In 2013, I survived a serious car accident. I was close to death, and reality – one that I had been adapting to with difficulty – slipped through my fingers. This misfortune brought about another: surgeries, months of physical limitations, a breakup, and the return and aggravation of anxiety neurosis.
Not long before the accident, I had found in my family home a teacher's descriptive feedback from the time I was a seven-year-old, exemplary student. I am still one in my adult life. However, despite the opinion of others, my limitations, shame and anxiety are still teeming inside me. I started taking the first photographs as a way of incantation of fear in an aesthetic image. The accident brought my work to a halt. My mind was filling up with fragmentary memories, and sharp, detached details. My own physicality and pain became a source of images that felt more and more substantial and bodily as time passed.
“Post” is a project about trauma, frozen in dead greyness, silence and tension. Everyone can find their own punctures here – exhausting dreams, fears, obsessions. An individual way of discovering a twin traumatic memory in another person, “Post” is an attempt at intimate contact which closes the past non-experience in the present.
An understated book of interventions, sculptures, and intricate performance-portraits made following a serious car accident, and testimony to the power of art to heal. The image of a bloodied coat hanging on a blank domestic wall will stay with me for a very long time, as will a number of other memorable pictures by this talented Polish artist.
▪ PDN Photo Annual 2017, Photo Books, New York, USA (winner)
▪ Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2015 - 2016, European Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia (honorable mention)
▪ Best Photobooks of 2016 by Mark Power on Photobookstore Magazine
▪ Best Photobooks of 2016 Bitume Photofest selection
Publisher: Actes Sud (2016)
22 cm x 28 cm, 104 pages, hard cover