From 13th April to 12th May Kyotographie, one of the most important photography festivals in Japan, will host Weronika Gęsicka's solo exhibition entitled What a Wonderful World. The artist will present her works from the Traces series and a new work Vibe created specifically for the festival. The show will be part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.
Kyotographie is a leading photography festival in the world. The event takes place every spring, and its surprising and diverse exhibition spaces allow viewers to experience both modern and traditional Kyoto. In 2019 the theme of the festival is VIBE. The event’s curators try to capture the ephemeral atmosphere and intuitively sensed emotions that are deeply connected to our mood. Vibes that we sense when we meet a person, recall events from the past, visit places or hear long-unheard melodies. As the curators say:
These invisible waves, both positive and negative alter our experience, they either separate us or connect us.
Weronika Gęsicka works with archival photographs found on the Internet, police archives and press photo banks, which she processes digitally. The images created by the artist blend surrealistic elements into everyday life scenes, drawing the viewer into their mysterious yet familiar world. Her projects often relate to memory and its mechanisms. Born in Włocławek, Poland, the artist is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Academy of Photography in the same city, as well as a grant holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The presentation of Weronika Gęsicka's works at the Kyotographie will be the first solo exhibition of a Polish artist at this event. Weronika Gęsicka was selected as the result of a study visit of the directors of the festival Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi in Poland, organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in June 2018.
Weronika Gęsicka is the second Polish artist, after Anna Orłowska, appreciated at a prestigious photography festival in Japan. In 2017, Anna Orłowska's photo project Case Study: Invisibility was awarded at the 33rd Higashikawa Awards Festival in the category for overseas photographers.
Source: press materials, edited by EP, translated by AW, March 2019