2018 #35

Collection

by Weronika Gęsicka

Selected by
Galeria JEDNOSTKA,
Warsaw, Poland

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Selected by Galeria JEDNOSTKA,
Warsaw, Poland

"Memory is just an attempt at interpreting the past; we are unable to recreate the past in a reliable manner because it will only ever constitute fragments of reality."

PERCEIVED PAST

I'm not interested in the past itself, but in how it is perceived both now and in the future. If we can modify the past – with the use of images for example – then certain questions and doubts arise which are intriguing to me on numerous levels. Who we are in an individual context, as well as that of a society, constitutes a collection of events from the past which form our identity.

FLAWS OF MEMORY

Memory is just an attempt at interpreting the past; we are unable to recreate the past in a reliable manner because it will only ever constitute fragments of reality. Even documentary photography, which often strives to show the world in an objective manner, always involves choices that will in turn result in a specific representation of reality. In my work, I try to communicate how easily we can be deceived by the illusion of objectivity in photography.

COLLECTION

Collection is the latest manifestation of my interest in memory, and it continues to investigate ideas I’ve touched upon in previous work. The series warps reality, blurring the boundary between truth and fiction but in a different direction. In my Traces series, this “deformation” engaged with existing photographs, whereas in Collection I intervene in reality whilst creating my own personal artefacts which are then consequently photographed.

MUSEUM GREY

In Collection there is a very particular and reoccurring shade of grey. It appeared after many visits to ethnographic museums, which functioned as a source of inspiration in creating the series. In these museums, objects are often presented against the backdrop of a similar colour; a quiet, median tone. When we are only presented with fragments of artefacts, we often contemplate the histories behind them. Collection is an attempt to connect personal narratives and emotions to various objects and then later recreate those stories through them.

TRUTH OR FICTION

I believe that in today’s world we’re constantly oscillating between truth and fiction. The proliferation of fake news, a culture of post processing and the creation of personal identities via social media platforms forces us to approach what we see with dwindling trust. This is now the sphere in which we function, and my work attempts to deal with this reality in some way.

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Photo of Collection by Weronika Gęsicka

Photo of Collection by Weronika Gęsicka

Weronika Gęsicka

Warsaw, PL

Weronika Gęsicka

Weronika Gęsicka

Warsaw, PL

Weronika Gęsicka (b. 1984, Poland) tackles the notion of memory. Her material is sourced from image banks, archives, police records as well as constructed artefacts or sculptures, often made in collaboration with craftsmen or other artists. Gęsicka’s photographs move playfully between fact and fiction, oscillating between an imagined future and manipulated past. Her confrontation of ‘truth’ resonates strongly in today’s world of fake news paranoia and performative identities on social media. Surrealist and bizarre, cut-and-paste creations offer an alternative view on life which is both nightmarish yet somehow entirely plausible.

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