fot. Hubert Humka


8. Edition of the Festival of Photography

The term phenomenon in the most general and colloquial terms means something unique, peculiar, admirable, or even magical. It may also describe something that is subject to cognition and perception, an observable object or event, an object of possible experience which also helps to understand the reality around us. Artists who use the medium of photography often use this element and mode of observation, assuming the possibility of not so much seeing the image in itself, but of experiencing the world, events and things through this image. Photography itself appears as a phenomenon, one of the most potent multi-sensory methods of questioning our empirical capacity to investigate and navigate the surrounding environment.

This year’s edition of the Sopot Festival of Photography (Festiwal w Ramach Sopotu), as in previous years, will feature the projects of three artists who have participated in the photography residency program, already a hallmark of the event, implementing their projects in Sopot. They are bound by virtually no substantive or formal restrictions and have complete freedom in the choice of subject and method of its execution. However, their working methods and approach to interpreting the topics of their choosing share many features associated with the theme of phenomenon. They express the need for a new view of the world, for a new perspective that would be different from the one they adopted before. They seek a new vision of the world so that they can interpret it more accurately. This year we invited to the residency program three artists. They are: Igor Pisuk, who, thanks to the scenery and atmosphere of the place, returned with memories to his childhood years. Tomasz Kawecki, who was fascinated by the subject of Kashubian demonology, exploring how it intermingles with culture and traditions. Søren Lilholt, an artist from Denmark, who, using the philosophy of phenomenology, explored the subjective impact of the medium of photography on his observations and adaptability in a new, unfamiliar space. This year’s Festival will also feature an exceptional number of phenomenal premiere exhibitions, previously not shown to a wider audience. The following artists will hold their solo exhibitions: Kacper Kowalski with his project “Event Horizon,” Hubert Humka with an exhibition titled “Divine” and Patryk Bulhak, who will visit Sopot with a series of photographs entitled “Abandoned Daughters of the Tiger.”

Another solo exhibition, curated by Adam Mazur, will be held by Agnieszka Sejud and one more by an artist under the pseudonym Eva Yarrow. As part of the promotion of young talents, we will present a post-workshop show of students of the Film School in Łódź / PWSFTviT, as well as a collective exhibition of the most interesting photographs by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The eighth edition of Festiwal w Ramach Sopotu includes international guests; this time we invited artists from Denmark as part of the Baltic cooperation: the aforementioned Søren Lilholt, participant in the residency program and the outstanding photographer Trine Søndergaard, who will hold a review exhibition. Another element of the Festival is a collective show Soil Studies, curated by Beate Cegielska at Galeri Image Aarhus.

Maja Kaszkur


this year's


Igor Pisuk
Igor Pisuk
Igor Pisuk (b. 1984 ) in 2014 he got an MA from the PWSFTviT Film School in Łódź. Between 2016 and 2017 an assistant to Anders Petersersen. A recipient of multiple awards and grants, e.g. AIR Independent – a scholarship and residency and attendance of masterclasses led by Antoine D'Agata, Jacob Aue Sobol, Trine Søndergaard, Gomma Photography Grant. A finalist of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. He has participated in over 30 group and solo shows around the globe, e.g. the Chobi Mela IX International Festival of Photography in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Les Recontres de la Photographie in Arles, France, and Cortona On The Move in Italy. An author of two photo books: Deceitful Reverence published by Blow Up Press and Dog Walker published by 3 PR zine.
Tomasz Kawecki
Tomasz Kawecki
Tomasz Kawecki (b. in 1993) is a visual artist. He studies at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. A former student at the Faculty of Architecture at the Krakow University of Technology. Co-founder of NAGA Gallery. In 2021 he won e.g. the Month of Photography in Krakow section of ShowOFF (PL), LensCulture Art Photography Awards (US) and Grand Prix IMA next (JPN). In 2021, his work was displayed at home and abroad at the 6th Art Biennale in Piotrków Trybunalski (PL), Krakow Art Week (PL), Warsaw Gallery Weekend (PL), OFF Bratislava (SK), Festival of Photography in Rybnik (PL), and Photo Vogue Festival (IT). His photographs have been published in, among others: China Life Magazine, Kwartalnik Przekrój, Miesięcznik Kraków, Vogue IT, Vogue PL, Abridged Magazine, and The Guardian. He is interested in the anthropology of things in terms of the people-objects relation. He draws inspiration for his works from various manifestations of nature's peculiarities.
Søren Lilholt
Søren Lilholt
SØREN LILHOLT (b.1986) is a Danish artist living and working in Copenhagen. He has studied at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography and holds a MA in Visual Culture from The University of Copenhagen. Attracted to the seemingly incomprehensible and the subtle ability of photography to alter the perception of things, his artistic practice is deeply rooted in a phenomenological approach to photography and visuality – a process that aims at delving deep into a perceptual openness towards the world. He has been selected as an artist for the 3rd and 4th Cycle of The Parallel Photo Platform and his work has been exhibited at numerous locations both domestic and abroad including The Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Landskrona Foto (SE), Fotofestiwal (PL) and at Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen (DK).

Selected exhibitions that you can see during the festival

Selected events

As every year, we try to plan inspiring and attractive meetings.


DIRECTION: PHOTOGRAPHY Meeting with schools: PWSTiF, Academy of Fine Arts, Sopot School of Photography, moderated by Paweł Klein


Workshop with Søren Lilholt


Festival opening evening


Opening of Agnieszka Sejud's exhibition





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