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The Foto-Medium-Art Gallery has worked continuously since 1977. For twenty years it was based in Wroclaw and since 2007 in Krakow. During that time, an emphasis was placed on various issues which were reflected by the programme and the way it acted. After the analytical and new media period (in the seventies) there was a time of ‘elementary photography’ (the eighties). However, photography was not the only medium that was exhibited there. Often the expositions, installations and projections were presented according to a programme, such as a series entitled “presence among the stones”. An important initiative was Photoconferences East-West “European exchange” that has taken place since 1989. The largest one happened in 1991. It consisted of an international exhibition “New spaces of photography” and a conference “The ethos of photography”. A dozen or so years ago “Foto-Medium-Art” lost its space and it became a mobile gallery, organising exhibitions and meetings in various friendly places. Finally F-M-A settled in Krakow and at this time important questions arouse: how to find a place for the programme developed over the years in the changing cultural climate especially in times when the most widely used media has changed (digital media replaced analogue)? Is any form of continuation possible, when the former economy of means of the art form of photography has been replaced by developed multimedia and multi-layered image structures? It seems that after the media and elementary periods, F.M.A. has entered an era that is in the process of shaping. In an era, that started after ‘neos’ and ‘posts’, when linear narrations are replaced with mosaic structures of databases, structures consisting of elements that are independent of one another, it is time to reformulate the programme.
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