For the opening of the festival, we prepared a group exhibition titled What others see far, I leave behind and it opens at the Brijuni hotel on Thursday 26th of September starting from 7pm. From different parts of the world, we have works by seven artists: Tom Delion, Peter Fettich, Janne Garbowski, Jordan Hill, Brian Lotti, Ricardo Napoli, and Pete Thompson.
The sound of the distance is loud and even though you don’t hear it, you feel it. Every time you miss somebody, every time you ache to go somewhere. You feel it in these images and you can hear it roar.
Kirill Korobkov had sent us some photos for Vladimir but he didn’t know about our plan for his exhibition so he is also on the hunt! This show titled Point and shoot is secret! It’s hidden somewhere in Fažana. And you have to find it to check it out. For the duration of the festival, we are gonna give you hints so stay in the loop with our website and facebook page!
Here are a few words about it from Kiril:
I like to think of traveling as the best university. It gives you knowledge and opens you eyes on places you’ve never heard of. It is also the most entertaining way to learn things and facts. Traveling helps you to understand better even yourself. Traveling and skateboarding is a powerful combo that makes both things even better. Skateboarding takes you to different places. Traveling makes skateboarding a better tool to discover our world. The proverb says that traveling is the only thing money can buy that makes you richer. After traveling with skaters for around 15 years I am not going to argue with it. We don’t remember days but we remember moments.
We are hosting an exhibition all the way from Brasil at Vladimir 2018. Dornelândia is a collaborative project between skaters and artists. The product of this collaboration is going to be presented at the Brioni hotel in Fažana on Thursday 27th of September starting from 19:00 h.
During four months, Alexandre Cotinz, Murilo Romão e Renato Custódio occupied an artistic space named Esquesso, located in Largo da Batata – one of the most iconic skate and culture spots of São Paulo.
An experimental project of investigation and resignification of the relationship between skateboarding and sound.
Sara Parson Texas is an analog photographer and illustrator born in Paris and living in Berlin since 2011. Her on going project called After the fact, before the deluge was at first a mix in between a zine/blog where she would have all kind of photos, and it is going to be presented on Vladimir as an exhibition on Thursday 27th in the Brioni hotel in Fažana.
This project is my own “in between” space i would say. All this moment when you are with so many peoples/friends on trip and nothing crazy happens but just normal life and suddenly you focus and notice all this little nothing. Suddenly the photo is not only a portrait/a gesture or so but just an emotion that you know you can only capture at this very second.
On Thursday 27th we are hosting a great photo exhibition at Kasarna in Fažana. Peter Fettich from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has captured some of the amazing moments at Vertbrant mini ramp contest and Vladimir film festival, intermittently, since 2013.
I have been heavily immersed in skate/snowboard culture since the mid 90s. As most information during the 90s was through magazines and movies, I developed an interest in photography towards the end of the millennium. For the past 7 years my main focus in photography has been traditional analog black and white darkroom imagery.
A few short films by Tom Wilk will be presented on Friday 28th in Fažana followed by a photo exhibition. We asked Tom for a few words about him and his project:
Keeping it moving since 1981. Born in Poland, raised in Canada, and currently residing in London UK, when not exploring new countries and continents. Skateboarding, travel, and having fun is the motto! Got hooked on skateboarding in 1996 and can’t stop, won’t stop! Grew up skating the streets of Windsor Ontario, Detroit, and Toronto – and trapped in that Golden Era Forever! Skateboarding is my Fountain Of Youth and Universal Language!!! Never take yourself too serious… and stay positive! Fuck The Rat Race!
These short films called “Mustapha” are just a random idea that I came up with while visiting various countries, most of it was filmed hungover and drunk! Honestly, I really just wanted to showcase the city/country a little bit while have a good laugh and creating some memorable content with friends, in between the tricks and beers! Hopefully these (the short films) will make a great addition to Vladimir Film Festival, especially as little fillers videos between the longer screenings, and to get peeps laughing.
Louisa Menke shoots the way she rides: on the streets and off the cuff.
