The cycle of works dedicated to Memory. Ephemeral notes: leporello "Let us hurry..."
The cycle of works dedicated to Memory. Ephemeral notes: "Tapes"
Photo exhibition inspired and deriving from "Roadside Metaphors – from word on the paper to metaphor from the paper” exhibition (an exhibition inspired by Czeslaw Milosz's life and work, Muzeum Czestochowskie, 2011). The photo exhibition was a part of “Czestochowa reads...", an event organized by Municipal Public Library in Czestochowa in 2011. That year its leitmotiv theme was “Czeslaw Milosz, a traveler of the world”. Below a few selected pieces.
Portable figures of various height made of white paper - standing and sitting sculptures, metaphorical presentations of ideas, emotions, mysteries, simplicity... figures frozen in poses and gestures... The exhibition makes reference to a poet searching for the truth, asking profound questions, a man in doubt who knows human passions and longings, a person full of contradictions who "Being Miłosz, Miłosz [he] wants not to be". It is not, however, biographical in nature. A selection of verse from a variety of volumes, and so from various periods of the poet's artistic life, are not presented chronologically. The choice of "the road" is thus left to the reader. Similarly to the order of "meetings" with human-like metaphors emerging from the matter that displays specific properties. This very matter, a medium with a many-century-long tradition, plays a prominent role in the contact between the art piece and a member of the audience - it is familiar and warm - and it certaily affects mutual relationships. Together with a doll-figure it makes "the meeting" take the audience to different areas of sensitivity and imagination, to the inner world which is shaped by roudside encounters, choices, doubts, questions asked..., all this to help outline areas of self-awareness and personal freedom, to approach the river of time (as the poet understood it). "When selecting the quotations I was haunted by the constsnt dilemma: is it this poem, shall I stop here. But there are also poems that were meant to be there from the begining - to accompany the paper metaphors, as they mark my minor road, in some way giving it direction. By using an artistic metaphor I am able to conceal the truths while leaving the meaning to the sensitiveness of the beholder". The works have their titles/names which have been purposefully left out: they seem to be excessive vis a vis the poets words. Paper works do not illustrate the poems. The scene created definitely encourages the audience to follow the paths of the vagrant poet, and then to tell their own stories.