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I like you, I like you a lot is a personal work about family and the experience of death and mourning. It responds to the tragic loss of the photographer’s 13-year-old brother Maks, who drowned while on a scout’s trip in 2008 in Poland. The images show the sequence of events in the aftermath of the tragedy. The camera became a shield protecting against the brutal reality of a helpless situation. The deceased brother and his closest friends formed a small group. Dressed in uniforms of American soldiers, they would play in Silesian landscapes reminiscent of paintings by Caspar David Friedrich. Communism ended in 1990 when Poland opened its borders to a flood of Western products and ideals. Maks and his friends were the first generation to grow up under that changing culture. The camera witnesses how they were enthralled by Western and especially American archetypes.
We learn from the text of Olivier Richon: “Kafka and Friedrich have been called upon as cultural off frames that inform my reading of “I like you, I like you a lot”, opening and closing the visual narrative in the manner of two book ends. A writer and a painter, both from central Europe. Here, photography is a narrative form predicated upon the restful silence of images – the silence of a crypt. It is a reliquary of sorts that uses the camera as a container that preserves images. The photographs are these visual relics that articulate an aesthetic and emotional relation to loss. They follow a structure of disavowal, what Freud called Verleugnung, which achieves a compromise wherein the memory of the departed is conserved and abandoned. To accept the verdict of reality and yet to maintain a belief in the existence of the departed through the photograph as a relic. The photograph as a relic is a frozen moment reminiscent of the arrested motion of baroque art, an art that flourished in Silesia. But these photographs are not just relics, they are also works of art with a haunting off frame.”
The book was published with texts by Thomas Frangenberg (1957 – 2018), who is not only a specialist for renaissance paintings and sculpture but also a collector of conceptual art, and Olivier Richon (born 1956), a Swiss photographer residing in London. He is a Professor at the Royal College of Art.
About - Alicja Dobrucka (b. 1985 in Poland) is a photographer based in London and Mumbai. In 2010, she received the coveted Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award and Grant for Photography. In 2016, she received the INPHA Award from Manifest in Ohio. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is in collections such as the Wienerberger Collection, Vienna, the Krakow Museum of Photography, the Paul Smith Collection, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, and the Space118 Collection, Mumbai. www.alicjadobrucka.com
I like you, I like you a lot by Alicja Dobrucka . Texts by Thomas Frangenberg, Olivier Richon . Design by Alicja Dobrucka & Kehrer Design (Anja Aronska) . Hardcover with a dust jacket . 19.2 x 24 cm . 128 pages, 61 color ills., English . ISBN 978-3-86828-946-6 . EUR 38.00
09.09.2019 // show complete article
“The connections between the images are essential to my work. How the images affect each other and what kind of relationships they create among one another. I try to trace this emerging ‘third image’ between two or several images; the various combinations of images compose different interpretations; it is like uncovering new thoughts,” says Anni Leppälä.
Her oeuvre is derived from memories, loss, longing, and early adolescence, seeking for an experience of connection and closeness but also for the act of recognizing something vaguely familiar through the images. Photographs transform their subjects and evoke a feeling of sudden recognition that is not visible on the surface. The connections between the images are essential for Anni Leppälä’s work. The narrations are not linear but can proceed in various directions and dimensions, reflected in the thought-through design of the book (design: Anni Leppälä, Tuomo Rainio, Liisa Seppo).
“My works do not consist of separate series, but the recent images expand the already existing entity of works. This starting point also conveys the situation of photographing. I look for elements of the visible reality that could be recognized as conveyors of a certain experience or atmosphere and that could also create connections to already existing images.”
Anni Leppälä (b.1981) lives and works in Helsinki. She studied photography at the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences (BA) and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (MA). Her works have been exhibited internationally since 2006, including group exhibitions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Les Rencontres d ́Arles in France, and Scandinavia House in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions have been at the Turku Art Museum, Galerie les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. In 2010, she was awarded the Finnish Young Artist of the Year art award, and Tampere Art Museum presented the first comprehensive museum exhibition of her work and published a book of her photographs. Her works are included in collections of institutes in Finland such as the Finnish Museum of Photography, Kiasma Museum of ContemporaryArt, EMMA Museum of Modern Art and international collections such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, Teutloff Collection and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. www.annileppala.fi
Softcover brochure 16.5 x 24 cm, 128 pages, 71 color illustrations, ISBN 978-3-86828-942-8 2019
03.09.2019 // show complete article
As a wonderful coffee table book this week, we recommend 'Petrus' by Francesca Catastini, appearing at Kehrer Publishing. This at first glance seemingly incoherent collection of photos of beautiful objects opens up a second perspective when you read the intention of the photographer. Francesca Catastini (*1982) studied Photography and Visual Design (MA) at the NABA in Milan and has already exhibited internationally. We bring you a sneak peek at the book here on GoSee, and more is available on Vimeo.
“Petrus reflects on a certain rhetoric of masculinity in Western culture.” says Kehrer Publishing, and continues: “It is about the human drive to define ourselves and the world through a definite form. Form is never stable though. It is the ever-changing result of a never-ending tension between forces pushing from within and pressures coming from without. Through a cynical, tender, and arbitrary analysis of what probably cannot be sliced and diced, Francesca Catastini plays with archetypes and images considering the way they sculpt ourselves and shape our views. Looking for subtle discrepancies, her images go beyond their figurative meaning in order to activate new analogies and connotations.”
Text from Francesca Catastini: “Dear Petrus, I named you after a bottle. A dark one, with a red cap. The bottle of liquor advertised during the 80s as the perfect drink for the the strong man. The man living according to nature. But what is nature? When I met Albrecht it was hot. I had been to the quarry that day. He was spending his holidays in his former home. The kind of holidays that are not real. Just before leaving, he gave me the keys to his place and asked me to take photos of it. Albrecht liked the idea of having some memories to look at when away. The house was empty and not. Halfway between the habitual and a certain sense of putting life on hold. Going away with no goodbye just to come back and then leave again. I found his things there. I had never seen them before, but I thought I kind of knew: objects belonging to the schoolboy, the footballer, the student, the smoker, the musician, the believer, the husband, the engineer, and the teacher. Albrecht in a suit. The construction of a form.”
07.08.2019 // show complete article