Saturday, March 19, 2016

Izložba fotografija "Apaches" by Magdalena Borowiec at Бартcелона gallery

Apaches
Apaches
Photography exhibition: Apaches

Artist: Magdalena Borowiec

Exhibition from 21st March to 2nd April 2016

Opening 21st March 2016 19h

Where:

Бартcелона

Belgrade Design District, 1 Sprat, lokal 96 

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About the Artist & Project, Serbian & English

Serbian:

APAČI

Apači, lica uvek crnih od prašine i prljavštine, u dubinama zemlje kopaju spletove tunela, zidova svetlucavih od uglja. Magdalena silazi u dubine sa kopačima. Ona fotografiše njihov rad, koji podseća na pakao, kaže – vrelina, vlaga i klaustrofobija, dok na površini maleni ljudi rade na ledenom vazduhu, nalik na figure u slikama Brojgela. Nakon kolapsa Sovjetskog Saveza, većina rudnika uglja u Kirgistanu je zatvorena. Ljudi su masovno odlazili iz zemlje u potrazi za poslom u Rusiji; dok su oni koji su ostali u Kirgistanu bili primorani da započnu samostalno kopanje uglja. Magdalenine fotografije ne prikazuju samo njihov težak i opasan posao. Njene fotografije takođe prikazuju čudne predele, ponekad apokaliptične, ponekad mirne i tihe. 

Beata Lejman, istoričar umetnosti iz Nacionalnog muzeja u Vroclavu (Poljska) opisuje Magdalenin rad – “posmatranje fotografija Magdalene Borowiec me uvlači u vakum tišine (posebno njene crno-bele fotografije). Nalazim se u prostoru, u beskrajnim prostranstvima, mapama prašine i šljunka u kojima obitavaju pojedinci koji gotovo da ne ostavljaju tragove, kroz čije fizičke sredine i psihičke pejzaže prolazimo u ovim kadrovima. Čini se da Magdalenini ljudski subjekti – zabeleženi bilo u intimnim portretima izbliza, bilo na simboličnoj distanci – prevazilaze vreme i mesto, iako su za njih čvrsto vezani u njenim kadrovima. (Nasuprot nama: nezaustavljivi, ne mogu se svesti na kadar, postaju samo senke.) Ovde se nalazimo lice u lice sa otelovljenim prisustvom: mlada žena u trenucima pred obrok, simbolizuje tišinu, okružena milošću, glave pognute u molitvenom odmoru. Usklađena sa onim što nije izraženo, Magdalena beleži elokventnost onoga što nije rečeno, u jednostavnoj prostoriji oslobođenoj viška predmeta. To je prostorija u kojoj već ima malo toga, a još manje stvari kojih bi se mogli otarasiti, jer, kao u slici u kojoj se preklapa ono primetno i neprimetno, svaka prisutna stvar je dokaz sopstvene relevantnosti i stoga esencijalna. U kompozicijama Magdalene Borowiec, izgužvana upotrebljena ćebad, dušeci, jakne i molitveni tepisi imaju dragocenost koja se ne nalazi u oku posmatrača, već koju stiču kroz legitimnu i stalnu upotrebu; dok je svaka mrvica hleba na stoljnjaku, ili kap masnoće na površini supe u tanjiru, vredna (doslovno) fokusa kamere i znatiželje fotografa. Dok se približavamo kraju, osećamo početak. Žamor nestaje i nastupa potpuna tišina. Pejzaži su svedeni na primalno a ljudska unutrašnjost je ispražnjena od materijalnog viška. Sve što preostaje je čista praznina, osnovna jednostavnost. Čeznemo za njom kao što čeznemo za bogatstvom, ali nam ona time izmiče, jer se ona može podeliti jedino iz ruku nemaštine.”

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Translation by Tamara Markovic

Sponzori:

Jump Inn Hotel

Topolska Osamnaest

Kafe-knjižara Meduza

English:

APACHES 

Apaches with faces always black from dust and dirt, digging deeply underground zaboykas underground tangle of corridors with walls full of shining coal. Magdalena goes down with Apaches. She shoots the toil of their work, saying that the hell may look like their shifts – wet, hot and claustrophobic, and on the surface tiny people working on the frost air just like in the paintings by Bruegel. After the collapse of the Soviet Union most of operating coal mines were closed down in Kyrgyzstan. People massively left the country for work in Russia; those who stayed in Kyrgyzstan had to start extract coal on their own. Magdalena’s photographs show not only their hard and dangerous work. Her pictures also show strange landscapes, sometimes apocalyptic, sometimes gentle and quiet.

Beata Lejman, an art historian from the National Museum in Wrocław (Poland) aptly described Magdalena’s works – “it is into a void of silence that I am drawn when contemplating the photographs of Magdalena Borowiec (in particular, her work in black and white). I emerge into space, boundless landscapes, maps of dust and shale inhabited by the nearly traceless individuals whose physical exteriors and mental interiors we pass through within these compositions. Borowiec’s human subjects—captured in either intimate close-up or at something of a symbolic distance—appear to transcend time and place, although they are firmly rooted to both within her frame. (Unlike the rest of us: unstoppable, unframeable, worn down to shadows.) Here we find ourselves in the presence of presence itself: a young woman in the moments before a meal, embodying quietude, enveloped in grace, head tilted downward in prayerful repose. Attuned to the unheard, Borowiec records the eloquence of the unsaid in a simple room devoid of clutter and excess. A room in which there is little to begin with and still less that could possibly be discarded, for as in a still life painting’s overlapping of the noticed and the unnoticed, each present object attests to its own relevance and therefore essentiality. In Magdalena Borowiec’s photographic still lifes, rumpled secondhand blankets, mattresses, jackets, and prayer rugs attain a preciousness established not by the appraiser but through legitimate and repeated use; and each single crumb of bread upon a tablecloth, or puddle of grease slicked across the surface of a bowl of soup, is deemed worthy of the camera’s (literal) focus and the photographer’s curiosity. As we approach the end we sense a beginning. Clamor ceases and gives way to a supreme silence. Landscapes are pared down to the primeval and human interiors emptied of their material superfluity. A pure spareness is all that remains, elemental in its simplicity. We long for it like we long for wealth, but in so doing risk its eluding us, for it is only from the hands of poverty that it may be shared”.

Mag

Sponsor:

Jump Inn Hotel

Topolska Osamnaest

Kafe-knjižara Meduza

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