If photography is a question rather than it is an answer (as Roland Barthes wanted), then photography display and arrangement is like punctuation in a sentence. Therefore, images are a language without signs. In the XXI-st century that is a force with the same impact as gravity. An exhibition of contemporary art can be a spatial expression of life of pixels and an occasion to experience them in a limited time frame.
How and why such confrontation is relevant? Simply because life on Earth was designed by light. Therefore, it is only logical that we-humans, were perusing towards a technology that would allow us to fix the shadows and keep the light intact to tell us its stories whenever we want, wherever we are.
With the (r)evolution of digital technologies, now light via digital images is giving us insights into the history of greater things – like black holes – and smaller but any less significant, tiny stories of particles, genes and viruses. It also allows us to enter the intimate routine of one’s breakfast … Well, ‘all creation is a teacher’.
Keeping that in mind, if we created pixels, then what does it says about us? And how our exposure to this new consistency is changing us, our perception and physical vision?
Japanese contradictory reality (captured by Wojtek Wieteska), a unique mixture of traditional and modern, of past and present, of togetherness and singularity, release the tension of the task of untangling such questions. Here, paraphrasing Lewis Carroll, nothing is like it is and everything is what it isn’t: a surface becomes an entry, a pattern becomes a landscape, a point of view questions the order.
We are always one gaze away from a thought that will change our life.
This text is a curational foreward for Paradise 101 project which took place firstly at Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Cracow, Poland. Secondly, presented at Music Forum in Wrocław, Poland. In 2022 it will be on display in in Warsaw. Venue soon to be revealed.
Project supported and produced with Fujifilm Poland using Fujifilm cameras and photography papers.
Top image: Paradise 101 exhibition at Museum Manggha in Cracow, Poland. Artworks by Wojtek Wieteska, arrangement by Ania Diduch (priv magazine).