short visual stories

Krzysztof Wladyka – ‘Animalies’

Krzysztof Wladyka‘s “Animalies” – animal stories as a kind of reflection of our own human condition that must question us about the essence and basic values of our own lives.

“In my opinion, in these days when money are more important than soul’s needs, everybody can identify with these characters.  

According to me this world is peaceful and harmonious but being and living in it causes the feelings of nostalgia, sadness and depression. On the one hand additional elements or objects which are get mixed  up in this world should have as a task to help characters  to survive in their nothingness, but on the other hand they just strengthen me in  the feeling of being withdrawn and isolated from the others.”

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Krzysztof Wladyka -Animalies

 

Ramsay de Give and Kristen Joy Watts – ‘The Weight of Objects’

Ramsay de Give‘s photography for the on-going project ‘The Weight of Objects‘, created by Kristen Joy Watts. The project is about collecting stories of people’s portraits and the connection with their most treasured belongings.

“Seven years ago, when I co-curated an exhibition of works by Dionne Simpson, I was also recovering from Hodgkin’s disease. After the exhibition was over, Simpson gave me the most minimal of the works, and my favourite of her deconstructed canvases. Now, this piece hangs in my bedroom, and I wake up to it every morning – a daily reminder of the generosity of the human spirit, and the gems that await you after life’s struggles.”

“Isadora Duncan’s story – being an eccentric, reckless, courageous woman in a time when it would have been nearly impossible to be so – changed the way I thought about my own life. I look for this book every time I’m in a new bookstore and pick up copies to give to friends. Even if I lost it I feel like fragments of her stories are kind of part of me now.”

Visit the site to read all the stories and view the gallery.

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Ramsay de Give – The Weight of Objects

 

Odette England – ‘Excavations’

Odette England‘s series ‘Excavations‘ – quiet, meditative artworks, with elements of abstraction, family history and nostalgia.

‘Excavations’ explores the invisible social space of family storytelling through photography. I make c-prints of family pictures from expired Kodak film, as well as using original snapshots from the album, then carefully hand-sand them with various types of sandpaper. I aim to loosen the complexities of material encounter with intangible concepts. Mine is also a literal assault. I cross into taboo territory, the transgression and squeamish horror of destroying original personal possessions.”

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Odette England – Excavations

 

Astrid Kruse Jensen – ‘Within the landscape’

Astrid Kruse Jensen‘s ‘Within the landscape‘ – between past and present like a swan on a dreamy journey.

Following in the footsteps of the artist Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) to mark the centenary of his first visit to the area at Filsø, Denmark, resulted in a story how she as an artist experienced the place within the same harsh but sensual landscape, he sought out.

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Astrid Kruse Jensen – Within the landscape

 

To learn more about her work, watch her interview for Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

 

Kenji Toma – ‘The most beautiful flowers’

Kenji Toma‘s ongoing project ‘The most beautiful flowers‘ – face to face with the beauty.

With commercial advertising around every corner, it is easy to view everything in a passive way. Inspired by the botanical illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Kenji Toma started a series of flowers showing their ‘unreal’ beauty as a revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia from the 19th century. 

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Kenji Toma – The most beautiful flowers

 
Available as a photo book published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg

 

Darren Almond – ‘Fullmoon’

Darren Almond’s series ‘Fullmoon’ – a long exposure and the invisible landscape turns to a visible meditation.

“Light generates life – this is why we are drawn to it, but contrary to the harsh light of the sun, the reflective light of the moon makes us see further. The landscape of the night is an emotional landscape as much as it is a physical landscape.”

The first photographs on nights with a full moon, English artist Darren Almond took in 1998 initiated an experiment, which he called Fifteen Minute Moon. This became the starting point to an ongoing series of works, now known as ‘Fullmoon‘ and available as a photo book published by Taschen.

“The moon is the sculpture, that belongs to everybody on the planet. It’s a small glimmer of light between two voids of darkness. The moon to me is a historical point, a point we can relate to. Everything beyond the moon is just too far away, is beyond language.”

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Darren Almond – Fullmoon

 

To learn more about the artist’s thoughts behind the series of full moon pictures, watch his interview for Louisiana Channel