The Winner of Vintage Grand Prix 2016 is Izabela Poniatowska and her project “Saints“.
The project is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional collection of images of saints in which they are represented with attributes that allow to recognize them. My “saints” are nameless, their attribution is often located on the border of legibility – this is the way a modern society wants to see the saints, because we live in the world which can not be seen only in white and black terms.
The series (which I intend to continue) consists at the moment 7 work (30×45 cm each), made without using a camera. Photographic paper on which it was placed has been subjected to sunlight (each work was exposed for several days). For work I used flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as transparent paper, on which some elements of the job were painted. Certain batches of photos have been, after the period of exposure, scratched. Original works have not been established, which allowed to owe their color – for this reason, however, I can show on exhibition only the scans of the entire cycle.
The winner of 2nd prize is Marcela Paniak with project “Family stories“.
Photographs from family albums are a testimony to many stories – we watch family photographs and talk to family members to determine our own identity. However, we must always take into consideration the memory factor, which, on one hand, is shaped by photographs and people, and on the other hand, affects the study in many ways. Confronting such an experiment with famous concepts of photography is an interesting experience. Is the reconstruction of our history based on watching family photographs and talking to family members workable at all?
The artworks from the series are made up of the elements such as family photographs and comments coming from various sources. What is more, their use makes us reflect on generally prevalent concepts of photography and also on different than photographic ways of forwarding the history, i.e. writing and telling. It is therefore a reflection on both transience and permanence of what is material and immaterial. In this way, personal photographs and accompanying texts create at the same time a unique and universal message – does photography really perform these functions which we have always thought it does?
The presented practical work “Family stories” combines also with theoretical work „Photography and memory in the study of identity at the example of personal photographs from family albums”. These are two parts of the whole project, which includes such elements as: several months of traveling around Poland, collecting and reproducing family photographs, exploring archives and preparing the family relations scheme, registration and interpretation of told and written family members’ transmissions. All that is just a signal of interest in the topic – this kind of study can last several years or even the whole life.
The winner of 3rd prize is Malwina Adaszek.
This set of photos is my personal journey to childhood times. I wanted to catch the atmosphere of my youngest years of life, when my interests were going around catching a harmony and bound with nature, missing a simple life, life without misery. The polaroid photography (and generally analogue) is a fascinating surprise, I am not able to predict the final effect of shooting. Presented photos are compilation of my sense of esthetic, experience and deep feelings. The lightleaks and imperfection in my opinion emphasize the picture of a fading memories. Polaroids perfectly reflect a nostalghia of the lost days.
Congratulations! Well done to all contestants!
If you want to see whole projects — come to the Vintage Photo Festival 2016!
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