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Joanna Borowiec

A series of portraits “yesterday and today.” I wanted to capture the shift in time and changes which become apparent in people after several, a dozen, and several dozens of years. These changes are not limited to appearance as they refer to the personality and life of each person. Lines symbolize the cleavage between the past and the present.

The skin is the corporeal shell between what is our spiritual and material. The human body is subject to biological processes and also as a social phenomenon. It is also an intimate sentimental journey where one stops to focus on what really matters in life. The tear has a spiritual dimension, too. It was not my intention to seamlessly fit all parts of the face; various flaws are intentional; they make a metaphorical reference to human imperfections, transience and impermanence.

How works were created: Each photograph was crafted by hand. To assure higher quality and resolution, the photograph of the “past” retaken and later I made its print. The photograph of the “present” was taken at the turn of 2013 and 2016 and later its print was made. Two photographs were torn; elements were put together and attached to paper.

- Joanna Borowiec

Joanna Borowiec, a graduate of the European Academy of Photography in Warsaw, diploma thesis in the Creative and Expressive Photography Workshop. Member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF). Enthusiast of medium- and large-format analogue photography. Uses historic photographic processes like ambrotype - wet collodion technique, cyanotype. The main topic of her photos is humanistic photography, human. She has participated in individual and collective exhibitions at home and abroad, i.a. in Poland, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Canada, USA.

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