13 January 2007

Invited guest: Mikołaj Grynberg

Mikołaj Grynberg:
I’m currently focused on this project.
I have some photo-cycles from the past.
I’ve made several exhibitions. I’m having
2-3 exhibitions in the year time. I’m photographing
people for 18 years now. All that you can name a portrait.

Two years ago Mikolaj Grynberg started working on his project Many Women.
It started with a series of pictures of various women form the artist’s closest
titled Many Women-Warsaw. The photos were exhibited at a train
station in Rio de Janeiro.
Next to them the artist set up an ad hoc photo
atelier, to which he would invite
female passers-by. They thus became
subjects for the next photo-series.
The brasilian even was a happening,
the spectators were random passers-by,
journalists and invited guests.
The Central De Brasil show lead to creating another exhibit,

Many Women – Rio
, very different form the Polish sequence as it was
a photo-record
of random and unique encounters. Mikolaj Grynberg decided to continue and expand his project. In urban
spaces all around the world the artist repeats the scenario form
Rio de Janeiro: he shows the exhibit Many Women – Warsaw and
at the same time invites random local women to be photographed
on the spot. Within last four months Grynberg has finished a few
next, very successful parts of this project in Kiev /Ukraine/,
Mexico City /Mexico/ and Lima /Peru/.
Many Women is a testimony of emotions that occur during a unique
20 minute encounter between the artist and each of the photographed
women. Time from being noticed in the crowd to exposing the last of
12 film frames. Teasing curiosity, fascination, shyness, joy, pride,
melancholy, even anger and desire captured in a black and white
frame. Universal emotions, where geographical and political borders
vanish. The photos are made in b&w and are the lith prints.

invited by Joanna Kinowska
up to you: we're looking for a strong support to realize this
project in Sweden. Any ideas? The media patron of the project
is "Wysokie obcasy" magazine and the main support is from
the Promotional Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland.


ulf said...

I love the project
it´s a wonderful idea
and you have created some excellent
Thanks for showing!

jeanne said...

such beautiful portraits! I especially love the richness of the first two prints. Gorgeous work.

mats äleklint said...

Yes, wonderful photos and idea!

christofer said...

Wonderful and very intresting photos!

marcin said...

wow! I am really happy to see works of one of the best Polish contemporary photographers. Have no words...

Jacek Gasiorowski said...

be carefull, sometimes things doesn't not seems to be impressed, semetimes do...

f. skott said...

Wonderful pictures and a very interesting project. The first portrait is absolutly stunning!

darren said...

Beautiful and thought provoking work!

j. s-g. said...

Lots of grace in these portraits. Wonderful.