Inclusive Photo Lab

Opening: 12th March (Tuesday), at 6:00 p.m.; Galeria Labirynt, ul. ks. J. Popiełuszki 5.  After the opening, we invite you to an open discussion on artistic projects involving people with disabilities. The opening as well as the discussion will be translated into Polish Sign Language and into English.
Exhibition on display until 26th March; Tue-Sun, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Participants of the exhibition: Alla Żyłkina, Liza Tyszczenko, Oksana Szczerbyna, Merien Morey, Natalia Harkała, Marta Mysak, Katia Daszevec, and pani Natalia.

The exhibition summarises ‘Inclusive Photographic Laboratory’ project implemented in 2018 in Kiev in cooperation with the visually impaired and photographers.

The program consisted of five workshops, during which blind and sighted photographers cooperated in taking photos. These activities enabled people with visual disabilities to work with the medium of photography understood not only as a reality recording tool, but also as a mean of artistic expression. As a result, four photographic cycles – the original projects of the workshop participants – have been created. The works presented at the exhibition allow the authors to share the way they perceive the world with wide audience, thereby, focusing their attention on moments that are not noticeable for sighted people. The exhibition shows photographic projects concerning urban space, workplaces, and perception of the environment in the process of blindness and during sports activities.

The project was inspired by the ‘Miasto, którego nie widać’ (City that cannot be seen) exhibition (curators: Magdalena Szubielska, Rafał Lis; Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, 2018), where, apart from other works, photographs taken by the visually impaired were presented. The curators of the current exhibition decided to expand the area indicated during ‘Miasto, którego nie widać’ by finding methods for changing photos into tactile materials. Their important aim was also to popularise the tactile drawing as a medium that would allow the interaction between blind photographers and visual culture.

The curators of the project were inspired by Oskar Hansen’s idea of the open form. The workshop program was an experiment based on a flexible process, that, by definition, was open to the idea of equality of all participants. The project was evolving under the influence of participants’ opinions and comments.

Curators: Maryna Khrypun and Valeria Karpan.


Cooperation: Mystetskyi Arsenal Art Museum in Kiev, Galeria Labirynt, Agata Sztorc, prof. Bogusław Marek from Centre for Inclusion of Students with Special Needs of the Catholic University of Lublin, Marcin Matys from Department for Adaptation of Didactic Materials for the Blind of the Catholic University of Lublin, Magdalena Szubielska PhD.

The project implemented with the support of Ukrainian Culture Fund.