A publication with photographs by Polish artist Sławomir Rumiak, who is very successful on the Far East.
„The Love Book” by Sławomir Rumiak is a rarity in Silesian publishing industry. Not only it is one of the most beautifully designed publications, that came out here in the last few years (designed by Ania Nałęcka), but also it is a collection of really extreme photographs, that are more talked about in the Far East than in Poland.
„The Love Book” is not only a book, it is also the title of an exhibition, which takes place in December in Brama Gallery in Gliwice. Who is not frightened of visions of sophisticatedly tortured women (picking caviar from the viscera or interweaving skin with barbed wire, inclusive), will definitely find satisfaction in deciphering allusions and threads, both baroque and renaissance European art, as well as modern Japanese photography, ahead with Nobuyoshi Araki.
/a fragment of an article by Sebastian Cichocki
About the author:
Sławomir Rumiak — born in 1972. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He was also a lecturer on the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst in Enschede and Institute of Polytechnics in Tokyo. He has been working with photographic techniques, but in recent years he turned to movie and video installations. He is an outstanding draftsman as well. He was the curator of two important exhibitions organized by Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis: „Simon Yotsuya and Friends, or Bellmer in Japan”(2010) and Kishin Shinoyama „Atokata/Traces” (2012). In 2012 his works were exhibited in Zollverein in Essen at multimedia installation „Memory of Work/ Erinnerung an Arbeit”. His works were also a part of multimedia installations „Droga Przemysłowa13”, exhibited in Zinc Mill in Katowice, during INDUSTRIADA 2013.
Details of the publication:
Graphic design: Ania Nałęcka
Translation: Michael G. McMillan, Monika Hertman
Publisher: Frodo, Bytom (in collaboration with Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris)
Year and place of publishing: Bytom 2003
Bilingual edition: Polish and English
The publication was accompanying a photography exhibition „The Love Book” in Brama Gallery in Gliwice, during ⅩⅡ Ars Cameralis Festival 2003.
The publication „The Love Book” was distinguished in anthology „246 Loaded Photography Books: The Edge of Photography”, published in Tokyo in 2005. Sławomir Rumiak is the only artist, who had a whole chapter dedicated to him.