Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

Project 7, 7, 7

2012 — present | Silesian Voivodeship: Bielsko-Biała, Chorzów, Częstochowa, Katowice, Pszczyna, Sosnowiec, Tarnowskie Góry

The project was initiated in 2012 by Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis and Picture Doc Foundation. 

7 photographers, 7 writers, 7 cities 

Main idea of the project was creating personal stories about seven Silesian cities by outside artists — from Poland and abroad. The result of artists’ residencies — photographers and writers — was a collective of personal visions of the region, which was shown to inhabitants of cities participating in the project, as well as to the international audience.

Artists from Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Israel, Germany, Holland, France, Slovakia, Laos and Poland (not with Silesian origins) were invited to take part in the project.

In their quest the documentalists discovered for us Silesia, we don’t notice. An unique tale about modernity of the region, seen through incomers’ eyes, has been told. Each artist chose a street and its present and past inhabitants helped to create a plastic, colorful image of Katowice, Częstochowa, Tarnowskie Góry, Pszczyna, Chorzów, Sosnowiec and Bielsko-Biała.

Writers

Invited to create a literary interpretations of 777

Andrij Bondar

An Ukrainian author of the young generation, poet, literary and translator. In 1997 awarded by a publishing house Смолоскип. 1998—2000 chief editor of a magazine Література плюс. Between 2001 and 2007 was an editor of a literary column in prestigeous weekly magazine Дзеркало тижня. As a poet, he debuted on November 24, 1993 by publishing his poem in a newspaper Подолянин in Kamieniec Podolski. Bondar is an author of three poetry books: Весіння єресь (Kiev, 1998), Істина і мед (Odessa , 2001) and Примітивні форми власності (Lviv, 2004). His poems have been translated into English, German, French, Polish, Swedish, Portugese, Romanian, Croatian, Lithuanian and Belarussian. Furthermore, Andrij Bondar is a translator (Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz, 2002, among others) and a theorist of literature.

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Igal Sarna

Born in 1952 in Tel Aviv. He is a member of editorial council of everyday newspapaer Yedioth Ahronoth, as well as an investigative reporter. After serving as a tank commander during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, he became one of the solider-founders of a movement „Peace Now”. He was honoured an IBM Tolerance Award for his cycle of stories describing the situation of Iranian political prisoners in Israel. Sarna published in Hebrew a biography of Yon Wallach and a novel „The Memory Hunter”. Recently he finished writing „Muzung” — a book about an airplane crash in Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. In 1998, Sarna won the Fullbright’s scholarship and spent a semester at international conference of writers at the Iowa University.

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Ingeborg Jacobs

A reporter who works with German public television (ZDF). Her TV movies concentrate mostly on modern history. They have been honoured the Bavarian TV Award. In cooperation with Propyläen Verlag (Berlin), Ingeborg Jacobs published two books: Freiwild (2008) and Wolfskind (2010) which were very well received across the world.

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Jens Christian Brandt

A former independent Swedisch reporter who specialize in literature and art, he is also teaching journalism in Sweden and Belarus. He was writing about changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His articles were printed in the following Swedisch newspapers „Dagens Nyheter”, „Expressen” and „Sydsvenska Dagbladet”. Jens Christian Brandt traveled to Poland, Prague, Budapest, Wien, Ukraine and Croatia. Currently he is working on a book about Swedisch oil industry in south Sudan.

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Magdalena Sodomková

She was born in east part of Czech Republic, she graduated the University in Opawa. After graduation she was working as a reporter in newspaper "MF Dnes” for seven years. She started as a regional journalist, later she became a correspondent for a weekly magazine Reflex, among others. As a reporter she traveled to many countries, mostly in Europe, but also Birma, Cuba or Syria. Her speciality is Poland — a country she visited many times and learned to love like a homeland. Among topics of her articles are Czech cultural life, Greek demonstrations, Ukrainian coal-mines, life in Mongolia, slums, among others. She publishes articles in "Presseurope”.

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Sylwia Chutnik

A cultural-studies scholar, graduate of the Department of Gender Studies of the Warsaw University, chairwoman of MaMa Foundation which focuses on improving situation of mothers in Poland. A Warsaw city guide. A writer and columnist in magazines such as ,,Polityka”, „Pani”, ,,Dziecko” and ,,Bluszcz”. Her texts were published in joint publications as well as exhibition catologs of modern art and theatrical programs (Teatru Wielkiego-Opery Narodowej, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki). She is an author of following novels „Kieszonkowy Atlas Kobiet” (Ha!Art 2008), ,,Dzidzia” (Świat Książki 2009), „Warszawa Kobiet” (Biblioteka Polityki 2011) and a cycle of feuilletons ,,Mama ma zawsze rację” (Mamania 2012). Both of her novels could be seen in Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw and Teatr Hanny Modrzejowskiej in Legnica. She is also an author of two plays: ,,Muranooo” (Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw and ,,Aleksandra” (Teatr Dramatyczny in Wałbrzych) . 

