HOMELAND

            The photographs presented in this series were all taken in Poland between 2013 and 2016 during several journeys made by the artist after he had permanently left his country to settle in Paris.

            The guiding thread of these images is the look of an expatriate who leaves his original land to start a new life. They reflect the conflictual relationship between a man and his past, the distance that takes hold in time between an individual and the most intimate places from his former life.

            This series is the testimony of a person who cannot move forward until they have cast a last look at what they have left behind. And, as it were, exorcised their past. Thus the photographs altogether offer a prism, both specific and unadorned, of this aesthetic of the return journey so well illustrated by Franz Kafka: ‘We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds.’ Such is the paradox that inhabits the images presented to us.

            All bear witness to a hazy world captured by a revenant in search of images that translate his memory of a bygone era. In the eyes of the photographer a familar lampshade discoloured by time, a plastic statue of Virgin Mary on a table in the living room, a tyre abandoned in a puddle become the relics of a precious past, already buried and distant, but impossible to forget.

            These real-life shots, which reflect moments that are insignificant yet extremely intimate, reveal scenes that hardly anyone has withessed. They result from the tiny, random occurrences of everyday life in a rural, timeless environment on the fringe of the rest of the world.

            these are snapshots of a crude and absurd banality, of simple subjects without a narrative, of landscapes made of nothing, of unimportant moments that remain engraved in the unconscious. 

 
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text: kamila gwiazda