Technopolis GS offers to look at the birth of the creative town
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Technopolis GS offers to look at the birth of the creative town

The art space "Gate" (Sackheim Gate) in Kaliningrad will host a photo exhibition "The birth of the creative town", dedicated to the innovation cluster Technopolis GS. The exhibition held on December 19, 2014 will feature works of the winners of the international photo contest organized by the GS Group holding company with support of the Kaliningrad Union of Photo Artists.

Exhibition crowning the international contest "The birth of the creative town" will introduce the projects executed by finalists under the guidance of renowned photo artists. The organizers declared three winners: Yana Kolesnikova (Novosibirsk; mentored by Mariusz Widerinski, Associate Professor, Photography and Cinematography Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Warsaw Film School), Irina Baranova (Vitebsk, the Republic of Belarus; mentored by Vladimir Vyatkin, special photo correspondent of RIA Novosti, the six-time winner of the World Press Photo, lecturer in photojournalism at the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University) and Maria Kozhanova (Kaliningrad; mentored by Alexey Shinkarenko, Founder of the Minsk Center of Photography, teacher of The School of Photography, author of the program and methodology of teaching the course of Photojournalism in the Institute of Journalism, Belarusian State University).

Around 50 of the best works reflecting the essence of a creative town – innovation cluster Technopolis GS – will be featured at the final exhibition. Pictures performed by the contest winners represent a story about the development of the urban environment that stimulates the birth of new ideas and sharing them among talented people and that encourages development and growth of social activity. The photo exhibition concept will also express the idea of creative town, originating in Technopolis GS. Works will be performed in various techniques and sizes: from photos decorated in classic style under glass to two-meter posters.

A large-scale international photo project "The birth of the creative town" was launched in April 2014 and attracted newcomers and experienced photo artists to participate. The objective was to create a series of pictures devoted to creative environment and compose a brief essay about the works. Expert jury unveiled three winners, who were given the opportunity to perform the author's photography in Technopolis GS jointly with the renowned curators. Alexey Shinkarenko is the author of the concept of both the project and the final photo exhibition.

The contest "The birth of the creative town" was the first project initiated by the Creative platform GS Fund, registered in 2014. The Fund handles the development of the Technopolis GS creative environment. Its objectives include support of the unique cultural and social initiatives of the Kaliningrad region residents. The Fund will be officially introduced at the photo exhibition.

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