Creative - NOMINEE: Ewa Doroszenko
The Promise of Sublime Words
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Sophisticated editing tools, popular beauty apps, computer games are shifting our perception of what beauty is. We try to categorize and compartmentalize our world in oppositions: there is the digital and there is the physical; there is the nature and there is the culture. In actuality, none of these elements can exist in a singular fashion. New technologies reveal previously unknown layers of the image. The classical beauty drifting in virtual space starts to live their own life, loses quality, multiplies without limits, travels, and often finds new owners.
The project I started during the course of my doctoral studies in the field of visual arts when I was preparing for the final exam in art history. During my research, I discovered many old books of popular sculptures from Antique to Classicism. To spice the process of repetition, I began preparing photographs connected with discussed topics.
My aim was to show selected statues as objects, which arouse ambiguous associations. I tried to distort the usual view of sculptures and finally destabilize a natural sense of order. Key in my body of work was the process of experimentation. I have employed many methods of image making: taking photographs of textbook illustrations, printing the photographs, physically manipulating the prints, placing them in a tableau, taking photographs of the scene, and then digitally editing those photos. On the one hand, the cycle draws on my private fascinations and on the other, it is a reflection on the usage of photographic material in post-internet times.
Ewa Doroszenko (b. 1983) is a Warsaw-based artist whose creative practice employs a mixture of painting, photography, and digital media. She earned a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. Her artistic practice is characterized by the innovative use of digital manipulation, together with the classic photographic medium and traditional painting. In her current works, she deals with contemporary issues, especially the meaning of the image in technological reality and the fluidity of feminine beauty standards.
Doroszenko is a scholarship holder from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland (2019) and a winner of many international competitions, including Competition for the Fait Gallery Preview (2016); Young Lynxes Portfolio Competition – Contemporary Lynx (2018); DEBUTS 2018 – doc! photo magazine (2018); Debut – Lithuanian Photographers Association (2018). She is a beneficiary of many residency programs, including Petrohradska Kolektiv in Prague (2018), Klaipeda Culture Communication Center (2017), Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz (2016), The Island-resignified in Lefkada (2015), Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik (2015), AAVC Hangar in Barcelona (2014). Ewa Doroszenko presented her works in numerous venues, among others: Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Historic Centre of Athens, Vilnius Photography Gallery, MAH - Museum of Angra do Heroismo on the Azores, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, Fait Gallery in Brno, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin, FIESP Cultural Center – Ruth Cardoso in Sao Paulo.