Anna Orłowska Awarded at Higashikawa International Photography Festival
Polish photographer Anna Orłowska was awarded at the prestigious 33rd Higashikawa International Photography Festival in the category for overseas photographers.
The artist was one of twenty-one photographers from all over the world nominated for the Overseas Photographer Award. Her award-winning project Case Study: Invisibility deals with the topic of invisibility as one of mimetic strategies, allowing for concealment and avoidance of criticism. The festival's judging committee, in the commentary on the selection of 33rd Higashikawa Awards, praised not only Orłowska's works, but also the achievements of contemporary Polish photography in general:
Having experienced a major political upheaval and possessing long cinematic tradition, the works from Poland are extremely varied, exhibiting great depth and scope (...). Orłowska is a representative of the young photographers there, her photographs stir the viewers' imaginations, winning her international acclaim. Recently she has developed the theme of things that cannot be seen in which she questions the visibility of photographs.
Expressing gratitude for awarding her the prize, Anna Orłowska said:
I consider art a way of rethinking and reinterpreting the world in order to see things, which are not widespread and common but often hidden and difficult. It means focusing on details, small stories or phenomena that I find meaningful but in the same way omitted by the mainstream conversation. Photography is a great means to depict things in a simple way and then transform them into complex question marks. This medium from which I have gained my artistic perspective is the one that strongly affects and determines contemporary world, even though we are already image blind.
The Higashikawa International Photography Festival has been held since 1985, when the town of Higashikawa located on Hokkaido Island in Japan declared itself to be a 'Town of Photography' with the aim of creating a platform for photographers from around the world to meet and present their work.
Sources: Press materials, Culture.pl, edited by AW, 28 Apr 2017