Overview participating photographers
Fresh From Poland
Grazyna Siedlecka (Poland, 1985) studied at the Academy of Photography in Kraków, and Russian and Ukrainian Culture at the Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Kraków. She is the founder of Fresh From Poland, an independent platform for contemporary Polish photography. She works as a curator, picture editor and writer. For #SHOWMEYOURUFO, Fresh From Poland collaborated with the FotoBzik Association and the Paper Beats Rock Foundation.
Fresh From Poland is an art platform created in 2014 out of the need to fill up the gap in publishing and promoting new Polish photography worldwide. Focused on exploring new trends and activities in contemporary photography organisation deliberately crosses the boundaries of the medium in its traditional meaning. Besides showcasing best examples of the photographic works platform looks into to the other art forms existing between traditional photography and disciplines such us: books, digital graphic, documentary, fashion and collage. Looking for new perspectives and introducing innovative approach Fresh From Poland aims to share works of young, yet not always well known artists with the wider, international audience and at the same time create opportunities of development. In addition to daily online publications, platform expands their activity towards organising events, exhibitions, publishing books and zines.
Curator: Grazyna Siedlecka
Artists: Tomasz Chowaniec, Dominik Darocha, Pawel Franik, Tomasz Gotfryd, Aleksandra Iwanczak, Edyta Jablonska, Ola Janczak, Jadwiga Janowska, Dorotka Kaczmarek, Kamil #2, Gabriela Kaszycka, Anna Kieblesz, Patryk Klimkowicz, Mikolaj Konkiewicz, Bart Krezolek, Karol Liver, Pawel Maruszak, Przemyslaw Matlag, Olivia Milani, Mateusz von Motz, Izabela Olesinska, Anna Osetek, Aleksandra Pawlowska, Sylwia Penc, Natalia Poniatowska, Kaja Rata, Malgorzata Sajur, Wojtek Skrzypczynski, Aleksandra Szajnecka, Kamil Sleszynski, Patrycja Wanot, Piotr Wilhelmi, Karolina Wojtas, Katarzyna Zolich
Space exploration has received renewed attention in recent years, partly through the emergence of commercial space travel. It demonstrates our innate curiosity and our desire to push the boundaries. Leaving the earth also deepens our understanding of it: who are we, where do we come from, what do we leave behind for future generations? Michael Najjar visited space ports and laboratories and met with numerous scientists and astronauts for a series that blends documentary and fictional scenarios about space exploration. His personal approach is extraordinary: Najjar booked a space flight at Virgin Galactic, in SpaceShipTwo. He’ll be the first artist in space, and is currently following an intensive training programme at space centres in Germany, Russia and the United States. From flying in a MiG-29 fighter jet in the stratosphere and zero-gravity flights to training sessions in a centrifuge, underwater space walks in a heavy space suit and a parachute jump from a height of ten thousand metres – with his camera Najjar captures the extremes he is subjected to in order to research and exemplify his own physical and mental responses.