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Krakow Photo Month: a festival to awaken consciences 


The Krakow Photo Month festival, coordinated by the Dutch curator Iris Sikking, revolves around the theme “Space of Flows: Framing an Unseen reality”. For this event, Sikking has taken three themes – nature, immigration and the digital environment – each accompanied by a dozen exhibitions and additional events. What must be remembered is that, in the face a new global social system where images circulate more easily than people, strictly documentary visual language is powerless. Each artist shown in Krakow, even though all are mostly photographers, is confronted by the limits of the medium and breaks from it to reinforce it with sound, animated images and new technologies, all being used for an unrestrained staging – the display is thought out in four rather than three dimensions, superimpositions are frequent and there is a plethora of written documents, presented sometimes in a sculptural way. The aesthetic seems to be put to the service of the philosophical, even the political, to challenge the invisibility of the system. The fact that the festival opened with an exhibition by Jules Spinatsch is revealing;...

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