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Uncontrolled Photography
February 27, 2015   
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Portraits and how they are produced are the subject of an exhibition by young Polish artist Grzegorz Stefański at the Lookout Gallery in Warsaw.

Stefański, who studies pop culture, takes on the classic concept of a portrait in a bid to deconstruct it while simultaneously creating a narrative about the relations between the artist and the people he or she portrays. The exhibition at the Lookout Gallery comprises Stefański’s visual-and-performance triptych from 2013 which takes its name, New Face, from one of its three constituent projects. The other two are Go-See and Stefański’s latest video, which employs the iconic theme of the three graces.

The featured projects come across as ascetic and realistic documentation endeavors compiled using portrait tools.

For Stefański, the circumstances of a photographic portrait being taken are an experimental space where the model’s role in the creative process is reconstituted. His projects, which have a strong performance flavor, start with familiar situations such as a model and a photographer in a studio or a neutral, passport-like photo being taken.

Stefański photographs and films young models and dancers whose job involves posing for the camera. In the process, he takes a step back to leave his models alone with the camera or in total darkness. The way he looks at them is deliberately mechanical, so he can capture each random and unplanned gesture.

Stefański, born in 1983, is a philosophy graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and he also graduated from the University of Arts in Poznań. He is currently studying at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. He has had his work exhibited in numerous solo and collective exhibitions, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Until March 31
Lookout Gallery; 41/22 Puławska St., ,kontakt@lookout.pl,
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