This week we welcome recent Foam Talent finalist, Weronika Gesicka to our Instagram Takeover, December 2017.
Weronika Gęsicka, born in 1984 in Włocławek (Poland). She graduated from the graphics department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. A winner of Foam Talent (2017), Spotlight Award (2017, Belfast Photo Festival) and LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards (2016). A finalist of Prix HSBC pour la Photographie (2017), Prix Levallois (2016) and the ShowOFF section of the Kracow Photomonth Festival (2016). She received a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2008. Her work has appeared in Foam Magazine (cover), The Guardian, Internazionale, British Journal of Photography and many others magazines.
In her projects she addresses topics related to memory and the way it operates. She is interested in scientific and pseudoscientific theories, mnemonics and various disorders concerning it.
Her main field of activity is photography, but she also create objects and artifacts. An important part of her art is working with archive materials of various sources. These are both image banks or images found on the Internet and police archives or old press photography.
@wgesicka Another piece from my series Traces – project based on vintage photos. It’s a story about what a recording of someone’s presence is, both in photography and in memory. The project is some kind of “family album”, an unique catalogue of memories in which the truth mingles with fiction. Untitled #56, 2017 #weronikagesicka #IGtakeover #familyalbum #vintagephotos
@wgesicka From the series Traces. When I have planned what a photograph after alteration will look like, I begin work in Photoshop. It usually means several dozens of hours of work on each photograph. Element cutting, copying, deforming and pasting begins anew. Parts of images sometimes are created from hundreds of pieces. Untitled #2, 2015 #weronikagesicka #IGtakeover #family #vintagephotos #archives
@wgesicka Untitled #22, 2016 From the project Traces Working with archival material is always a challenge, because we draw on the projects of others. You have to find a way to add some new value, to show them from a different perspective. Each new use will blur their initial content but on the other hand, it will give them a “new life”. #weronikagesicka #IGtakeover #vintagephotos #archives #stockphotos #traces
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