Album - Aneta Grzeszykowska
Grzeszykowska is interested in photography's role in creating human identity. In Album, she used her own family photos, collected over the course of thirty years. With the help of Photoshop, she erased her own figure from each one of them. In this way, she created a documentation of her entire life, without, however, the main protagonist.
The piece was first shown at the Raster Gallery in Warsaw, in a customized space resembling an apartment interior. During the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006), the piece was displayed in a private apartment in Auguststrasse.
In Album, most striking are the empty spaces in the photographs – where the artist's body used to be. Sometimes, they are immediately noticeable, as the photographs appear strangely incomplete – like in the case of the image in which a nude man embraces empty space, when he kisses the air, or when there is a distinct gap in a row of school children. The images in which Grzeszykowska had been photographed next to her parents or husband, appear confusing and unnatural without her figure.Culture.pl