The Copper House Gallery launched Slackwater, a photographic exhibition by 2013 Propeller Award winner Maciej Pestka, on Thursday evening 8th May 2014. The Propeller Award is an annual award to support and mentor graduate students, providing an exhibition, portfolios and prints for 10 graduates each year. The 2013 Propeller Award is the final disbursement of the €150,000 Fire Arts Awards, launched at The Copper House Gallery in September 2011 by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D..
Slackwater is a testimony to Grabówek, a district on the outskirts of Gdynia in Poland, based on series of photographs produced over a year. This region has experienced great prosperity followed by economic collapse due to the rise and decline of Poland's shipyards. Grabówek's tight-knit community enjoy freedoms associated with unregulated urban planning, but at the same time suffer from a lack of municipal services and neglect. Limited editions of Slackwater, a self-published photo-book by Maciej Pestka in association with Read That Image, are available for sale.
Speaking at the launch, The Copper House Gallery curator Leszek Wolnik spoke of the intensity and interrogation underscoring Slackwater. Propeller Award winner Maciej Pestka thanked Leszek, Maureen and Mark for their support and the opportunity to exhibit at The Copper House Gallery.
Slackwater, a photographic exhibition by 2013 Propeller Award winner Maciej Pestka, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 8th May until 23rd May 2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.