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September 28, 2016

 

 

 

 

For their second series of work Anastasia Fugger and Carolina Pimenta present [gone] POLAND. Whilst their first series was mainly focused on the nature of borders and cultures in Mexico, Fugger and Pimenta’s second series studies the entanglement between religion and state in architectural and social practices in post-war Poland.

 

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“When in Trouble, Pray to God”, is a sound and photographic installation, which consists of a visual study of 20 churches. The two artists noticed a strong link between the tumultuous historic past of the country and its architecture, they were particularly taken by the impact of 40 years of Soviet domination on the structures of modernist churches in the urban and rural parts of the country.

 

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The duo’s collage piece BLOKI, is a moment of reflection and observation on the development of Polish public housing structures. This piece represents with irony the uniform and colourful designs, which were built during the Communist era in order to provide large quantities of affordable housing, seeking to create a "collectivistic nature" in people, while finding new symbolic expressions of Modernism. This digitally collaged work reflects the complex history of the country and the political unease to this day present in its society.

 

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The rest of the photographic work is always paired and juxtaposes the different perspectives of the artist duo. The tones and colours used by the artists are reminiscent of those they found throughout their journey in Polish cities and peripheries. Sized, framed and selected with the utmost attention to detail, the photographic series presented by Fugger and Pimenta is a celebration of their experience of a country still coming to terms with its identity, many times disrupted by changing borders and wartime.

 

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Tackling subjects such as society, politics and spirituality through photography and new experimental mediums, Fugger and Pimenta elevate themselves to accomplished artists that pushed their practice into a visual exploration that intends to promote discussion or mere reflection on Poland’s cultural characteristics in a multitude of contexts.

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- Giulia Campaner Mendes

 

 

 


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