exhibition – photography – installations
5 June–29 August 2021
National Forum of Music
plac Wolności 1
curator: Ania Diduch
Large-format photographs, cinematographic images and original objects arranged in space emphasize the non-obvious boundaries between photography, film and architecture, and at the same time pose questions about the future of storytelling through recorded and digitally created images.
With the Paradise 101 project, Wojtek Wieteska summarizes a series of photographs and cinematographic images inspired by the reality of Japan at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, Zen culture and the Eastern culture of visual narratives, which Roland Barthes called ‘The Empire of Signs’ and David Hockney called the ‘perspective of changing points of view’.
Paradise 101 is an unprecedented interference in the interior of the National Forum of Music. Image and architecture create an integral experience perceived by more than one sense. All photos are shown without frames, in the form of installations that can be viewed from different directions and sides: the viewer himself sets the pace, the order of viewing and discovering the relationship between the images. As you move inside the NFM, these relationships continue to change.
A total of 280 photos taken in Japan between 1991 and 2019 will be presented. Sound and film installations were created in 2020.
The photos were produced on FujiFilm Maxima and FujiFlex Crystal Archive paper in the following formats: 127x360cm and 50x250cm.
The project was created in cooperation with the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków in 2020-2021, where it was originally shown.
The opening of the exhibition at the NFM will be accompanied by a concert of electronic music for cameras and lenses performed by Łukasz Szałankiewicz, which will take place on June 7 at 6 pm in the form of online streaming. Parallel to the live music composed on the inside walls of the NFM foyer, film shots will be projected showing the Japanese landscape recorded by Wojtek Wieteska in 2019. Fujifilm Polska is the event’s partner.
Wojtek Wieteska – artist, doctor of visual arts and lecturer with twenty years of experience. Since 2021, he has been associated with the School of Form as part of SWPS in Warsaw. His works have been exhibited at: Manggha Center of Japanese Art and Technology (Kraków), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), Yours Gallery (Warsaw), Atlas Sztuki Gallery (Łódź), Warsaw Uprising Museum, Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw.
Ania Diduch – art historian, exhibition curator, longtime cultural journalist specializing in the field of design.
Łukasz Szałankiewicz (Zenial) – sound artist, member of the Polish Association of Electroacoustic Music and the Polish Society of Contemporary Music. In his work, he focuses both on the musical and the visual spheres. His artistic activity also focuses on interactive installations.