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Modernist Lviv
October 6, 2019
Photo plein air on documentary photography "Modernist Lviv".

Dates: October 3-6, November 7-10, 2019
 
Description
The "Modernist Lviv" project is a program of open international plein air sessions inviting anyone interested in urban documentary photography.
In a broad sense, the goal of the project is to improve the skill of photography and of individual feeling of environment, the art of creative work with a camera in a complicated multifaceted urban space. 

The focus of the plein air session is an attempt to visualize the modern function of postwar architecture of Lviv and its contemporary role within the context of the development of the city. The photo session will focus on the subject of Modernist architecture of Lviv of the second half of the 20th century, such as of the 1960-70s, designed by the couple of architects Muza and Anatoliy Konsulov.

Photo plein air session will take place as part of the exhibition by the Center for Urban History "Phototecture of Modernism" that reconsiders and interprets the projects implemented by the Konsulovs through a category of "distance": "media," "temporal," "professional" and the "distance of experience."

The final expected outcome of the joint efforts will be the creation of coordinated visual essay describing the role of Modernist fabric of the city in correlation with the modern reality, as well as relevant social and cultural contexts of Lviv and its citizens.
 
Format
The project formula provides for two series of plein air sessions in Lviv during the weekend in the period from October to November. Each plein air is a Ukrainian Polish work in pairs of participants curated by an experienced tutor, a photographer, who will encourage a diversity of approaches and the freedom of individual interpretation of topics. The plein air will engage eight participants from Poland and Ukraine. Selection for the project implies the presence at all of the series of the plein air and the work on an individual project in Lviv.
 
Tutors

Marcin Zaborowski – a journalist, photographer. Since 2009, he works with the National Geographic Polska. Simultaneously, he worked with El País, The Guardian, AZ Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, Focus, National Geographic Polska, Aleteia, Halewijn, National Geographic Polska Magazine, Magazyn Pismo, doc!photoma-gazine, Angkor Photo Festival&Workshops and Transylvania Photo Festival.
Currently, he works on a long-term documentary project on the persecution of Muslim minorities in South Asia, more known as Rohingya.

Michal Zelinski — a press photographer, and a journalist. His focus is on topics related to ethnic minorities and social issues of the Near East and Post-Soviet countries. His interests also include armed conflicts. He does photography, both military and warfare, while clearly distinguishing between the two. As a reporter, he covered conflicts, such as in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, and also in Ukraine. Participated in individual and group exhibitions.
 
Olha Zarechniuk — a historian of architecture, architectural editor of the "Lviv Interactive" of the Center for Urban History. She graduated from the Department for Restoration of the "Lviv Polytechnics" National University (2013). She curated the photo exhibition "Secession in Disguise" (2015), interactive screen "Modernism in Lviv" for the exhibition "Miasto, architektura, modernizm. Lwów 23 czerwca 1937" (Wroclaw, 2016). She presented her own documentary and art photography at the exhibitions "Facing Lviv" (Drohobych), and "Project 1/5" (Lviv, 2019).

Contact
For more information, please, contact Victoria Panas v.panas@lvivcenter.org 
 
Organizers
Plein air sessions are run jointly with the Center for Urban History, the gallery "Two Planes," and Rzesow Academy of Photography.

The project is implemented under the auspices of Podkarpackie Voivodship Marshall, a Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, and co-funded from the budget of cultural art patronage of Podkarpackie Voivodship; and is part of a broader project of Rzesow Academy of Photography "(Land)scape of East Cities."