Białystok Interphoto Festival is interdisciplinary.
As a continuation of its predecessors, the Festival’s fourth edition aims to consolidate the international platform for exchange of experiences and thoughts of artists from Eastern and Western Europe, enabling cross-border dialogue not only for artists and people interested in photography, but also for the general public.
The festival promotes photography and related media that make up the contemporary form of visual expression.
In addition to the classic artists of this medium we present creators who employ modern themes and techniques, representing the neo avant-garde or utilizing their art in criticism. These presentations not only influence society’s understanding of photography or multimedia, but also expose the modern issues of a civilization absorbed in materialism. They develop sensitivity to moral dilemmas, public and individual change, suffering and political problems of both democratic countries and those governed by various regimes. They draw attention to ubiquitous oppression, McDonaldization, nationalistic threats and the climate, but also distinguish the progress of civilization achieved through scientific means.
The festival’s main subject is “From the Past to the Contemporary. The bounds of time.” Using the medium of photography, it will explore social phenomena that concerned the previous and the present generations from the period after Poland regained independence, through those emerging directly after 1945, to the present day.
One of the main objectives of the festival is also to strengthen the integration of different artistic communities and the international community on the supralocal level, covering not only Poland, but also Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, and, in the future, many other countries, with particular emphasis on Eastern nations.
is a recurrent festival at a high artistic level. It is held biennially, including not only exhibitions but also meetings, lectures, workshops, media shows, school competitions, works which couple photography with music or literature, location based games. The offers are aimed to groups of all ages. The festival has been developing continually since 2013 and it is becoming the most important event of this type expected by spectators, artists and critics not only in Poland, but also in East-central Europe.
The main subject of the festival, regardless of an edition, is A BORDER / A LIMIT, with all of the slogans belonging to it like Genius Loci or fields of individual experience (spiritual or experimental one).
Within the confines of this year’s edition we have planned to involve 200 artists, 10 curators, 15 jurors. There are going to be : 30 exhibitions, 4 workshops, 4 film displays, Portfolio Review and the competitions: INTERPHOTO GRAND PRIX, Street Art, Photography of the young, the show of the photos with live music, the scientific panel, 5 lectures, 30 meetings with the authors, an international stream press conference, solemn inauguration with an audience, the guests, the artists, the local authorities, the curators, the critics, the publishers; a picnic and a photographic walk.
A lot of artists have been invited from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany and the USA; the directors of photography festivals, the jurors and the critics from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain and the USA.
Two big corporate exhibitions are going to be organized with a cooperation with Museum of Art in Ołomuniec (The Czech Republic) and the Museum of Art in Łódź.
The most important artists this year are going to be: Jaromír Funke, Jaroslav Rössler, František Drtikol, Eugen Wiškovský, Heikki Leis, Jiři Šigut, Walentyn Odnoviun, Vitus Saloshanka, Zofia Kulik, Janusz Maria Brzeski, Janina Mierzecka, Krystyna Gorazdowska, Aleksander Krzywobłocki, Jan Neuman, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Tadeusz Maciejko, Stefan Jasieński, Tadeusz Cyprian, Franciszek Groer, Jalu Kurek, Aleksander Zakrzewski, Witold Romer, Franciszka and Stefan Themersonowie, Andrzej Jerzy Lech, Mindugas Kavaliauskas, Georgs Avetisjans, Pavel Maria Smejkal, April Gertler, Wojciech Bruszewski, Zbigniew Dłubak, Edward Grochowicz, Edward Hartwig, Marian Kucharski, Jerzy Lewczyński, Zbigniew Łagocki, Irena Małek – Jarosińska, Wacław Nowak, Andrzej Pawłowski, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Józef Robakowski, Tadeusz Rolke, Zofia Rydet, Andrzej Różycki, Bronisław Schlabas, Jerzy Wardak, Andrzej Zborski.
The festival’s aim is to be a key to develop partnership with other countries of the region and Europe.