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Tatiana Shcherbina

One of the most recognizable and significant Russian poet, journalist and translator. She graduated philology on the University in Moscow. For a long time she published her poetry in secret (samizdat — a secret publications and distribution of literature forbiden by the Soviet Union). In the early years of perestroika she was able to show publicly her poetry and became famous in the Soviet Union and the West. Soon afterwards the paper „Pravda” called Shcherbina "an enemy of the Soviet way of life", which forced her to leave the country and settle in Munich where she started working for Radio Free Europe. Finally she moved to France. Since 1991 Shcherbina published five poetry books, a novel and a book with translation of modern French poetry. In the middle of the 1990's Shcherbina came back to Moscow, where she still creates poetry and works as a journalist and publicist in a paper „Kommiersant-Daily”.

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Photographers

Invited to create a photographic interpretations of 777

Filip Vančo

A pedagogue, lecturer in high school in Bratislava, curator at Photoport Gallery. He works at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. He founded a magazine „Park” (1996–2002) and had exhibitions in Slovakia and many European countries. His photographs incarnate a subjective character of a document. Vančo, through his photographs and describing things he is interested in, tries to comunicate to the audiance his feelings, outlook and thoughts. Some of important achievements are a cycle of black and white photographs showing his trip to England in 1994 and a cycle "Symbols" — very visual, colorful and interesting photographs referring to further meanings.

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Flore Aël Surun

A French photographer who shows in her reportages hard and unspoken topics. She graduated Major Book at EFET in Paris, where she now lives and works. In 2003 she joined photographic agency Metis, since 2004 she co-founded a group called Tendance Flou. In 2001, she made a documentary for FTM-MTF, which was a cycle of portraits of women who became men, treating the gender and identity topic very subtly. The talk of the town was her reportage Sure-Vie Sous, showing everyday life of people forced to go underground in Bucharest. Throughout her works she joins a fight against violence and terror. She often touches topics dedicated to political activity and young activists who participate in demonstrations, fight for world peace, ecology, as well as against inequality and social injustice.

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Kadir van Lohuizen

He is probably the best recognizable for his long-term photographic project about seven rivers of the world and „the diamond industry”. He was honored with many awards for photoreport, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, together with ten other photographers he co-founded NOOR Agency (Amsterdam, New York). In 2008, he became a member of the World Press Photo foundation’s council. His publications include: „Diamonds Matters, the diamond industry” (publisher: Mets & Schilt Holland; Dewi Lewis UK; Umbrage editions USA) and „Rivers” (Mets & Schilt).

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Lâm Duc Hiên

In his French passport his birth date is June 20, 1966. In fact, he was born in the Year of Cat according to the moon calendar, by the Mekong river in his homeland Laos. In France he is best known for his cycle of reportages from Romania, Kurdistan, Moscow, Mauretania, Yugoslavia, Haiti, Wietnam, Rwanda and Tibet. Empathy is the basis of every work of Lâm Duc Hiên. In 1977, in the face of long-term war in his homeland, the photographer was forced to leave and move to France, where he graduated at Les Beaux-Arts in Lyon and started working as an independent reporter. The world recognized his talent and works thanks to many awards he received — „Moins Trent” (1994, Le Centre National de la Photographie), „Leica” (1995,Germany) or „World Press Photo" (2001, category: portraits, cycle: „Sous Les Irakiens Embargo” ).

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Sergey Maximishin

A Russian photoreporter, who served in the Soviet Army as a photographer in the Russian military base in Cuba (1985—87). In 1991, he graduated phisics at the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology. He worked at the State Hermitage Museum in the laboratory of technical expertise. He also worked a sa photographer for a daily paper "Izwiestia" (1999—2003). Since 2003, he has been working for Focus Agency and as a press photographer for many international papers, such as Times, Time, Newsweek, Parool, Liberation, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Stern, Business Week, Focus, Der Profile, Corriere della Sera, Izvestia, Ogonyok, Itogi. Maximishin's works have been awarded repeatedly in the prestigous press photography competitions.

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Tomasz Kizny

A photographer and journalist, working for Polish newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza". He is particulary interested in Russian topics, following the footstep of great thinkers such as Gustaw Herling-Grudziński. His works focuses on the visual history of Soviet totalitarian system. Since 1980, he has been creating a project devoted to the Gulag in Soviet Union, which was eventually published in a book "Gulag" (Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Barcelona 2003 and New York 2004, as well as Moscow 2007). Currently he is working on a book and an exhibition "The Great Terror 1937-1938". His works have been exhibited in Poland and worldwide.

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William Daniels

French photographer who focuses on humanitary and social issues, he brings up the topics of isolated or „wounded” communities. His photographic career started with images of street children of Phillipines, for which he was awarded in 2004. The Lagardere Foundaton’s scholarship he received in 2007 allowed him to create a project called „Faded Tulips”, which was a social and political portrait of Kyrgyzstan (published in 2010). His works realised during a long-term project about malaria „Mauvais Air” were exhibited in Pont des Arts in Paris (2008), as well as awarded World Press Photo (2007) and POYi (2008).

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