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Artist Feature

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.

Kovi Konowiecki - And In Its Place, Another

Jun 03, 2020

‘And In Its Place, Another’ is an intuitive exploration of objects, people and places of desolation that exist in a liminal place of society.


Rather than setting out to photograph a particular place, this project began by piecing together photos from my many travels to Israel, Jordan and Mexico, as well as photos near home in California. I started noticing similarities in composition, form, texture and subject matter amongst the photos I was taking, and I asked myself if there was something that pieced these photographs together on a deeper level. I kept coming back to the idea of borders. Not just the physicality of the border though, but also abstract and internal notions of the border. It became apparent to me that there were strong visual connections present in the work that stimulated ideas about place.


Rather than being a project about place, however, ‘And In Its Place, Another’ became a project about emotion and visual association. There is a constant negotiation of light, shadow and time that bring together the photographs and the various open-ended narratives present in the work. People and objects oftentimes resemble one another through their shapes and composition, while other times things slightly change and degrade over time. Through the various forms of repetition and experimentation present in the work, the project became a way to explore my own visual and conceptual borders, and challenge some of the preconceived notions I had about my work, my practice, and my relationship to photography.


As the project took form, the various geographies that I initially examined began to melt into the geography of the project itself, where people and objects no longer belong to any particular place, but rather blend together to form the world of the project. The photographs that make up the project could be nowhere or anywhere, creating a world that exists on the outskirts and fringes of what we associate as place.