Book launch (PL)

Subterranean River, Łukasz Rusznica

25.05 (Friday), 16.00
Festival Centre (Tytano)


Book presentation (PL)

Subterranean River, Łukasz Rusznica

Host: Martyna Nowicka
27.05 (Sunday), 15.00

Festival Centre (Tytano)


When travelling to Japan, I knew one thing only — I wanted to take pictures based on Japanese mythology; I wanted to photograph the Yokai — the monsters of legend. Photography came as the result of working in new surroundings; it was the end process of meeting people and building relationships — this is surely why so many of the pictures (and the intimate ones in particular) are of my friends or the people who trusted me — of humane people. The non-human world is more than a background or visual filler; it is of equal importance. I understood that what interested me most here was nature. Man is a part of it; of equal importance to a stone, a bush, or a cat. I should add that the word “nature” is none too precise; it is too easily reduced to patches of wilderness “unspoilt” by human hand. I call “nature” whatever is subject to biological, chemical, and physical processes — whatever exists, grows old, and decays. This series enquires about the whole — how unfulfilled we feel and how we seek a way out.
This was the origin of Subterranean River.

Łukasz Rusznica (b. 1980) is a photographer, curator, and educator based in Wrocław, Poland. Since graduating in cultural studies from the University of Wrocław, he has exhibited his works in galleries and museums in Poland and abroad. He is the author of the photobooks Smog, Near, Infra, Toskana, European Eyes on Japan Vol. 18, and The Most Important ThingsI Do Not Tell You At All, designed by Thomas Schostock. His works have been published in SZUM, BIURO, LaVie, Machina, POST, and Bad to the Bone. He is a winner of the Show OFF Section of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2012 and the WARTO 2015 Award. In 2016 he was selected to take part in European Eyes on Japan—a unique project inviting photographers from European Capitals of Culture to capture everyday life in Japan. He is the winner of Griffin Art Space Prize—Lubicz 2017 for the best portfolio at Krakow Photomonth 2017. Rusznica currently runs a photography gallery, Miejsce przy Miejscu, dedicated to promoting emerging photographers from Poland and abroad.

Subterranean River
Photographs: Łukasz Rusznica
Text: Olga Drenda
Graphic Design: Grupa Projektor (Joanna Jopkiewicz)
DTP: Krzysztof Krzysztofiak

Format: 235 × 310 mm
Number of pages: 120
Language: English
Publishers: Foundation for Visual Arts, Palm Studios, Łukasz Rusznica 2018
Partner: Art & Innovation Space Foundation