Rune Eraker: Uprooted

The exhibition Uprooted is the first presentation in Poland of the works of the Norwegian photographer Rune Eraker and also the first exhibition of socially engaged photography at Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK).

It consists of 73 black-and-white photographs from the series “The Smell of Longing” and two screenings that contain some photographs from the series never shown before.

The photographs presented at the exhibition have been taken since 1988. They document Eraker’s travels in 22 countries, ravished by war, political repression and hunger. They are an attempt to address the reasons why people are forced to abandon their roots and seek shelter abroad. Documenting everyday situations from the lives of the displaced against the backdrop of tragedy and war, the artist focuses on the causes of exile.

Rune Eraker (born 1961), a documentary photographer. Since 1990 a member of the photographic group Hollandse Hoogte. Heading the editing team of the magazine Norwegian Journal of Photography. In 2002, awarded by the USA Society for News Design for his series The Democratic Republic of Congo, and in 2009 he was named Freelancer of the Year in Norway. Rune Eraker’s photographic series are firmly based in the aesthetics of classical European documentary photography. His works have appeared in numerous magazines all over the world.

  • Artists:
    Rune Eraker
  • Open:
    Thursday, 13 February 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 27 April 2014
  • Address:
    MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, ul. Lipowa 4, 30-702 Krakow, Poland
  • Mail:
  • Phone:
    +48 12 263 40 00
  • Web:
  • Opening hour:
    Tue – Sun | 11am – 7pm
  • Closing day:
  • Photo credits:
    Rune Eraker: 1. Afghanistan 2002; 2. Afghanistan 2002; Erytrea 1998, © Rune Eraker, courtesy of MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


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