Thursday, 31 May 2012

FotoVisura Grant Exhibition

I'm thrilled to take part in FotoVisura Exhibition at United Photo Industries, New York

The FotoVisura Grant Exhibition
 Sponsored by the Viso Lizardi Family
May 30th to June 17th, 2012 • United Photo Industries • 111 Front Street, Suite 204 • DUMBO Brooklyn NY 11201

Photo by Erin Trieb, 2011 FotoVisura Grant Winner
Curated by Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney, the FotoVisura Grant Exhibition will be
presented at the new United Photo Industries Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Opening Reception
Thursday May 31 from 6pm - 9pm
First Thursday Gallery Walk
Thursday June 7 from 5pm - 9pm

A Group Show Featuring

Erin Trieb, Thomas Michael Alleman, Brad Vest, Anastasia Taylor Lind/VII, Ula Wiznerowicz
Dimitri Mellos, Laura El-Tantawy, Sebastian Liste, Annabel Clark, Marcia Michael, Ivor Prickett
Wendy Marijnissen, Melissa Cacciola, Kai Loeffelbein, Emily Schiffer, Matt Eich/Luceo
Justin Maxon, Elizabeth Herman, Pete Pin, and Amnon Gutman.
United Photo Industries is a Brooklyn-born, art-presenting cooperative dedicated to identifying, harnessing, and occasionally conjuring unexpected exhibition opportunities. All in the name of fostering conversation, championing new directions in photography, and cultivating ties within an ever-expanding, globe-trotting community of photographers.

Curatorial Statement

Curated by Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney—The FotoVisura Grant Exhibition features a selection of thirty images by twenty members of the FotoVisura international photography community, who were recognized for their personal projects by a panel of renown editors and curators in either the 2010 or 2011 FotoVisura Grant competition.
FotoVisura is about community as much as photography. Together, we stand for respect, tolerance, awareness and compassion, as well as, the understanding that one can exercise his or her freedom of expression within a space that believes that we can co-exist and grow in the difference.
This exhibition is a testimony to the broad spectrum and high quality of personal projects produced by the members of the FotoVisura community. Using their own resources, each photographer has taken it upon themself to bring to light a story that they feel strongly about. Some expose and even risk their own life during the process, yet all have become a voice to many who do not have one.
FotoVisura Inc. is committed to supporting these photographers during the process.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Clare Uchima

Here are some pictures from the session with Clare in Dumfries, Scotland.

                                © Ula Wiznerowicz

Monday, 21 May 2012

'Between Homes' at PDPL

My project 'Between Homes' has been published by Polish Documentary Photography LinksCurated by Ewa Meissner of Napo Foundation and Napo Images agency in Poland. One of Ewa Meissner's and Napo Foundation's goals is to promote Polish documentary photography internationally. PDPL on weekly bases publishes links to new stories by leading Polish documentary photographers and photojournalists as well as aspiring fresh talents.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Clare part 2

Off to Scotland for a weekend with Clare. Photo session part two :)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Behind the Curtain in PAcamera Gallery, Suwalki, Poland

Getting ready for my next exhibition in Poland in June 2012. Here are some very interesting reviews of my project Behind the Curtain after my exhibition at London's Polish Cultural Centre (POSK) on November 24, 2011:

Given its typically secondary role, it's rare for narrative to make such a radical difference to how we read a piece of art. Narrative is a form of secondary payoff which means we don't pause to look at a mere pretty landscape. Beauty carries a price and in the case of the narratives of Ula Wiznerowicz, it is a very high price. Is it significant that the pictures were taken in Poland? They could have been taken anywhere, and therein lies their communicative power. The destructive power of addiction knows no limits and is immune to the wealth of nations.
There is a curtain and a world behind the curtain. The title Behind the Curtain brutally transports the viewer from an aesthetic experience to an existential one. It suggests that the images carry a double meaning. We are confronted with the first circle of (Dante's?) hell. Beautiful landscapes introduce a visual dissonance. Cruel nature, indifferent to human fate and the losing battle fought by the subjects (often absent from the images) against their own weakness. Nature doesn't judge or assess value. Intruding into this record of the external world we find still life images taken indoors - spaces seen through the eyes of an artist. These compositions, while made up of modest everyday objects, can be beautiful too. These modest items are bare living essentials. No one has arranged them or shifted them around. Their owners won't throw them away. They are placed where they are needed.
The lens records the fading colours, a well-used gas stove, a cat looking for a comfortable spot amidst clouds of cigarette smoke, perhaps some leftover food. Occasionally people make their presence felt in the images, people who are powerless in the grips of addiction. There are also the landscapes which they do not see. And there are the women who never lose hope.
Grzegorz Malkiewicz

"If this is an exhibition about alcoholism then I'm the queen of Sheba." So began an exchange I overheard between two newly-acquainted photographers on the steps of London's Polish Cultural Centre (POSK). "Go and look for yourself, I challenge you to find anything in there on the subject."
The photos presented by Ula Wiznerowicz on 25 November at the POSK Gallery showed no bottles, vomit-strewn carpets or the iconic elderly alcoholic struggling to mount a bicycle in the mud of a country lane. There was also an absence of images of enlarged livers, faces full of swollen teeth or photocopies of invoices for nights spent in the state drunk-tank.
I don't think, however, that such images are really worth looking at. And anyway, such artistic motifs are already being used by the UK Department of Health as health warnings on cigarette packets. All the paper used to convince us of the terrible effects of drinking alcohol could no doubt be used to wrap up the whole planet. It doesn't look like those publications have ever successfully helped anyone to kick the habit.
Is it compulsory for an exhibition to shock? At least once a week I'm shocked by the excesses of my drunken neighbours outside my window. It's no secret that my chosen form of stress relief is to sip a dark ale wittily entitled 'Bishop's Finger'.
The images presented by Ula Wiznerowicz are, instead, a window onto a distant world, nearly forgotten by the majority of emigrants. It is a cruel world, an empty void in which the only cure for our painful grey of existence is alcohol, a wretched world devoid of content. The artist has made this world more palatable with a subtle palette of colours which sometimes make it hard to tell if we're looking at a photograph or a painting.
I must admit I was surprised by the maturity of these images which seems at odds with the young age of the artist. I don't how old Jacek Kaczmarski was when he wrote the song Encore One More Time, but I was reminded of its words when I considered the subject of the exhibition.  Somehow these two modes of expression seemed to chime together. They revealed an image of reality seen through the eyes of a man who lived life under the pressure of terrifying loneliness. In between alcoholic trances he saw himself standing on the precipice of his unfulfilled dreams. Perhaps it was only when I connected the words of the song with the images that I was able to see clearly. I don't know if Ula Wiznerowicz also had so clear a vision of what she wanted to express or whether she only intuited the existence of a certain state of consciousness, a state that seems very distant from the young, pretty and ambitious Londoner.
Michal Sedzikowski

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

'Behind the Curtain' in Przekroj Magazine

My photo reportage "Behind the Curtain" was published in Przekroj (Cross-Section) the oldest Polish weekly newsmagazine. The magazine focuses on current social, political and cultural events (both Polish and International).


© Ula Wiznerowicz
© Ula Wiznerowicz

Green tea, music by Leszek Mozdzer and wacom tablet:) I'm working on some promo pictures for a lovely pianist, Clare.