Dymchuk Gallery presents the exhibition “Confusion” by the photographer Weronika Gęsicka. For the first time in Ukraine, works of the modern Polish author were shown in April during the international photo festival Odesa Photo Days 2019 in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Now, with the support of the Culture Bridges program, Polish Institute in Kyiv and Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the exhibition will be shown in Kyiv.
At first glance, the works by Weronika Gęsicka from the series Traces look like idyllic portraits of the American dream: happy families, lovers of couples, funny, happy parties. However, in a moment it becomes clear, that something is wrong with all these people.
Thanks to the spectacular digital processing of American photographs of the 1950s-60s, Weronika Gęsicka creates confusion. It not only doubts the presented scenes, but also asks the viewers about family relationships or their absence, about identity, loneliness and needs – regardless of the time and place in which we live.
The second part of the exhibition consists of selected photographs of eloquent objects from the series Collection. Hair comb, chopper, mop and other items of everyday use, documented by Gęsicka, are closely related to the author’s personal experience. However, for the viewer they are impersonal, which creates a universal struggle with different kinds of stereotypes, phobias, fears and fetishes.
One cannot look at the work of Weronika Gęsicka neutrally: it attracts attention with extremely accurate photomontage and carefully crafted objects. At the same time, the author leaves the viewer in reflection, provokes to embed himself in her history.
Within the framework of the exhibition on July 26 in Dymchuk Gallery, an artist talk with Weronika Gęsicka and curators of the Confusion exhibition will be held by Magia Tsylyukh and Katarzyna Sagatovsky.