Project tells a story of an eternal, heavenly feeling forced into a cruel, temporary world and of two Uzbek rivers which according to the legend have their source in Paradise.
Paradise Rivers is a project based on a story of author’s great-grandparents – Polish Jews who fled from Poland to Uzbekistan in 1939, in the atmosphere of an antisemitic campaign. It tells a story of an eternal, heavenly feeling forced into a cruel, temporary world and of two Uzbek rivers which according to the legend have their source in Paradise. As a result of human activities these rivers began to dry up which led to the drying of the Aral Sea, socio-ecological catastrophe and extinction of many species.
The story also touches on the theme of durability and capacity of human-made images that are able to give a testimony and to connect us with the lost world but at the same time disappear and are subject to passing of time. Aware of cruelty and temporariness Światły believes in eternity and in photography. Paradise Rivers are going to be published in a photobook form that is going to be a kind of confession of this faith and a record of the photographic investigation.
Krzysztof Światły (1988, Wrocław) is a visual artist and photographer. He used to work as a music journalist for Polish Radio and main Polish newspapers and after graduating from the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Wrocław he began to work as a translator. He studied photography at OPT under Filip Zawada, Krzysztof Solarewicz and Arnau Vidal Cascalló. In 2016 his work “Voyager Golden Heartbreak” was exhibited as a part of the group exhibition “On the road” at TIFF Festival. The same year he self-published his first photobook “Closer”. From 2018 he has been working on his second book “Paradise Rivers” with Sputnik Photos. In 2019 he had his first solo exhibition “The Fogcatcher” in Tętno gallery in Wrocław accompanied by a zine published by 8991publishing. Currently he is working on a project for SÅM Lessinia as a part of an artistic residency in Italy. In his work he explores themes such as visual memory, photography itself, time and eternity, elements and myths, bonds, body and desire.
Location: Dom Literatury, 17 Roosevelt Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM-18:00 PM and during two weekends: 15.06-16.06 i 29-30.06: 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
Curatorial tour: 29.06, 3:00 PM