Curators: Witek Orski, Krzysztof Pijarski


A talk with Nathan Jurgenson starts a longtime project called “Why Pictures?”. Its originators and curators, Witek Orski and Krzysztof Pijarski, alongside with contemporary theoreticians and practicians will be analyzing the “global republic of pictues” and looking for the democratic and social potential of photography.
What is the contemporary status of images and how its workflow look like? What are its function and characteristics? Inspired by these questions, the writers and artists invited will be creating a dialogue which will work as an intellectual and artistic exchange. The first chapter belongs to Nathan Jurgenson – a theorist of social media and the author of an acclaimed book “The Social Photo: On photography and social media”. In the upcoming weeks the invited artists and publicists such as Marta Ziółek, Karol Radziszewski and Mirosław Filiciak will leave their reply that will stem form the talk with Jurgenson.
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The series is co-organised by the Krakow Photomonth Festival; View. Foundation for Visual Culture; Jasna 10. The Warsaw Cultural Centre of Political Critique as a part of ‘Centrum Jasna,’ financed by the Municipality of Warsaw; and the Visual Narratives Laboratory at the Film School in Łódź.

The Format of the Series


Why Pictures? is a series of dialogues and encounters that will make use of video, audio, text, and pictures. The dialogues are to take place on platform, where the curators of the series will publish subsequent voices in an ongoing exchange, and with the audience able to participate in the discussion. Each dialogue will be initiated by an invited guest with a short audiovisual statement in the form of a recorded lecture, desktop documentary, or the like. After each opening statement, responses will be posted over the ensuing weeks; for example, in the form of a short text, a recording of the series’ next guest, a work or series of works by the invited artist, or a response from the audience. Each dialogue will conclude with a wrap-up discussion, which will be transmitted live (on Zoom, for example) and then later made available in edited form. The guest whose opening statement catalysed a given dialogue will be invited to write a final text, which will summarise and develop the most important issues and points discussed, and comment on the works that were cited over the course of a dialogue.


After the series finale, the Why Pictures? blog will transform into an autonomous digital publication, becoming part of the ‘New Narrations’ series of the Visual Narratives Laboratory at the Film School in Łódź.

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