Paperlust Photobook Fest is a new biennial on the map of photographic events in Europe, stemmed from love to paper.


PAPERLUST focuses on regional collaboration and aims to present the local self-publishing scene to the wider audience. The motivation behind the festival is to allow discovery while encouraging artistic exchange and explore the power of self-publishing as an offline medium, co-existing in the era of the Internet.


PAPERLUST programme is formed of exhibitions, talks, book signings, panel discussion, workshop, photobook fair, reading room (chill zone and library) and dummy review. We invite small publishers, makers and established artists to present their practices, ranging from self-made publications and zines to book objects, albums, and photobooks published by the established institutions. As a reoccurring event, the festival aspires to become a photobook hub in  Central and East Europe.


First edition – PAPERLUST Photobook Fest 2019. Art and self-publishing as a tool for social change is focused on the Visegrad region and has been created in close collaboration with the festival’s partners from Slovakia, Czech, and Hungary. It intends to gather local institutions, publishers, non-profit organizations and makers together to increase the visibility and exposure of the artists using photobooks to tell their stories, as well as strengthen, connect and empower the local art scene.

PAPERLUST Photobook Fest 2019. Art and self-publishing as a tool for social change


Programme curators: Katarzyna Legendź, Katarzyna Zolich

Exhibitions curators: Katarzyna Legendź, Katarzyna Zolich, Gosia Fricze, Grażyna Siedlecka, Katarzyna Roniek, Bea Istvánkó, Markéta Kinterová, Slavomíra Ondrušová

Coordinator: Gosia Fricze

Paperlust Photobook Fest is organised by Fresh From Poland and Paper Beats Rock foundations. 


Gosia Fricze

Gosia Fricze (1984) is a curator and coordinator of artistic events in Poland and the UK. She is a Co-founder and Vice Director at Fresh From Poland Foundation. She studied Art History (MA) at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and is a graduate of Arts Management (BA) at the South Bank University in London. Between 2014 and 2016 she collaborated with LoVArts – a networking organization for creatives in London. From 2015 to 2018 she worked as a Coordinator at Tate Gallery in London. As a freelance curator, she curated exhibitions at the Unit24 gallery and the Westminster Palace in London, as well as co-curated projects and exhibitions as part of the activities of Fresh From Poland. She is interested in art as a tool for social inclusion. Currently lives between Treviso and London.

Katarzyna Zolich

Katarzyna Zolich (born in Bielsko-Biała), PhD candidate in Fine Arts Department at UP in Cracow. Graduated from the Academy of Photography (Krakow, 2014) and Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University (2009). Awarded scholarships from: Young Artists Cooperative (2013), Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2014) and from the President of Bielsko-Biała (2015). Chosen to Debuts 2014 – a book gathering 36 most talented, young polish photographers.

In 2017 she has participated in the Residence programme at Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest (Hungary) and gained an scholarship at the UGR in Granada (Spain). In 2018 with Beatrice Bergamo she has published her first photobook Vivir en Valparaíso (Ciengramos, Granada). She exhibited her works in Poland and abroad (lately during Duesseldorf Photo Weekend). She is a part of Paper Beats Rock Foundation which is a collective of educators in the field of Zine culture. Interested in people, power and symbolic violence.


Grażyna Siedlecka

Grazyna Siedlecka (Poland, 1985) founder of Fresh From Poland – an independent platform for contemporary Polish photography and director of Fresh From Poland Foundation. She works as a curator, picture editor, art events coordinator and writer. So far she has curated several group exhibitions in Poland, England, the Netherlands and India and cooperated with festivals in Poland, Tbilisi, and Istanbul. Former text editor for FOTO Monthly Magazine (Poland), currently cooperates with Prism Magazine (Dublin) and Contemporary Lynx (UK). Siedlecka was involved in a few publications: Photopoland 2016 by Culture.pl and Fotofestiwal, Gespräche über Polnische Fotografie by Jens Pepper and Distortion zine by Fresh From Poland & Hekla Studio. She is  highly interested in new trends in art photography. As a curator, Siedlecka is passionate about putting images into a new or unexpected context in order to create unique visual stories, focusing more on the final outcome rather than on the single photographs and their authorship. Lives and works between Poland, England and Iceland.


Katarzyna Ewa Legendź

Katarzyna Ewa Legendź (born 1988 in Bielsko-Biała). Visual artist, lecturer at Akademia Fotografii in Cracow, alumna of the of the Photography Dept. at the at the National Film School in Lodz, graphic designer. Has taken part in national group exhibitions, her works have been published in both national and international press. Works in publishing and editorial design, co-creates – as a current foundation’s VP – a conceptual and design core of Paper Beats Rock Foundation. As a PBR member also carries out educational work. Her publications are in international collections, nominated for the Photographic Publication of the Year, shown at the Athens Photo Festival and Istanbul Photobook Festival. Interested in the junction of social spectacles, waste, margins and notion of a negative space with the renaissance of minimalism as well as with experience of femininity.

Katarzyna Roniek

Katarzyna Roniek (1989, Poland) is a co-funder and Social Media & PR manager of Fresh From Poland Fundation. She graduated from Academy of Photography in Kraków (2012) and English Philology at European Tischner University (2014).  She also worked at one of media agencies in Krakow as Social Media Specialist. Her photographs were on display at Doomed Gallery in London and during London Analogue Festival. Roniek’s works were published in magazines such as: Hedonist Magazine, Replika and No Cigar Magazine. In her projects, she’s most interested in ambiguous beauty.