By Weronika Gęsicka
Exhibition curated by Daria Scolamacchia
The project is based on vintage photographs purchased from an image bank. Most photos come from American archives from the 1950s and 1960s. Family scenes, holiday souvenirs, everyday life – all of that suspended anywhere between truth and fiction. It is hard to figure out whether the images were taken spontaneously or were entirely staged. We know nothing of the actual relationships between people in the photographs; we can only guess how much truth is in their gestures and gazes. Who are, or were, these individuals? Are they actors playing happy families, or real people whose photos were put up for sale by the image bank? Some are present in the pictures, while others are vanishing, but they always leave a trace. The images, modified in various ways, are wrapped in new context: our recollections of these people and situations are transformed and blur gradually.
Weronika Gęsicka was born in 1984 in Włocławek (Poland). She graduated from the graphics department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. A winner of Foam Talent (2017), Spotlight Award (2017, Belfast Photo Festival) and LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards (2016). A finalist of Prix HSBC pour la Photographie (2017) and Prix Levallois (2016). She received a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2008. In her projects she addresses topics related to memory and the way it operates. She is interested in scientific and pseudoscientific theories, mnemonics and various disorders concerning it. Her main field of activity is photography, but she also creates objects and artifacts. An important part of her art is working with archive materials of various sources.
12 giugno, ore 19.00
dal 13 giugno al 22 giugno dalle 10.00 alle 19.00
via degli Argonauti, 16