Neo-avant-garde photography exhibition in Olsztyn

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On June 30th in the Museum of Warmia & Mazury opens a photography exhibition “Presence”. It’s a collection of experimental photos from the 1990s which surround the topic of existence. The vernissage will start at 5P.M. at the Galeria na Poddaszu in Lidzbark Warmiński.

The exhibition “Presence” is composed of photographs taken at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. They belong to neo-avant-garde, or conceptual art, a movement that opposed utopian conceptions and formal experiments. According to Stefan Morawski, there are four trends of neo-avant-garde: technological, hyper-realistic pop-art, ludic-aleatoric and meta-art.

The photos in the exhibition fall into those trends. The Polish neo-avant-garde movement in photography focused on experimenting with form and structure. It was inspired by the theorems of structuralism and neopositivism, and according to those the art process should be rationalized.

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As write the curators of the exhibition Małgorzata Jackiewicz-Garniec and Grażyna Prusińska, “Presence means existing in the present moment, participating, ignoring or rebelling against the mainstream art. It means deciphering cultural codes and reflecting on impermanence and the inevitable flow of time.”

The exhibition was prepared by the Society of Encouragement of Fine Arts and is placed at the castle in Lidzbark Warmiński (a branch of the Museum of Warmia & Mazury). The vernissage will start at 7 P.M. on June 30th.

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