Dorota Kozieradzka  
From the family album
20th January - 13th February 2014

The author was inspired by the idea of a family album. In the classical understanding, it is a set of representative photographs taken on the occasion of important family celebrations. Yet, the photography cycle prepared by Dorota is supposed to be an antithesis of this generally accepted form. The artist records situations, actions and emotional states that are ignored and omitted from the photographic documentation of the family history by describing what is elusive, difficult to name, unspoken, or undeservedly pushed to the margin. She combines single situations that are seemingly out of context into composition pairs, thus giving a poetic character to the narrative. This work is, on the one hand, a sum of emotions concerned with a subjective perception of her own family, which is partly a psychological self-portrait of the artist, and on the other hand, it is an attempt to create a universal study of a complex structure, namely, a family. Despite a different look at the “album”, this piece remains a tribute to the idea of collecting photographs, storing values or at least an illusion of values in the universal subject matter.

Dorota Kozieradzka – born in 1982. A graduate of the Faculty of Painting, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. A co-author of the project “Fontainebleau” executed in the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the project “A painting attraction” in Witryna Gallery in Warsaw. A finalist of the Siemens Arts Award competition, the winner of the Scholarship Programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage “Young Poland”. A member of numerous exhibitions home and abroad, e.g. in the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, BWA Gallery in Zielona Góra, Bielska BWA Gallery in Bielsko-Biała, Wizytująca Gallery in Warsaw, Basis Wien – Hangart-7 in Salzburg. His works can be found in collections home and abroad, e.g. Dietrich Mateschitz’s.

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