Katarzyna Laskus-Stwora / Oxygen / within the artist residency
Oxygen / within the artist residency
Presentation of the project
24.08.2023 / 6 p.m.
Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art
Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka / ul. Zaruskiego 1a
Kuratorka / Weronika Teplicka
The project ‘Oxygen’, which is a continuation of the production ‘Adapted Towns’, ‘Urban Landscape – Nowa Huta’, ‘Urban Landscape – Kraków’ will explore the possibilities of analogue and digital photography in urban space. Having collected for years memories and traces related to key places intertwined with my life and the life of my family, I pay attention to the changeability of landscape and the memory of locations that no longer exist and are doomed to be forgotten. During the implementation of the project, I referred to the image of Ustka held by tourists as a health resort, a remedy for overexertion and a longing for relaxation and a simple lifestyle. It will also reflect on the search for places where unpolluted air is still available, because breathing is a basic function of life. I will show the contrast between the feelings of the inhabitants of Ustka and Krakow during the ongoing tourist season, when for the autochthons the “time of rest” becomes a time of intensive work. My meetings with the local community will turn into conversations about places, favourite zones accompanying the most important moments of their existence. I will make spontaneous portraits in landscapes of their choice, contrasting them with portraits inspired by the aesthetics of photography from so-called photo booths. (Katarzyna Laskus-Stwora)
Katarzyna Laskus-Stwora (born in 1980) – degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. She works with autobiographical and conceptual photography. She conducts educational activities in the field of traditional and digital photographic images. She has participated in exhibitions at home and abroad. She is the winner of many photographic competitions. She is the author of the Portfolio blog as an archive realised within the framework of the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2016, she was accepted as a member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers. Participant of the meetings of the Author’s Laboratory of Photography in Wrocław.
Photo / Kalina Markiewicz