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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.

Piotr Zbierski - Love has to be reinvented

Feb 18, 2015

When Venasque told me about the diaries of Cocteau, I came across the following fragment which deeply affected me:
»And then I realized that the world of my dreams is equally full of memories as my real life, so it is the real being and also richer, deeper, full of episodes, and more precise in many details. It was difficult to properly locate memories in one or the other world. They were extraordinary, complicated, and have become my second life, twice bigger, and twice longer than my own.« Why? Because you hold this gun with cold water in it when I’m turning into someone unlike.
With or without is trivial difference. Is this not the way to communicate with friends? We’re still here. I know your deepest secret fear. And you know my deepest secret fear: egoism. Life is the movie directed by the universe.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Tomasz Ferenc

Feb 25, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

There are many ways of looking at reality. Incidentally Czesław Miłosz claimed we did not know what reality is, but we know that it overwhelms us… You can look directly, but then one should speak of a synaesthetic vision of the world. You can also look through the camera. However, unlike watching the world through the window of a completely different range finder on the focusing screen of the camera. Looking at the colorful, mobile images inside the camera we often forget that this is projection. Twin-lens reflex camera includes camera obscura built according to Renaissance recipe for the correct perspective. L. B Alberti definition of the image surface, formulated in the mid-fifteenth century is still alive in the construction of the camera. In assumption of engineers and designers, this projection is aimed at setting for the photo: frame, composition, focus. This is a picture of the auxiliary, which cannot be registered unless you use the second camera. However, this image is only a reproduction. Elusive process of creating an image on the focusing screen is reduced to the appearance of a very thin slice of time. What does this mean for the sensitive observer, aware of convention in which he had to create? For Tomasz Ferenc this is a source of reflection on photography and its role in life of a photographer. This source of reflection on the complex relationship between the eye, the camera and the world. However, we should not not expect ready answers. Ferenc performed his project for a year. This is a complicated way to create a diary of someone who's watching his own camera. In this context Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle comes to mind. This rule does not result from methods or instruments but with the nature of reality. The act of measurement of one quantity affects the system, causing a loss of information about the second quantity. We are always stuck with the image of a partial, incomplete, flawed… but sometimes beautiful and wise. Marek Domański

Natalia Masin

Feb 24, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

»My works reveal my deepest hidden memories.« For Natalia Masin, photographing is like a psychological therapy. By getting rid of certain layers of memory, she decodes signs which were left in her memory.

Olympic Games in London 2012 – Piotr Piwowarski

Feb 23, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

This reportage was made during the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Piotr's idea was to show the backstage and atmosphere of such a huge international event from his own point of view. For Piotr Piwowarski, photography is part of his blood; the way he lives. Piotr Piwowarski

Transformation of the »Eastern« – Marek M. Berezowski

Feb 22, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

The transformation of the »Eastern«, communist-era landscape to one filled with financial centers reflects a universal trend in urban development. If we were to disregard the verbal messages permeating urban public space, we would notice the increasing unification that is an outcome of the logic of global economy. This also ties in with a new separation between central and peripheral areas as a consequence of the preferential treatment given to some sectors of the economy. The seizing of prime location real estate by the representatives of the new sectors of the economy (in particular, by highly qualified managerial staff) has caused migration within the urban perimeter, deeper social stratification and the increasingly higher functional specialization of urban public space generating. Such processes, with varying intensity, can be observed in Chinese, Russian, Polish and post-East German towns. The remnants of the communist past, still visible in the urban landscape and lingering in the minds of the urban planners and decision-makers, form a backdrop to these processes. The inhabitants of metropolitan areas have an increasingly weaker say in issues relating to urban planning and neighbourhood development because the rules governing urban public space are subordinated to the logic of growth and profit. The trend is all the more apparent in the countries that are attempting to overcome the gap separating them from the »West« since the transformation has been towards a capitalist model – be in Europe or Asia, in a democratic or authoritarian state. While remaining within the bounds of documentary photography, though blurring the boundaries of the arbitrary categories of distinctness and its manifestations (signs and symbols), it is possible to give a visual synthesis of the global processes of the transformation of the contemporary cities of the »East«.

Igor Pisuk

Feb 21, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

Igor Pisuk is a young, Polish photograher who lives in Stockholm at the moment. His intention is to project his inner world onto people and situations that surround him. Actually his work is the nightmarish vision of a photographer with »Italian roots« who »emigrates« to France very often. Pisuk's hypnosis-like intention as an author has a big potential to become a unique and universal vision.

Winter in Ukraine – Agata Grzybowska

Feb 20, 2015 - Piotr Zbierski

The Earth exists with the help of water and oxygen cannot exist without fire. But war exists because of the manipulation of people being used by others being who are being used as well. Agata Grzybowska is a Polish war photographer interested in showing those important issues looking into the face of humanity that is being distorted. »…Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.« – Walker Evans