Conrad Festival 2012

21:00

Exhibition launch – Andrzej Pilichowski Ragno photography: Magnificent 40-Year-Olds

Exhibition launch – Andrzej Pilichowski Ragno photography: Magnificent 40-Year-Olds

Magnificent 40-Year-Olds is a concept aimed at the presentation of Krakow’s artistic circles – artists, journalists, poets, writers, and managers of culture. Next to the broadly understood participation in culture, they also have one more thing in common – they were born in the 1960s and today they are between forty and fifty years of age. They belong to the generation sometimes denoted as the lost generation. They entered adulthood on the doorstep of the systemic transformations. And although some of the present day thirty-year-olds want to think that this generation’s chances for professional development were unlimited since all the areas of social reality were free and waiting to be filled, nonetheless the education under the communist regime rendered these opportunities somewhat limited. They faced the crossroads of choice of their career paths, frequently non-compatible with their artistic identity.
In 46 black-and-white photographs, Andrzej Pilichowski Ragno captured images of the people who for twenty years have been creating the specific air of Krakow’s culture. Next to the commonly known celebrities, the project also shows less well-known characters who nonetheless are well connected within the artistic crowd and who also constitute a colourful element of this phenomenon that Krakow of culture of the turn of centuries no doubt is. The adopted convention of photographs, untampered with retouching, has this effect that the beauty of the photographed individuals, departing from the model of youthful attractiveness incessantly promoted by media, is truly seductive.
The frames of the project predict an exhibition of portraits and an album provided with a literary commentary and concise biographies of the presented characters edited along the principles not unlike those guiding Proust’s questionnaire.
The project is unique in its character. It presents a generational portrait of forty-year-olds playing a substantial and significant role in the city’s culture. It also constitutes an artistic record, being at the same time a sociological documentary – a sign of our times, creative interpretation, multi-aspect study of an individual.

22 October, at 21:00 Galeria Olympia, Józefa 18 Street

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