Josef Robakowski

03.03.2012 in18:23 in Creative,photoart -->


Robakowski was born on 20 February 1939 in Poznan, lives and works in Lodz. He is an author of films, photographic series, installations, drawings, objects, conceptual projects. Theoretician and academy professor.

He studied art history in the Department of Fine Arts of the Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun, and cinematography at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTviT) in Lodz. In Torun, he was the founder of artistic collectives Oko (1960), Zero-61 (1961-1969), and Krag (1965-1967), and member of the ‘Petla’ Student Cine Club (1960-1966). In Lodz, he co-organised the Workshop of Film Form (from 1970), and the ‘Stacja L’ Television Creative Group (1991-1992). He teaches at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz.

An integral part of Robakowski’s work are his statements and self-commentaries, as well as numerous programming texts and manifestoes, e.g. “Calling Once Again for ‘Pure Film’ ” (1971), “Video Art – a Chance to Approach Reality” (1976), or “Manipulating!” (1988). Since the 1960s, Robakowski has remained an active animator of cultural life, as the author of a number of important initiatives (e.g. the Exchange Gallery), organiser and curator of exhibitions, and originator and editor of publications (“Nieme Kino”, “Pst!”).

Robakowski made his first experimental film in 1962, 6,000,000, a compilation of fragments of Holocaust-era documentaries. But it was photographic activity that dominated the early period of his practice, also as part of the collective Zero-61 (fellow members included Czeslaw Kuchta, Jerzy Wardak, Andrzej Rozycki, Antoni Mikolajczyk, Wojciech Bruszewski).