Overview participating exhibitions

An Ocean of Possibilities
2014

An Ocean of Possibilities

Tomasz Tomaszewski

Elmina, Ghana

The Ghanaian town of Elmina was founded in the 15th century by the Portuguese as the first European settlement in West Africa. While gold mining and the slave trade originally played an important role here, today fishing in the most important source of income. Without adopting the contemporary technology used in modern, industrial fishing, or the aggressive conduct of the Chinese fishing boats in particular, the fishermen of Elmina courageously fight for their existence. They have established small cooperatives that share out the income from their small-scale fishing among their members. In that way they can provide a living for themselves, without any form of governmental support.

The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar - The Exhibition
2013

The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar - The Exhibition

Tomasz Tomaszewski

Sugar Towns (Indonesia)

The Javanese sugar towns were originally erected by the Dutch mainly for the purposes of producing white sugar that could be shipped to Europe and then distributed to other takers. After the Dutch left, the factories continued to produce sugar, albeit under less favourable circumstances. Nowadays the Indonesian sugar industry has many facets; some truly modern, some still harking back to the days when the Dutch were in charge. The Polish photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski documented the sugar towns in Java, starting his journey from the Perayaan Buka Giling, the traditional sugar festival that is intended to bring good luck for the coming production season.

  • Sugar Towns

  • Sugar Towns

  • Sugar Towns

  • Sugar Towns

  • Sugar Towns

The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar
2012

The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar

Tomasz Tomaszewski

Sugar Town (Indonesia 2011)

Tomasz Tomaszewski  (Poland) focuses on old-fashioned sugar production in Javanese sugar towns. The sugar towns were erected by the Dutch to produce white sugar that could be shipped to Europe and sold further on. After the Dutch left, the factories kept on producing, but under less favourable circumstances.

Tomaszewski documents the first weeks of the annual harvest season, starting off with Perayaan Buka Giling: the traditional sugar festival intended to bring good luck over the harvest. 

  • Sugar Town (Indonesia 2011)

    Workers at Pangka sugar factory.

  • Sugar Town (Indonesia 2011)

    Locals dressed as Javanese mythical characters during the Buka Giling festival in Madukismo sugar factory. .

  • Sugar Town (Indonesia 2011)

    A bull head, just cleaned before use in the Buka Giling festival at Tasikmadu sugar factory, Surakarta.

Land
2010

Land

Tomasz Tomaszewski

A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

The history of rural Poland is scarred by the formation of the communist collective farms. After a process of expropriation and expulsion, they were established on the land of old estates. Although totally unproductive, for just under a half century the state farms were the advertisement for the socialist victory over the bourgeoisie. But as symbols of the hated system, they disappeared after the revolution of 1989, after which their residents were again struck by tragedy. Some saw their chance to better their lives, but many missed the boat. In A STONE’S THROW Tomasz Tomaszewski wishes to pay homage to the people of rural Poland. In contrast to official statements, he says, they are marginalised and abandoned, a blind spot in collective memory. His photographs are characterised by anger about the destruction of a heritage and by compassion for those who try to make the best of things. In this way he seeks to decrease our distance to a world we normally ride past, pedal to the metal.

  • A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

    The history of rural Poland is scarred by the formation of the communist collective farms. After a process of expropriation and expulsion, they were established on the land of old estates. Although totally unproductive, for just under a half century the state farms were the advertisement for the socialist victory over the bourgeoisie. But as symbols of the hated system, they disappeared after the revolution of 1989, after which their residents were again struck by tragedy. Some saw their chance to better their lives, but many missed the boat. In A STONE’S THROW Tomasz Tomaszewski wishes to pay homage to the people of rural Poland. In contrast to official statements, he says, they are marginalised and abandoned, a blind spot in collective memory. His photographs are characterised by anger about the destruction of a heritage and by compassion for those who try to make the best of things. In this way he seeks to decrease our distance to a world we normally ride past, pedal to the metal.

  • A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

  • A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

  • A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

  • A STONE’S THROW (Poland, 2009)

Biography

Tomasz Tomaszewski (Poland, 1953) is a socially engaged press photographer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Time, Stern, National Geographic and Nieuwe Revu. He has published several books, including A Stone’s Throw, Remnants, The Last Jews of Poland, In Search of America and In the Centre. Tomaszewski has taught in Poland, America, Germany and Italy.

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00