Am 1. Juni 2020 habe ich an einer Instagram-Kampagne der US-Künstlerin Judy Chicago und der Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, USA) und den Serpentine Galleries (UK) teilgenommen.

Bei Create art for the earth geht es darum, darauf aufmerksam zu machen, dass der Mensch für die zahlreichen Veränderungen auf unserem Planeten (darunter den Klimawandel) mitverantwortlich ist. Ich habe dafür das Motiv Here I stand ausgewählt. Es handelt sich dabei um ein Foto aus der Serie The magic has arrived aus dem Jahr 2017. Die Arbeit im materiellen Sinne – also der Originalfotoabzug unter Acrylglas – entstand im Mai 2020 eigens für diese Kampagne und wurde von dem Fotolabor Whitewall produziert.

Viel Spaß beim Schauen!

 

My photographs mainly depict landscapes in my home region in the north of Poland. They only seemingly avoid the human context because all landscapes are a part of human culture. Humankind exerts a tangible impact on nature and wildlife, unfortunately, more often than  not, by manipulating and destroying it, yet humankind unquestionably is a guest of this planet. The socio-political concepts of humankind are all attempts to control specific parts of our surroundings but will inevitably be outlived by the continuity of life on this planet.

My works have intentionally been stripped of any geopolitical context which is why it’s not easy to date them. This is my way of raising awareness of nature and wildlife that exist irrespectively of national territories and the language(s) there spoken.

My home village and the lands surrounding it used to be part of Germany before the Second World War. After they became a part of Poland, the people settling here would refer to it as the post-German lands. Bearing in mind the larger context, it is evident that all creatures on earth constitute vital links between the “pre-something” and the “post-something”. All beings on earth are carriers of life with the potential to convey it further like a torch.

For its own species, every being ─ whether horse or human ─ comes as one but stands as 10,000.
And we have no idea just how many there may be in times to come.

With this awareness, how could one possibly blow someone’s torch out?

Life matters.