: 13:00-21:00