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Urzecze and the Wisła (River) Photography Exhibition

Embark on a boat and discover the soul of Poland at an exhibition which captures the timeless allure of the Vistula River - Strumiłło's frames invite you into a conversation with each photograph, connecting you with the rich history and vibrant present of this vital waterway.

4th – 17th May 2024 at POSK Gallery, Hammersmith, London

Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm FREE admission

Exhibition Opening (Vernissage) – 5pm, 4th May – FREE

A photography exhibition by Wiktor Strumiłło who shares his images of the wonders and many faces of Poland’s longest river, the Vistula, from two years spent living beside it.

When Columbus, in his roughly 20-metre-long small ships, was searching for America, 40-metre-long barges rode the current of the Vistula river in Poland with the agility of surfboards and at speeds often exceeding those of engine-powered wooden boats of today.

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The Vistula and its tributaries are the lifeblood of Poland.

The golden age would probably not have dawned on Poland if it had not been for the Vistula, the only thoroughfare of the time, by which timber, grain, and other goods were floated on the river. The boats went to Gdansk and then around the world.

Since prehistory, it was along river banks that the first inhabitants settled, the first settlements were established, and the most important cities were built and developed. The photographs in this exhibition are the result of two years of work by Wiktor Strumiłło and two years living in Urzecze.

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Wiktor Strumiłło

A photographer by passion, author of the photographic exhibition Urzecze and the Vistula presented at the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (4 September 2020 – 29 November 2020). Inland and sea sailor. Co-builder of a replica of a 16th-century boat, Oskar Kolberg. A river enthusiast, in particular, an aficionado of the Vistula and Pilica rivers.

In his daily life – for sixteen years – a cinematographer, light designer, and licensed drone operator at Warner Bros. Discovery. His credits include the drone shots for Ewa Ewart’s film “Do ostatniej kropli” [To the Last Drop] in 2023. This film won the “Golden Nymph” award – the Prince Rainier Award for the best documentary film at the 62nd Television Festival in Monte Carlo and 1st prize in the category “Oceans and their protection” at the Deauville Green Awards Festival in France.

He was also the cinematographer for “Zaginione Urzecze” [The lost Urzecze] (2020 ), “Pieśń Buntu” [Song of Rebellion] by the R.U.T.A. Band. (2012), “Odkrywanie kart historii warszawskiej Pragi” [Discovering the Cards of History of Warsaw’s Praga District] (2014).

Read more about Wiktor Strumillo here: www.wiktorstrumillo.art

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Strumiłło’s exhibition was originally presented at the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, Poland.

The exhibition displays 20 photographs 45×25 cm on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm paper.

Find out more about the exhibition HERE.

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