Welcome to Creative Arts Centre in Wrocław – a friendly place for art meetings. What do we do? Twice a year you can enroll to the variety of courses we offer. We organize concerts, exhibitions, meetings, occasional workshops, plein-air sessions and more. We publish art books and release our own records. If you are interested in our activity feel free to get in touch wit us!
Out now! HOW TO LOOK NATURAL IN PHOTOS – Beata Bartecka & Łukasz Rusznica
“How to Look Natural in Photos” is a book about a totalitarian system which uses photography for its purposes. It includes reflections on the mechanism and relationships connected with looking and photographing, observing and being observed, describing and being described. Violence begins in the nervous system, from an impulse that runs through the body and makes someone press the shutter. It ends in an archive, the place where information and images are stored. This basis reveals who interprets the collected data, and consequently – who controls the facts. The book also tells a story of spies, agents, guards, AI algorithm programmers, surveillance subjects, suspects, archivists, convicts and accidentally photographed passers-by. They interact on various levels, all comprising one huge machine, inordinate and dispersed.
All the photos in the book come from the archive of the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN), which investigates the history of Poland between the early 20th century and the fall of the totalitarian system. The book contains descriptions of photographs based on archival notes, and an essay written by Tomasz Stempowski, historian and archivist.
Curated and Edited by Beata Bartecka & Łukasz Rusznica
Design by Joanna Jopkiewicz (Grupa Projektor)
Essay by Tomasz Stempowski
Colour proofing and Prepress by Krzysztof Krzysztofiak
Published by Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych & Palm* Studios
Wroclaw – London 2021.
First Edition, 500 Copies
Printed in EU
Creative Arts Centre
Creative Arts Centre [Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych (OPT) in Polish] is a municipal cultural institution. Our main purpose is to educate through art and cultural activities. We offer workshops that allow creative dialogue and thought exchange. We fully support the growth of your artistic awareness, we develop your creative mindset, we inspire you to think independently.
We release publications of our course leaders, participants and people connected with the Creative Arts Centre. We believe, that each creative process deserves the sense of closure by confining all abstract content into a physical form thus becoming the official culmination of the entire process from the birth of the concept to its realization.
Creative Arts Centre offers also commercial activities. We rent adequately equipped and multifunctional meeting room for conferences, lectures or business meetings.