A pioneer of the female pro skate scene, she’s since taken her four wheels and trusty Yashica from war-torn Kabul to downtown Johannesburg to the West Bank in Palestine. In 2015 Louisa and Kenny Reed released Some Time to Smile, a photo book documenting the work of Skateistan at their first skate school in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2017 Louisa co-founded Forgotten Fanclubs and released a photo zine documenting a Johannesburg experience, titled Colorful hearts filled with rhythm and rainbows, no one can dance the way you do. While in Johannesburg, Louisa also co-starred in the documentary Get Used To It about female empowerment, skateboarding, and Skateistan.
On Saturday 29th we are hosting her photo exhibition at the cinema Kino Valli in Pula where we are also screening the documentary Get Used To It.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Will Jivcoff is a photographer based in Berlin, Germany who takes a documentary approach to his work. He’s a co-founder of Medium Skateboard Magazine.
I love to capture genuine moments between people through portraiture and takes great interest in the Middle East, Russia, geopolitics and human rights.
Insha’Allah is a photo essay that explores Moroccan culture through the lens of skateboarding and is a staple phrase in everyday life there. An Islamic country on the northern tip of Africa, Morocco is one of the more liberal states in the Muslim world and considered unique from other African countries.
If you don’t want to miss this interesting photo exhibition check it out on Saturday 29th at the Cvajner gallery in Pula.
Great shots taken by Stefan Schwinghammer at the Vladimir 2017 on Solo skate mag.
A good skate session, chilling at the beach, good food, Ping Pong, Rakija (other better not) and screenings and photo exhibitions in the evening. What more do you want?
Connor Kammerer’s concept came to life on day zero of Vladimir 2017. Skating famous spots here in Fažana was a thrill for everybody who got the chance to witness this simple yet complex idea. Congratulations to the winners.
Black hubba / best trick – Dino Coce
Keenan Milton prize – Nich Kunz
Best overall – Gosha Konyshev
Taufek Asmarak, the founder of independent magazine Waxfeather, is bringing us Quit KL, a skate video from Kuala Lumpur by Tep York. At Vladimir Film Festival, Taufek is showing a photo exhibition documenting underground skate scene from Malaysia (Singapore) and Indonesia, made during the filming of the Quit KL video.
The exhibition and the screening are set for Friday, 22nd September at Caffe bar Stara Fažana from 19:00.
Olman Torres is a skateboard photographer based out of San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica. He has been shooting professionally for over 15 years, covering mostly Central and South America and runs his own zine called Standby Project.
The exhibition is taking place at the Cvajner gallery on the main old roman square in Pula on Saturday, 23rd of September starting at 10pm accompanied by Canasta, a skate video by Francisco Saco.
With no solid plans and nothing he had to do, Nich Kunz went on a trip to visit friends and skateboard while traveling in Europe. The exhibition of 12 photographs, accompanied by a book, recaps the solo 3 month trip leading up to the Vladimir Film Festival in 2016.
This solo exhibition by the San Francisco based photographer is going to be shown at the Valli cinema in Pula starting from 19:00 on Saturday, 23rd of September 2017.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is, Luka Pinto’s Croatian Shootout video.
Starring, in order of appearance: Gosha Konyshev, Zoe Miloš, Dillon Catney, Tom Day, Jim Craven, Joe O’Donnell, Mikey Patrick, Aymeric Nocus, Luka Pinto, Csucsu Szlavik and Nich Kunz. Music: Joe Evans (banjo), Rory Drinnen (base).
To accompany the release of the video, and the accompanying article in Grey vol. 04 issue 01 (in shops now), here are some photos by Henry Kingsford that did not feature in the new issue.
Mikey Patrick, alley-oop backside 180, Pula.
Dillon Catney, backside nollie 360 flip, Barbariga.
Pula – Robna kuća
Joe O’Donnell, Barbariga.
Mikey Patrick, frontside kickturn, Barbariga.
Mikey Patrick, kickflip, Fažana.
On Saturday 24th in the Valli cinema, Pula, you will have the opportunity to see the work of Richard West, a UK-based skateboard photographer and skater. His outstanding photos captured on various skate trips around Europe will be exhibited side by side on the international photo exhibition with the works by Joel Peck, Kuba Bączkowski and Alexey Lapin starting at 19:00.
“I started shooting photos at about the age of 19 but I have no idea how I got sucked into it. “
Interview with West on Crossfire mag.