© Aneta Grzeszykowska, Jan Smaga

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Jan Smaga

Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "Aneta Grzeszykowska, Jan Smaga: Plan". The exhibition will include ten large-scale Lambda prints.

"Plan" is one of the most significant contemporary art projects to emerge from Poland. Over the course of two years, Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga created a series of ten highly unusual photographic prints: each piece documents the entirety of an apartment, including its occupants, from a normally unavailable perspective - from above. Hundreds of individual photographs are processed and merged using computers to produce the finished piece. In his essay on Grzeszykowska and Smaga's work, Marek Krajewski marvels at the "perfection, continuity, and completeness of representation - unimaginable in traditional photography".

The clinical detachment that seems, at first glance, to characterize the "Plan" series gives way to a fascinating sociological study of human domestic life. The viewer becomes not only a voyeur, but also an anthropologist, making new discoveries within each image the more it is studied from above. The dizzying complexity of daily existence is exposed, allowing us to recognize not only what makes us the same, but also that which makes us unique. Ultimately, this "X-ray of privacy" is "a simple story about life, which consists of an infinite amount of elements and details, as well as the sheer pleasure of perceiving them".

Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga were born in 1974 and graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. They both live and work in Warsaw, Poland.

Exhibition: March 10 - April 23, 2005
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 11am - 6pm

Robert Mann Gallery
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