Tara Wray: Too Tired Project #TooTiredWarsaw

21.03 - 21.03.2019

Leica 6×7 Gallery invites you to the screening of photographs from the “Too Tired Project”, initiative founded by photographer and film director Tara Wray. The meeting will take place on March 21 at 6 pm.

Founded in 2018 the “Too Tired Project” is a photo initiative that helps those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression and community. Project invites all interested photographers to share their images as they relate to their issues with mental health by using the hashtag #tootiredproject on Instagram.

After numerous meetings in American cities, #tootiredwarsaw is another edition aimed at gathering photographers whose photos will be presented during the meeting at Leica 6×7 Gallery. To take part in the project post an image on Instagram referring to experiences with depression or other issues related to mental health, and then tag it: #tootiredproject #tootiredwarsaw. We want to see photography as it relates to your experiences with depression and other mental health issues. A very brief text with your submission helps us see the work in the context of the project and would be greatly appreciated but is not required.

  1. Tag your submission using the hashtags  #tootiredw arsaw and #tootiredproject .
  2. Email  your submission to info@tootiredproject.com —no more than ONE JPG—sized at 2000 pixels on the longest side—with #tootiredwarsaw and your name in the subject line. Title your image using the following example: Elena_Kagan_tootiredwarsaw.jpg. In the body of your message please indicate whether you are local and will be attending the show. If accepted to a previous show please feel free to submit again using a different image.

Deadline of submissions: March 13.

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The meeting will have a form of a panel discussion between Tara Wray, a psychologist, and art therapist –            dr Aleksandra Chmielnicka-Plaskota, photographer – Wojciech Grzędziński and visual artist Zuzanna Szarek. Discution will be moderated by Agnieszka Jucewicz.

Part of the event will be the promotion of Tara Wray’s photobook “Too Tired for Sunshine” in which Tara confronts depression by documenting the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life. Drawn from daily life and wanderings, the photos explore loneliness and isolation, as seen through a lens of absurdist dark humor. “Too Tired for Sunshine” puts a fine point on channeling pain into creative expression. We are both witnessing the process and experiencing the result. Tara Wray takes us on a visual and emotional journey with disarming humor that lets us lean into the sadness a bit.

Hardcover Photobook
Published by Yoffy Press, July 2018
Photographs by Tara Wray
Introduction by Aimee Bender
7×9 inches
134 pages / 75 images
Edition of 500 (less than 50 copies remain)


dr Aleksandra Chmielnicka-Plaskota – Educator in Art Education Institute Academy of Special Education in Warsaw works primarily with patients of psychiatric clinics, people with mental disabilities, and with art therapy students. Within this project art therapy workshops for patients are organized in the Palace at Utrata, Tworki mental hospital, where the hospital Art Therapy Center is located. The workshops are performed by art therapists and music therapist certified by the Prof. J. Mazurkiewicz Mazovian Specialized Health Centre in Pruszkow. Within the Center the Niecodzienny Theatre, an ensemble consisting of the hospital patients operates. Guided by professional artists our patients work on painting, graphic, sculpture, and ceramics. Together with art therapy students from the Institute of Art Education, Academy of Special Education, Warsaw and with support of psychiatrists and psychologists, they also compose short films about their problems. The patients participate in artistic events such as happenings, installations and athletic meetings organized in the grounds of the hospital. The project In Life and Art Together and Tworki Collection represent Poland in the worldwide project and collection Art Against Stigma. A multicultural aspect of art therapy is realized in cooperation with art therapists from Europe (B. H. Bayley –drama therapy) and Australia (S. Linnell –narrative therapy, and A. Lania –drama therapy). The chairperson of art therapy section of the Polish Psychiatric Association.

Wojciech Grzędziński – (b. 1980 in Warsaw, Poland). Photojournalist. His pictures were awarded in World Press Photo, Visa D’Or, NPPA, Sony World Photography Awards, NPPA, Grand Press Photo and many other. Autor of the Picture of the Year (2009) and Picture of the Decade (2014) in BZWBK Press Photo competition. Head of the jury and jury member in polish photo competitions. In photography he’s interested in human and emotions. Documented armed conflicts and their consequences. Between 2011 – 15 Chief of photographers and an official photographer of the President of the Republic of Poland. Scholar of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2014. Member of Association of Polish Artists Photographers.

Zuzanna Szarek – (born 1984, Warsaw). Visual artist, photographer and screenwriter. She graduated with honors from the Media Art Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and completed PhD studies.  Academic teacher. In art she searches for expression of absurd, paradox and melancholia. Despite their documentary character, her photographs often reflect emotions. Author of several individual exhibitions, for example “The Won’ Be Any Other End of the World” and “Humans Do Not Rule This Land” which will open at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in 2020. Her photographs are in private and institutional collections, including the National Museum in Gdańsk. Selected publications: Aint-Bad Magazine, Colossal, Fisheye Magazine, This Isn’t happiness.

Tara Wray – (b. 1978, Kansas) is a photographer based in rural Vermont. Her photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine,” was published by Yoffy Press in 2018. Recently she founded the Too Tired Project, a photo initiative helping those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression. Her work has appeared on Vice, NPR, Washington Post, Huff Post, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Kansas, Wray graduated from NYU where she studied documentary filmmaking. She is director of two feature length documentaries: “Manhattan, Kansas” and “Cartoon College.”   Her works are included in the following collections Amon Carter Museum of American Art, George Eastman Museum Library, Beinecke Rare Book Manuscript Library on the Yale University, and Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame Universit. Selected publications: NPR, Washington Post, VICE, Huff Post.

Agnieszka Jucewicz – Polish journalist, has worked for magazines “Wysokie Obcasy” and “Wysokie Obcasy Extra” (part of Gazeta Wyborcza – leading opinion- making newspaper in Poland) since 2004. Author and co- author of books on mental health. Her newest books is entitled “Czując. Rozmowy o emocjach” – “Feeling. Conversations about emotions”; and is made of interviews with reknown Polish psychotherapists and psychologists about different emotions. She lives in Warsaw with her family.

fot. Christopher Stephens

The event is supported by the US Embassy to Poland

21.03.2019 (Thursday), 6 pm
Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa, Mysia 3, II floor
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 10–20, working Sundays 12–18
Free entry
Meeting in english

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