The Culture of Image Foundation was launched to promote the values of photography and other visual arts (film included) as the language facilitating free communication across borders and generations. We support photographers in their creative activities and work in the area of visual education. Fascinated by archives. We organize exhibitions and workshops, and publish books.
Our logo features a bowler – a hat made popular mid-19th century, just like photography. Unlike the elegant top hat, it was close to those everyday moments. Same for men and women.
The Foundation was launched in 2010 by three Silesian photographers: Anka Sielska, Michał Łuczak and Krzysztof Szewczyk.
Team of the Culture of Image Foundation:
Anka Sielska – photographer, graduate of Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic) and Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (Poland), where she works as assistant professor in photography. In 2009, degree of Doctor of Fine Arts in film arts, in the field of photography from Film School in Lodz (Poland). She deals with issues related to working with a photographic social archive. For several years, she has been conducting workshops on photographic narration and photographic image analysis. Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Marshal of Silesian Voivodeship scholarships holder. President of Culture of Image Foundation. More: www.ankasielska.com
Ewelina Lasota – coordinator of cultural projects, editor. Graduate of sociology and journalism at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, in the years 2009–2014 engaged with the activities of Ethnographic Museum in Kraków (EMK), including the research project on building memory by means of family photography. In 2017, MEK published her book for children Ślady, tropy, znaki [Tracks, trails, marks] (in collaboration with Dorota Majkowska-Szajer), based on the photographs in the Museum’s collection. She works in the Department of Artistic Photography of Museum in Gliwice. Vice-president of Culture of Image Foundation.
Helena Zakliczyńska – therapist, doctor, doctor of medical sciences. Assistant of psychodrama for Psychodrama-Institute for Europe with experience in art therapy of chronically hospitalized patients. Studies at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Coordinates cultural projects. Leads phototherapy workshops. Vice-president of Culture of Image Foundation.
Barbara Kubska – photographer, graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (Book Art Studio and Photography Studio). Now assistant in Photography Studio of her alma mater. Member of Culture of Image Foundation. Cooperates with cultural institutions on creating publications accompanying exhibitions (BWA Art Gallery in Katowice, Museum of Art in Łódź, Museum in Tychy and others). In her projects uses mainly photography, installation and objects. More: www.cargocollective.com/barbarakubska.
The Foundation collaborates with Jan Piechota – designer, graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, in 2016 obtained a PhD from his alma mater. Lecturer of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. Since 2012, cooperates with Publishing Department of BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice. Designs publications, visual information and visual identity systems. Engaged in works of various interdisciplinary groups, conducting research in the area of design.