The Eyes #7

Autumn 2016

Format 21 cm x 28 cm

160 pages

25 €

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the eyes #7

Inside Poland



As claimed by Krzysztof Candrowicz in this issue, the Polish art scene has long been acknowledged interna- tionally for its music, its theatre, it literature, its cinema and its plastic or graphic arts. And photography has strangely remained on the side, with the notable excep- tion of the historical figure incarnated by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. Even a giant such as conceptual photographer and video artist Józef Robakowski, inter- viewed in these pages and exhibited worldwide since the 1970s, does not receive such deserved recognition.


In the younger generation, emerging names include Rafał Milach and his magnificently conceived books, or Marta Zgierska, the 2016 recipient of the HSBC Prize for Photography.


The Eyes thus suspected that this vast country was like- ly to offer a contemporary scene that we knew little about. We were considering Eastern Europe for some time, and the rise to power of the ultra-conservative and euro-sceptical PiS party in the autumn of 2015 finally convinced us to reach out and breathe in some of Poland’s air.

We travelled to Poland last spring and visited galleries, museums and foundations. We met artists, critics and curators, and discovered passionate people entirely dedicated to their projects, but many of whom were worried about the shift in public cultural policy.

We experienced a nation profoundly marked by the double experience of Nazism and Communism. Most – if not all – of our contacts mentioned it.

We have called upon the top experts on Poland and Polish art for this serious and in-depth exploration: Krzysztof Candrowicz, mentioned above, but also Karolina Lewandowska, curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou, curator Paweł Szypulski and writer Jean-Yves Potel. Theatre journalist Fabienne Arvers met with stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski in War- saw for us. And Klaudia Podsiadło shares her intimate knowledge of her country.

Also, on the occasion of the exhibition “Provoke: Between Protest and Performance, Photography in Japan 1960–1975” at LE BAL, we have attempted to decipher the historical importance and heritage left by the Japanese magazine published from 1968 to 1969. Even the title of the exhibition echoes what we have felt in Poland.


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Negative Book

Aneta Grzeszykowska



Elina Brotherus
Hannah Watson

Anahita-Ghabaian Ettehadieh

Louise Clements




Image above all

with Jozef Robakowski



Focus on Pilish Photography in the world

by Krzysztof Candrowicz



Uncertainties of “good change”

by Jean-Yves Potel


Greetings from Auschwitz

Pawel Szypulski


Krzysztof Warlikowski



Photography and private action





Paris Photo celebrates its 20th anniversary

by Gisèle Tavernier


Five years of BMW Residences

by Gisèle Tavernier


Renewal for the Prix Niépce

by Valentin Marceau


Conversation with Ryuichi Kaneko

by Rémi Coignet



Diane Arbus :
In the Beginning




Provoke : Between Protest and Performance



Provoke au BAL

by Diane Dufour


A new look at photography and language

around Provoke magazine




Klaudia Podsialo

Former director of the Polish Institute in Paris. Director of the Common Room Foundation.


Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska

Curator for photography at the National Museum of Modern Art, former curator at the Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw. Former President of the Foundation of Archaeology of Photography.


Amaury Chardeau

Animator and producer at France Culture


Krzysztof Warlikowski

Krzysztof Warlikowski was born in 1962. He studied philosophy, theatre history and directing. His work has been presented on all the great stages of Europe.


Jean-Yves Potel

A writer and historian specialising in Central Europe, Jean-Yves Motel has published numerous works on Poland. He is a former cultural counsellor at the French Embassy in Poland and collaborates regularly with the Shoah Memorial.

Krzysztof Candrowicz

Krzysztof Candrowicz is a curator, researcher and artistic director.


Marc Feustel

Marc Feustel is an author, publisher and independent curator. 


Jeffrey Latdd

Photographer and writer based in Cologne.


Russet Lederman

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York, she co-founded 10 x 10 Photobooks.


Gisèle Tavernier

A journalist specializing in photographic criticism and the art market, she likes to travel the world in search of new talent.


Laurence Vecten

is a photo director for the press. She created in 2007
the Lozenup publishing house.




selected articles

Interview, The Eyes #7


Conversation with Józef Robakowski

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photography and private action

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Conversation with Ryuichi Kaneko

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Greetings from Auschwitz

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