On 1st June 2020, I took part in an Instagram campaign launched by artist Judy Chicago as well as the Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, USA) and the Serpentine Galleries (UK).

The aim of the Create art for the earth campaign was to raise awareness for humankind’s responsibility for the many changes on our planet.  I have decided to present Here I stand, a photograph from the The magic has arrived series taken in 2017 in my home village. The work, however (original photo print under acrylic glass) has been produced in May 2020 by Whitewall.
Take a look!

 

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.