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Young Polish women photograph their world: Majak, Zastrozna, Fortuna, Kus

Saturday, July 3, 2004 - Saturday, August 28, 2004

Womankraft Gallery
388 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ Tel: 520.629.9976
Hours: Tues-Sat, 1-5 PM;
Public receptions on Jul. 3 & Aug. 7, 7-10 PM

Four accomplished artists, all about 30, who were born under Communism and came of age during the breakup of the Soviet Union and the creation of a democratic Poland, must now embrace globalization as Poland takes full status in the European Union. The way in which they see their world - each working in her own style - is intriguing.

The show was arranged by Katarzyna Majak, a photographer from Warsaw, and features her work and that of three other women. Majak graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan. Her work in large-format black and white is contemporary in subject and traditional in feeling, reflecting her knowledge of the history of photography and her studies in philology. Ms. Majak will deliver an illustrated lecture on July 27. Joanna Zastrózna of Sopot studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. Her computer-manipulated photographs celebrate color in a painterly style. Katarzyna Fortuna of Warsaw was shaped by the Lódz Film School. Her well-composed and subtly colored photographs are delicate and personal, often self-portraits. Violetta Kus of Bydgoszcz graduated from Copernicus University in Torun. She exhibits photo-pictures, paintings, and installed works on the themes of social issues and interpersonal relationships. The four young women artists work in different styles and each has a solid reputation. None have shown their work in the USA. A catalog in English and Polish will further expand the impact of the show beyond its time and place.

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