Adam Pańczuk: Karczeby
Warsaw, Yours Gallery


Karczeby, a word that is a mixture of Polish and Belarussian, denotes a tree trunk with roots still in the ground that is very hard to remove. It is also a local name for a group of people inhabiting the Podlasie region of Poland who live according to the rhythm of nature and in close relationship with the land.

Adam Pańczuk depicted these people in a series of black and white photographs using film in a classic square format. With a touch of magic realism, he offers an alternative to the stereotypical view of the Polish countryside, at the same time posing questions directly and metaphorically about identity, consciousness and the attitude towards life of the people he portrays.

The project received honorable mention at the Magnum Expression Award 2009 and Sony World Photography Award 2009 contests. His other awards include PHotoEspana (PHE) OjodePez Award for Human Values, Grand Press Photo, and BZWBK. Currently living in Warsaw, and at just 31 years of age, he is said to represent a new generation of documentary photographers, carrying forth the tradition with a fresh eye.

January 29th through March 7th, 2010
Krakowskie Przedmieście 33
00-071 Warszawa
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