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Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Anna Hornik - You ain't going nowhere

Sep 12, 2018

»You ain’t going nowhere« is a visual story on the theme of confusion, seemingly endless possibilities and disconnection with people and places. The motif of the road, both physical and metaphorical, is the base of the work. This series is a poetic journey through a certain atmosphere and feelings. The viewer is given little hints and is welcome to make their own connections. The author’s aim was to make this work open to more than one interpretation, while ambiguity and confusion are both tools to achieve some kind of meaning, and the meaning itself.

 

http://youaintgoingnowhere.com


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The Eye of Providence

Sep 19, 2018 - Anna Hornik

This my new and ongoing series related to the motifs of the Eye of Providence and Axis Mundi (in certain beliefs and philosophies, the world centre, or the connection between Heaven and Earth).

 

The Axis is a centre and a base – an immaterial thing upon which something else rests. Some kind of foundation. The motif of the Eye refers to the existence of a supernatural entity that takes care of whatever happens in the world. But there is also a concept of Providence, an entity that can intervene with what we do.

 

I am interested in visual representations of the contrast of macrocosmos and microcosmos, the spiritual and the earthly, but also the dichotomy between coincidence and destiny.


Karolina Wojtas – Train to knowledge

Sep 17, 2018 - Anna Hornik

Karolina Wojtas’s works are full of fun, crazy dreams, colours, absurd situations and experiment. Aesthetics of the unexpected collages of images mingling together remind me of some colorful psychedelic videos. Her exhibitions are more like games in which both her and the viewers play their roles (sometimes you can also win something!). As she transfers the audience to some surreal world, she wants them to participate and enjoy.

 

In her recent work called “Train to knowledge” she refers to education and casts doubt on its role(s) and effectiveness. The interiors of school buildings she photographs have an exaggerated and surreal feeling. The portraits of children she takes are unobvious and disturbing. All that is mixed with more abstract and symbolic images to create an impression of absurd and ridiculousness. To me this work seems to question the role of education through juxtaposing the concept of school as an institution bringing knowledge and raising children, but at the same time being disrespectful for individuality and creativity. Everyone is supposed to act according to certain patterns of behaviour and to meet expectations, which is often a source of traumatic experiences and has lifelong effects, especially strong when you are a kid.

 

karolinawojtas.com

chudopacholek.tumblr.com

 

“Train to knowledge” exhibition is a part of Tiff Festival in Wroclaw, PL, and is on display until the 20th of September. tiff.wroc.pl/en/en-programme/en-tiff-open/en-open-train-to-knowledge

 

 

Text of the anthem of the Primary School No. 7 in Chojnice, PL that Karolina Wojtas uses in her project:

 

Studying is our work today

so strive after knowledge hard

seek no other aim just study,

study full time.

Open your book regularly,

find inspiration in it

be honest and work diligently

listen to this song’s advice.

 

Life won’t be easy

without knowledge and work

wisdom is always desired

it’s every nation’s strength.

We must show the world

that we deserve to be Poles,

we listen to the poet’s advice

we want to follow his example.

 

 

 


Patrycja Wojtas – Kruszywo

Sep 16, 2018 - Anna Hornik

Kruszywo is a project in which landscape tells a story of human vs. nature relation. Patrycja Wojtas visited several places in Poland that used to be populated in the past. Areas rural at first, later industrialised and exploited by human, finally abandoned. Mines, factories, water reservoirs and an unfinished nuclear power plant. Bleak landscapes and details of human impact traces on the nature. Those are accompanied by archival photos and memories and personal accounts of the events. The images either come from private archives of people who witnessed the past of the areas, inhabited those towns and villages in the the times of their prosperity and downturn, or local institutional archives that document the industrialisation. Some of the archival images are especially moving when there are people’s private lives photographed, like kids in the garden in a village that does not exist any more, or a residential building where people used to live. Other images are more abstract and have a feeling of desolation. With some of them it’s hard to say at first if they were taken in the past or in the present.

 

The project examines the history of the land altered by human actions, then deals with the present when the post-industrial areas become new ecosystems and nature tries to take them over again or they become tourist attractions. However it also emphasises the negative, apocalyptic vision of the future of the anthropocene and transience of human impact.

 

patrycjawojtas.com

 

Kruszywo is shown at Patrycja Wojtas’ solo exhibition All that is solid melts into air (6th-20th of September 2018) as a part of Tiff Festival in Wrocław, Poland.

tiff.wroc.pl/en/en-programme/en-tiff-open/en-open-all-that


Antonina Gugala – Histories

Sep 15, 2018 - Anna Hornik

Histories, an ongoing project, is a visual investigation of the european identity crisis in relation to modern Greek history. In the first chapter of her project, Antonina photographs objects found on the streets in Greece, in the time of crisis and tension. A plastic chair, bricks on the pavement, stones holding a car cover or a mockup of the Erechtheion in a museum in Athens. The objects on the streets are pale, their colors are faded and covered with dust. They have a desaturated and stagnant feeling. The image of the plastic chair can be contrasted with the Erechtheion mockup in the museum. The fragility of the mockup of an Ancient Greece symbol, kept under a glass cabinet so that it can’t be touched, compared with the efficiency and durability of the plastic chair, poses a question on the foundations of the European identity.

 

While the image of the Erechtheion closes the first chapter, it’s also a link to the second one, where Antonina focuses on the ancient Greek artefacts in the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. The objects, when photographed, are always held by the workers of the museum. This points out to the issue of the ownership of such object, as well as its past. How did it happen that those kind of objects are far from their original place and belong now to this particular collection? This refers to the broader issue of heritage and how establishment distributes it.

 

The contrast between the objects photographed in Greece and the artefacts from the museum refers to the state of crisis when the ideas of the permanent and temporary are altered.

 

antoninagugala.com

 

Histories are on display as a part of Parallel Intersection Zagreb (11th- 26th of September) on Organ Vida Festival in Zagreb, Croatia ovfestival.org/event/parallel-intersection/

and on Landskrona Foto Festival on The Future is Ours exhibition (14th-23rd of September) landskronafoto.org/en/thefutureisours/


you ain’t going nowhere

Sep 13, 2018 - Anna Hornik

you ain’t going nowhere is a series consisting of images I took between 2010 and 2017. Throughout this period I was taking photos of daily life with some vague ideas of what it is going to be about. After having accumulated a number of images I decided to finalize working on this series and I am about to self-publish a zine with this material.

 

My work process is based on taking lots of photos intuitively and spontaneously, having some ideas and inspirations in the back of my head. However it is during the editing process that it becomes more structured and starts to have a clear direction.

 

Initial ideas behind this work were inspired by the beat generation writings and postwar American poetry I read when I studied English Literature at the university. I was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Robert Creeley’s poem I Know a Man. Later, when I was no longer so much into the beat generation, some concepts I came across there were still with me.

 

Motifs of nothingness, ambiguity, confusion, searching for direction and seemingly endless possibilities were some of those I found first in myself, but what triggered my work was finding them in literature.

 

you ain’t going nowhere is about to be published as a zine. More info and preorder: annahornik.com

 

youaintgoingnowhere.com