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Toulouse: Polish Paradise 2020

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Polish Paradise at Hamburg Trienniale

Polish Paradise at Hamburg Trienniale


A photographic installation, presentation of photobooks, a publication, panel discussions with artists and networking events planned for whole nights – welcome to Polish Paradise in 2020!

Polish Paradise is an informal partnership of three photography festivals in Poland: Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Krakow Photomonth, and TIFF Festival from Wroclaw. These three main photo events in Poland have joined their forces, knowledge and skills to win grants and promote Polish photography abroad. Their aim is to highlight works of the artists who are yet to shoot to international stardom, gain recognition for festivals and, last but not least, to have fun while doing so. So far Polish photography have visited Arles, Goteborg, Tbilisi, Hamburg, New York and Paris, where it was presented in various events, publications, artist talks, slideshows and all night long networking events (read: parties), even in specially prepared campers that drove through half of the Europe to spread good vibes and a good word about Polish photography. 

2020 tour is dedicated to six female photographers: Lena Dobrowolska, Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss (from Sputnik Photos Collective), Dominika Sadowska, Agnieszka Sejud and Karolina Wojtas. Their works will be presented at events such as ManifestO Festival in Toulouse (France), Nida. International Photography Symposium (Lithuania), Kaunas Art Book Fair (Lithuania), as well as at Riga Photomonth (Latvia).

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Organizers: Fotofestiwal – International Festival of Photography in Łódź, Krakow Photomonth, TIFF Festival in Wrocław

Financed under the NIEPODLEGŁA Multiannual Programme for 2017-2022, as a part of the “Cultural Bridges” (“Kulturalne pomosty”) grant programme of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Project financed by the Cultural Division of Municipality of Wrocław.

Upcoming events:


18.09 (Fri) 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (CEST UTC+2h) – opening of the “Polish Paradise Cabin: an exhibition”

artists: Lena Dobrowolska, Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss, Dominika Sadowska, Agnieszka Sejud and Karolina Wojtas

open: from 18.09 until 20.09

“Polish Paradise Cabin: an exhibition” presents works of six contemporary female artists in different stages of their career – giving the viewer the spectrum of topics and artistic approaches specific to each of them. The wide variety of interests goes from archival stories related to the global effects of short-sighted politics, exploring social issues of living in the times of the climate catastrophe. Through the rough and outright visual commentary on media manipulation, family life’s shadows and glows to the visual study of the images and philosophical approach – the very basis of the complex process of creating a photographic image – as physical objects that can signify more than it shows. Each of the artists has established her strong visual language and has placed herself in the present debate on the visual rhetoric of visual culture in Poland. For Polish Paradise project we designed a light installation form that plays with the memories of Polish culture and architecture from the summer time in the 70’s and 80’s.

18.09 (Fri) 10:30 p.m. (CEST UTC+2h) – Polish Paradise Screening

Networking event accompanied by a slideshow dedicated to Polish photobooks 2019/2020, following the opening of the ManifestO Festival.

19.09 (Sat) 5 p.m. (CEST UTC+2h) – photobook signing by Agnieszka Rayss and Agnieszka Sejud, Bookshop

20.09 (Sun) 5 p.m. (CEST UTC+2h) – meeting and guided tour through the “Polish Paradise Cabin: an exhibition”

Meeting connected with a guided tour with the Polish photographers: Antonina Gugała, Agnieszka Rayss, Dominika Sadowska, Agnieszka Sejud and Karolina Wojtas as well as with curators representing the Polish Paradise collective and Polish photo festivals: Fotofestiwal in Łódź (Krzysztof Candrowicz), Kraków Photomonth (Joanna Gorlach) and TIFF Festival from Wrocław (Maciej Bujko). This event will be dedicated to the presentation of the Polish photography scene from a wide perspective. We will discuss different fields of interest of historic and modern Polish female artists on the basis of the works of the invited photographers. We’ll also discuss a cooperation model between artists and festivals gathered under the Polish Paradise collective trademark.


September 18, 2020
September 20, 2020
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