Foto-Medium-Art Gallery has the honour of inviting you to the opening night of Photo Épinglée, an individual exhibition by Teresa Tyszkiewicz. The vernissage, attended by the artist, is held in the gallery, on the 17th of September, at 6 pm. Teresa Tyszkiewicz, whose creative beginnings go back to the 70s, is one of the most interesting contemporary artists.
Photographs and films presented at the exhibition have been created over the last three decades. What connects all the works is the figure of the artist herself, put in the middle of nearly every piece. Both films and photographs are mainly records of impromptu actions, not prepared thoroughly beforehand. In each of them, the lens of a camera remains the only witness of the artistic creation. In this way, the works gain a dimension close to an intuitive ritual which shows various mental states of the spied on subject. The medium becomes a viewfinder facilitating the insight into the real, intimate creation. The artist reveals human nature while constantly putting on new, more surprising costumes which evoke different mental characteristics and personality traits. Presented works show states of euphoria, exposure of aggression and excruciating pain or the game of deception.
Motives present in the works of Teresa Tyszkiewicz can be related to the contemporary iconosphere, from which the artist draws, and which she uses in order to process its primordial structure and application. This motives, thus, become sophisticated instruments of torture or unique fetishes. The artist experiences visually attractive objects with pleasure (Hooves, 1980). From time to time, she immerses herself in soft and safe substance so deeply that the borderline between the carnality and inorganic matter ceases to be recognizable (Cottonwool, 1980, Feathers, 1980). While „performing the rituals”, the artist gives magical attributes to ordinary objects, such as a lamp or a pair of stockings (Day after Day, 1980). Neither does she avoid political or religious references, which she analyses on the level of an individual experience (Image and Games, 1980). Yet the works of Teresa Tyszkiewicz are, above all, the records of emotional states of human consciousness – transformations of the encountered reality.
Teresa Tyszkiewicz – since the late 70s she has participated in the Foto-Art movement. At the turn of the 70s and 80s, the artist devoted herself to making authorial films. She created, among others, Day after day (1980), Grain (1980), Breath (1981) and Image and Games (1981) as well as, together with Zdzisław Sosnowski, Permanent Position (1978) and The Other Side (1980). Pins are the constant element appearing in different variants in the artist’s work: stuck into a thin layer of paper or thick structure of canvas, compiled with soldered metal mesh and, during the last few years, also contrasted with the image of the artist’s face. Since 1982, the artist lives and works in Paris. Her art have been showcased at many collective and individual exhibitions, e.g. in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Warsaw, New York, and Paris. Her works are also part of many museum collections such as Fondation Camille, Musée Ville de Paris, Musée Bohin in Paris and private collections (France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States).
The exhibition will be open for viewing till the 30th of October, 2010.
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