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ITF OPAVA

Made in Opava 2

ITF OPAVA

Made in Opava 2

The Polish students of the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Opava.

The curators of the exhibition: Vladimír Birgus and Michał Szalast, cooperation with Ondřej Durczak and Václav Podestát.

The exhibition Made in Opava 2 freely refers to the bigger one Made in Opava which, at the beginning of the year, was presented in History of Katowice Museum. It includes contemporary works of Polish students of the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Opava. Among the students there are some from Białystok: Katarzyna Hanusz-Oleksy, Aleksandra Śmigielska, Artur Reszko and Maciej Jencz.

When, in 1990, the Institute of Creative Photography was created in Opava, photography, as a separated subject, could be studied only in two countries out of all post-communist ones in Europe – at FAMU in Prague and Academy of Fine Art in Leipzig. Gradually, the Institute of Creative Photography has been successfully created as a respected institution where students can get Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD’s degree. The Institute has an accreditation to habilitate docents or to appoint professors. Almost half of the students come from foreign countries, mainly from Slovakia and even more from Poland. Among the teachers there are three Poles - Jan Brykczyński, Rafał Milach and Michał Szalast. Many of the graduates and the students have gained important and strong position not only in Polish but also in an international photographic arena.

Some of the main reasons why the Institute attracts so many students of different generations and nationalities are also that there is very informal and friendly atmosphere, and there is no unnecessary distance among the teachers and the students and there are no cultural and language differences. The students can find inspiration and mutual help, respect and friendship. People who did not know one another before, very often make friends for all their life during studies in Opava.

Besides the main exhibition Made in Opava, the sound projection, the exposition of the students’ photobooks and their theoretical theses can be seen. 96-page Polish-English catalogue is available here.