Unveiling the World Through a Single Photograph

Wojtek Wieteska's Artistic Journey

May 17th, 2023
Charlotte Renaudat, News from Berlin
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Mark your calendars for an extraordinary exhibition by acclaimed Polish photographer Wojtek Wieteska, titled "From One Photograph." Running from March 3rd to May 26th, 2023, at the prestigious Polish Institute Berlin located at Burgstr. 27,10178 Berlin, this captivating showcase promises to be a feast for the senses. The grand opening will take place on March 2nd, 2023, at 7 p.m., where art enthusiasts will gather to celebrate Wieteska's remarkable talent.

Step into the world of Wieteska's childhood as he invites you to explore his earliest memories through a series of mesmerizing black and white photographs. Transported back to the vibrant cityscape of Berlin in 1968/69, you will witness a five-year-old Polish boy immersed in play amidst the remnants of old Berlin, juxtaposed against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall and the allure of West Berlin. Delve into the nostalgia of the Café Warschau on Karl-Marx-Allee, where Wieteska's parents toiled and served ice cream that left a lasting impression on his German friends.

These cherished memories have become the cornerstone of Wieteska's artistic expression, expertly captured in his evocative photographs. In a profound exploration of his own artistic sensibility, Wieteska skillfully examines these few images, uncovering the multitude of elements they contain. His intention is to reconstruct and breathe life into these treasured memories, employing the mediums of photography, video, and sound to reflect the evolution of his artistic interests. Simultaneously, Wieteska poses a thought-provoking question about the influence of memories and their visual representation on one's identity, creativity, and artistic endeavors.

Renowned as one of Poland's most celebrated photographers, Wojtek Wieteska's journey in the art world began with his studies at The Film School in Lodz, culminating in a PhD in photography in 2015. Emerging from the esteemed French humanist school of photography, Wieteska has honed his craft over the years, developing a unique style and conceptual approach that sets him apart. While his projects often traverse global themes, he remains deeply connected to his European heritage, which he regards as his foundation, his gravitational force, and an eternal source of inspiration. Notably, his acclaimed series "I am from Poland" spans 28 years (1986-2013) and serves as a profound testament to his Polish identity. Wieteska's extensive body of work has been exhibited in prestigious group and solo exhibitions, including the notable "Travelling" at the Leica Gallery in Warsaw in 2017, "Lola van der W." at Bimer / Space in Warsaw in 2019, and the awe-inspiring "Paradise 101" at the Museum of Japanese Art and Technology "Manggha" in Cracow.

Currently dividing his time between Warsaw and the vibrant metropolis of New York City, Wieteska is engrossed in the creation of a compelling documentary film that delves into the intricacies of the city and its diverse inhabitants. A testament to his unwavering passion for capturing the essence of humanity in all its forms.

Prepare to be captivated by the visual storytelling prowess of Wojtek Wieteska as he unveils his artistic voyage through the exhibition "From One Photograph." Immerse yourself in the richness of his memories, as he masterfully showcases the profound impact of photography, video, and sound on the tapestry of one's life and artistic expression. Embark on this remarkable journey, embracing the power of visual narratives.


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