Artophilia  •  958   •  12 August 2015

Marcela Paniak


A Łódź Film School student. She belongs to the Association of Polish Artists Photographers and the Łódź Photographic Society. Her works were presented at individual and collective exhibitions in Poland and in many countries abroad (Czech Republic, Belgium, USA, Slovakia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Spain, Italy).
The most important event was the nomination for the “Prix Découverte” award at “Les Rencontres d’Arles” festival in 2013. She has been awarded at “Lens Culture Emerging Talents” in 2014 and she has also won the first prize at “Visible White Photo Prize” in 2015.

My photography began just because of the need coming straight from my heart. It was the time when through photography I could truly express my emotions; those which were impossible to be described by words. At that time the series “Self-portrait”, “No title”, “Five and a half seconds” and “Dead nature” were created. However, there is also some part of me still longing for the childhood. I have always been fascinated by the world of children’s imagination. The series “Fairy Tales, pp. 13-55” and “One, two, three, the witch sees thee” are the memories of fairy-tales visions and dreams, a return to the children’s imagination about the world, the images resembling book illustrations or fairy-tales projector slides. This world has survived in tatters somewhere in my memory and in the falling into a ruin house inhabited now only by my grandmother. That’s what the series “Genevieve” is about. I would like to use photography as a time-stopping machine. I’m attracted to memories – both to my own ones and to those belonging to the people who are not alive anymore. I do not focus on the real world; the most important for me is the world created by the human mind. The following photographic topics, also resulting from personal experience, were centered around love, the secret history of our feelings and duration of the relationship. “Audi, vide, sile”, “Farewell”, “Autumn, help” are a reverie on the idea of partnership and a thought about the relations between people. Only photography is able to support communication with the surrounding reality – in the way that does not reveal us at all. However, the series “Elysium”, “Re-preset world” and also “Draft book” is the exact focus on the medium of photography itself, a play with the possibilities photography offers. It is really interesting how the image cooperates with the human ability to remember things; that’s my reason for reaching out for old photos and other objects belonging to nobody. Also the assemblage “Objects” refers to that topic; this series of works shows fragments of the old things arranged together in a new quality – perhaps art is just about it in general. Therefore, nowadays, my interests focus more and more on the theory of photography.


Gallery

Marcela Paniak

Self-portrait

Marcela Paniak

No title

Marcela Paniak

Five and a half seconds

Marcela Paniak

Dead nature

Marcela Paniak

Fairy Tales, pp. 13-55

Marcela Paniak

Fairy Tales, pp. 13-55

Marcela Paniak

Fairy Tales, pp. 13-55

Marcela Paniak

One, two, three, the witch sees thee

Marcela Paniak

Genevieve

Marcela Paniak

Audi, vide, sile

Marcela Paniak

Farewell

Marcela Paniak

Autumn, help

Marcela Paniak

Elysium

Marcela Paniak

Elysium

Marcela Paniak

Re-preset world

Marcela Paniak

Draft book

Marcela Paniak

Draft book

Marcela Paniak

Objects

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