KAUNAS PHOTO 2015 » Adrian Wykrota

Adrian Wykrota “The return”

© Adrian Wykrota

© Adrian Wykrota “The return”

Polish people have a complicated history, and especially the dramatic sequence of events in the last century, which has made millions of Poles to emigrate – often against their will. Over the last few years of regaining freedom and democracy, Poland has to deal with the phenomenon of voluntary migration in the European Union.

Only in 2013 over 70,000 residents left Poland. There are more than 2.2 million Poles who are living abroad. In a prior year there were 2.13 million. Currently, 1.41 million more Poles are living abroad than in 2004 (date of accession of Poland to the European Union) – according to the data from the Polish Central Statistical Office.

With the increase in the number of emigrants, the problem of marginalization, and homelessness. The number of Poles who lives abroad are increasing. This is a relatively new phenomenon often associated with an addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling, mental illness, escape from justice, lack of knowledge of the culture of a foreign country or just plain bad luck. In last year’s the problem is growing and becoming a global issue – for a great portion of the poorer European countries (Central – Eastern Europe).

The project documents the complex fate of Poles who have found themselves in a difficult situation outside their homeland. Shows their attempt to return to a “normal life”, their homes or lost families.

An important part of the whole story is the “leaders” – people who overcame their hardships, an addiction, homelessness, and now through their experience help the Poles outside Polish borders.

The photographs were also taken in places where the marginalized build communities; governed by fixed rules such as a ban on alcohol, drugs, the joint work of the community and reintegration, they strive to come back to the “normal life” they dream of.

Hobos, winos, junkies, bums, derelicts, criminals or other “dysfunctional members of society” cause fear, embarrassment, unkindly distance and meaningful looks when our paths cross. Will the words-stigmas never cease to be their attributes? Can they ever return to the “normal” society?

An opening ceremony for the exhibition entitled “The return” by Adrian Wykrota will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 3 September at J. Vienožinskis Faculty of arts of Kaunas College  (A. Mackevičius str. 27.).

Opening Hours:

3 September – 16 October

I – VII 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adrian Wykrota “Extreme way of the Cross”

© Adrian Wykrota "Extreme Stations of the Cross"

© Adrian Wykrota “Extreme Stations of the Cross”

Extreme Way of the Cross was held for the first time in Poland in 2009. From this time it becomes more and more popular.
The first course in Wielkopolska region (2014) was 44 km: Church of Sts. Nicholas Mosina — Sowiniec — Bara­nowo — Żabno church — Manieczki — Krzyżanowo — Bło­ciszewo – Dalewo — Moś­ciszki — Bieżyń — Bene­dic­tine Abbey in Lubin. Nearly 300 peo­ple attended by in an Extreme Way of the Cross (the youngest participant was 14 years old and the oldest one was 84 years old).

Adrian Wykrota is a photographer who finished English Philology and Cultural Studies.  He is a photojournalist of “Reporter Poland” photo agency and a blogger of ”What about photography?”, “Co z tą fotografią?”. Adrian Wykrota is a founder of the commercial photography agency “Retrofokus” and PIX.HOUSE Gallery. Also, member of the ZPAF, The Association of Polish Art Photographers, and the proMachine collective. Scholarship holder of Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region. Has participated in Magnum Photos workshops in Belfast and Birmingham. In 2014 selected one of the 30 best photographers of the young generation by Magnum Photos. Winner of photo contests: Top 30 Under 30 Magnum Photos, IPA, Grand Press Photo, Lumix Festival, Leica Street Photo.

An opening ceremony for the exhibition entitled “Extreme way of the Cross” by Adrian Wykrota will be held at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, 6 September at Christ’s Resurrection Church gallery ( Žemaičių str. 31 a.).

Exhibition will be opened on 30 of August and will be on display till 13 of September.

Opening Hours:

30 August – 13 September

I – VII 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.