State of Exception. TIFF Festival 2021

State of Exception
the main program exhibition of TIFF Festival

opening: 3.09.2021, Friday, 3 p.m.

guided tours of the exhibition in German: 25.09.2021, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
guided tours of the exhibition in English: 25.09.2021, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Studio Gallery BWA Wrocław
Ruska 46a / 3rd floor

We invite you to the Studio BWA Wrocław gallery for the exhibition of the Main Program of the TIFF Festival International Photography Festival.

Weronika Gęsicka, Untitled #5 from the „Collection” series, 2017–2018. Courtesy the artist and Jednostka Gallery

State of Exception is our attempt to show what we observe and feel as the main causes of contemporary tensions. It grows out of our conversations about what is so close that it becomes transparent, imperceptible, but in the end can always become oppressive.

So-called “normality” is impossible, yet constantly assumed. Many aspects of our culture are nurtured by images constituting guidelines for an ideal life. Suffice it to mention the vision of beauty and perfection in life depicted by advertising and stock photography. The confrontation with images consists in observing and deconstructing the devices on how the strategies of everyday life are implemented, on interpreting what and why is considered acceptable, healthy and lawful.

This mind game takes place in many areas: how to be a model woman, a wonderful father, a creative employee, an ideal citizen, and how to perfectly perform every social role we enter. We do not prejudge whether the exhibition presents a totalitarian or utopian world. We attempt to reconstruct the different types of tensions that surround us and check when we can make ourselves comfortable in them, and which ones turn out to be (or already are) our prison.

Curators: Agnieszka Olszewska, Łukasz Rusznica

Artists: Maisie Cousins, Agata Grzybowska & Aleksandra Szymczyk, Weronika Gęsicka, Rafał Milach, Agata Kalinowska, Caroline Tompkins, Lara Verheijden, Zolita

Presented publications: Laia Abril On Abortion, Robert Adams Summer Nights, Christopher Anderson Cop, Tina Barney The Europeans, Sunil Gupta Lovers. Ten Years On, Blake Little Manifest

Opening hours during Festival (3-5.09.2021): 

  • 3.09.2021, Friday | 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • 4.09.2021, Saturday | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • 5.09.2021, Sunday | 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

About TIFF Festival: 

TIFF Festival was held for the first time in 2011. It was created in Wrocław and has been dedicated to photography from the very beginning. Established to animate and shoot the photographic life in the city and the region, it gains strength from year to year. TIFF not only affects its hometown, but also affects the whole of Poland, while trying to increase the scope of the event to an international level.