Grzegorz Przyborek, from the Civilizations series
Grzegorz Przyborek, Utopia I
Silence is most gratifying in solitude, in concentration, in reverie. It increases mental freedom, liberates us from the nervous hive mentality. A state of inner tranquillity is achieved in a Nomad-like journey through life, with no stops or returns. So, remembering my teachers, I keep traveling in silence.
Grzegorz Przyborek takes advantage of the most important and unique features of photography – the credibility of the medium and the illusion of space. Photography is the transfer of this space into an image. It is often a visual play in which the viewer is encouraged to seek the truth of the photographed staging. For Przyborek, photography acts as a documentation of previously staged images. It is a pure registration of what has occurred in front of the camera. He has never used any photomontage or computer manipulation. Photography for him has become a vision of the world, often more real than literal everyday reality.
The exhibition “Silence” („Cisza”) is a comprehensive presentation of Grzegorz Przyborek’s artistic oeuvre, a praise of mindfulness and focus on the present moment. The exhibition outlines the path the author took to find his own language in art, and it was a journey leading from printmaking, through photographic exploration of the existing reality, pushing the boundaries of documentarism, involving photography in the creative process itself – sympathizing with assemblage, up to staging in the broad sense. The artist’s extensive body of work represents a rare combination of skills originating from different areas of visual arts. In addition to photographs from the most important series from the author’s nearly 50 years of creative work, we present selected drawings, prints, objects constructed for the camera frame, as well as independent installations.
Being in contact with Grzegorz Przyborek’s artwork, in which the arrangement and order of the composition lead to aesthetic pleasure, can be felt like relief after a long scream. The inherent calmness of the author’s works, bearing its structural weight, creates space for the resounding of emotions and the message that the photographs do not directly convey. In the compositions we find a non-physical, non-acoustic silence, associated with moments of achieving the harmony necessary to organize and order other sensory impressions. The artist stands out for his recognizable aesthetics and coherence of the visual language – private codes related to personal experiences of reality, where to photograph means to give importance.
“Silence” by Grzegorz Przyborek was created with the support of Fotofestiwal as part of a series of exhibitions presenting outstanding artists from the Lodz art scene. In 2021, a retrospective exhibition of Andrzej Rozycki was presented in the same series.
Meeting with the author and curator of the exhibition will be held on 23rd June 2023 (Friday), 18:00 | tickets: 8 PLN