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Photomonth Exhibition – ‘Mak. In the footsteps of Afghan heroin’

23rd April 2016 @ 16:00 - 19:00

Exhibition open until 3rd May
The Griffin Art Space Foundation and the Foundation for Visual Arts warmly invite you to the former Dom Słowa Polskiego in Warsaw for the “Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin” exhibition by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong. The opening will take place on April 23. This presentation is a teaser for the 14th edition of Krakow Photomonth, which gets underway on May 12.

From the bright flower fields of Afghanistan to the concrete jungle of London, “Poppy” traces the international path of heroin production and distribution. Depicting the dark and complex side of globalization, “Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin” exposes the contexts and consequences of heroin’s journey from East to West, along with the addictions, conflicts, disease, crime, and poverty it leaves in its wake. Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong created “Poppy” over a space of twenty years, their road leading through Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Balkans, Somalia, and all the way to London. They witnessed the rise of the Taliban and the American intervention in the Middle East after September 11. Their monumental tale visualizes the ties between such remote and exotic places as Kandahar and Bishkek, and crime on the streets of European metropolises.

The Warsaw edition of Photomonth is part of the group exhibition “A New Display: Visual Storytelling at a Crossroads”, specially prepared for the festival by Dutch curator Iris Sikking. This exhibition will be presented in Krakow from mid-May to mid-June as part of the main festival program. It is made up of projects made by artists seeking their own ways of telling global stories in the era of media crisis and the overproduction of visual information. Apart from the traditional medium of photography, they use video materials, projections, radio recordings, and press clippings.

The “Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin” exhibition is an enhanced, four-channel multimedia projection that will be available for viewing in the imposing interiors of the Dom Słowa Polskiego at 11 Miedziana Street in Warsaw from April 24 to May 3, 2016. The opening will take place on April 23 at 4 p.m. Entrance free.

After the opening, at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio bar, a meeting is planned with the project creators and the curator of the main program of Krakow Photomonth 2016, Lars Willumeit.

Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin
Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong
Curator: Iris Sikking
Dom Słowa Polskiego
ul. Miedziana 11, Warsaw
April 24–May 3, 2016, Monday-Sunday 1–7 p.m.
Opening: April 23, 2016, 4 p.m.
Entrance free

The organizers of the exhibition are the Griffin Art Space Foundation and the Foundation for Visual Arts.

Griffin Art Space is an institution created by the Griffin Group to support and promote art. The premise of Griffin Art Space is to animate artistic life and to promote cooperation between business and culture. The main work method is the patronage of the most interesting cultural events and the activities of outstanding cultural institutions, as well as the organization of events and cultural projects. Griffin Art Space supports: The WRO International Biennial of Media Art, Czułość Gallery, Krakow Photomonth, and the magazine Contemporary Lynx, which promotes Polish art in the world. At the same time, Griffin Art Space organizes exhibitions and cultural events under its banner and builds its own art collection.

The Foundation for Visual Arts is a non-governmental organization created in 2001 in Krakow. It aims to promote and to popularize the visual arts in Poland. The foundation’s main field is photography, and its mission is to redefine it in the context of contemporary art, history, and sociology. Apart from the annual Krakow Photomonth Festival, the foundation runs long-term projects, like the research of the Zofia Rydet archive, promotion of the work of Jan Dziaczkowski, and the Rajza po Kato interdisciplinary project.


23rd April 2016
16:00 - 19:00
Event Category:


Griffin Art Space

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