ARTIST STATEMENT OF MACIEJ STAWINSKI
Paul Valery, French poet and essayist stated in one of his essays that "... it's more useful to talk about something what we've experienced than to pretend that the knowledge can be completely impersonal and the observation can exist without the observer. As a matter of fact there is no theory which wouldn't be an elaborated piece of someone's autostatement." Photography in individual techniques is a piece of my statement. For me it's as important as being a photographer in The Theatre Laboratory of Jerzy Grotowski, when it was in the last phase of its activity in Poland. I was working and spending time with people who were strongly motivated and revolting against things connected with social life as well as these connected with metaphysics. On this background the emptiness of reality of so called the seventies' photography, with all-powerful rulling and courtous art of photomedialism, could release only a attitude of being an outsider and the choice of an individual way in photography. Grotowski used to say, "One should be separate in art".
I tried to narrow my attitude of
revolt against the found reality down to the process of working and
A coincidence doesn't have to be equal to freedom;
and critical choice should be up to author's requirements. Where are
the "individual techniques" and other techniques in photography
driving at? In times of changes in formula and in definition of photography,
the pictures made in individual techniques can be a time machine,
which will carry us to the future. At the end of the century and millennium
the rising meaning of digital photography will bring changes similar
to these brought in the XIX-th century by dagerotype and talbotype.
But now the changes will come much faster. We should think what will
be left and what kind of photography will find its place and its development
in the future. Today the speed offered by the digital photography
predestines it to be the tool for commercial and press photography.
It doesn't matter that digital pictures don't have "the aura",
they don't have to. For the artist, the photographer, who creates
in private, it will become a dreamed medium, free from commerce and
hurry. The picture of ideological spaces, symbolic and spiritual,
fulfilling at the same time the postulate of "the aura"
of the work of art through its individuality.
Maciej Stawinski, 2001
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