Photo exhibition "If You Forget Me" by Riga Photography Biennial 2020

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Thu, 20/08/2020 to Sat, 19/09/2020

Venue: Exhibition Hall II, Level 1

Photographs from the Archive of Archaeology of Photography Foundation (Poland).

Photography does not necessarily need adjectives: art, documentary, vernacular, amateur. A single photo has the power to engage emotions and attract attention with its beauty, composition, and also its history. This time it's not about iconic pictures known by everyone and widely appreciated.

Private photographs are yet another category - their status is close to relics, but remains incomprehensible for viewers from the outside. Pictures gathered in the exhibition If You Forget Me do not belong to these categories, do not fit into these drawers. Almost all of them are taken by distinguished Polish artists, but, as photographs, are not yet so well known; some are even partly forgotten. Picked out from the huge collection of the Archaeology of Photography Foundation archive in Warsaw, they have an unsettled status, a floating identity. Just vaguely linked with the images of artists themselves, these pictures do not illustrate any history, – they themselves become history. Within that, there's a lot of poetry and expectations that the image will meet the gaze of a tender receiver, will become a subject of interpretation and let the associative process begin. Might that be the most beautiful within photography – and the less known. Afterwards, we'll still forget everything, our experience of this exhibition will diminish in the fog of other, more engaging and more brutal situations. That's normal - and there’s no reason for despair. Zbigniew Dłubak, one of the artists of this exhibition, took poems by Pablo Neruda as his inspiration – slightly changing them, interpreting in his own way, the artist used the lines of this poet as titles of his own art-works. What a beautiful way to speak about photography, and also quite in place for this show in the National Library:

Participants: Photographs from the Archive of Archaeology of Photography Foundation (Poland) – Janusz Bąkowski, Zofia Chomętowska, Zbigniew Dłubak, Mariusz Hermanowicz, Marek Piasecki, Tadeusz Sumiński, Wojciech Zamecznik, Antoni Zdebiak
Curator: Adam Mazur (PL)
Organizer: Riga Photography Biennial in cooperation with National Library of Latvia, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), Archaeology of Photography Foundation (Poland)

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Free admission.