The international contemporary art fair, Frieze London will take place this weekend in Regent’s Park.
Over 160 of the world’s leading galleries aim to feature contemporary artists. The programme consists of different sections including Frieze Projects, Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Music, Frieze Talks, Focus and Live.
In the Southard Reid, Focus Section, one artist, Joanna Piotrowska from Warsaw, Poland stood to me. Here, Joanna reveals the sequence of movement. From researching and observing the stillness of being, it’s possible to capture credible moments with displayed objects and powerful photographs. Elements of unstable formation often appear in Piotrowska’s work. This was perhaps my favourite of all at the art fair.
My most recent project series entitled, Age Progression celebrates youth during their transition into adulthood.
From interviewing and photographing subjects, it was important to convey how our interests change as we grow older using everyday objects. Through that, I came up with themes for each photo, located settings for scenes and took stills of each person naturally as they continued activities according to their lifestyle.
Set in London after university days, the photo Candy to Cigarettes represents how interests can alter as one grows older. Instead of sucking on lollies, it became cigarettes. Things change over time. There are always moments of nostalgia. Still, the taste of strawberry and peach flavoured Chupa Chups alone brings back memories of childhood.
Andrei Valentin Adam, 25 from Romania highlighted in Soda to Alcohol said, “To drink or not to drink, that is the question?” This was a night out in Dublin with friends which went from a birthday dinner to a pub crawl through Temple Bar. When younger soda was always the exciting choice. Then as a young adult, your selection varies as we explore the different beverages at social engagements.
Ever notice everyone around you is always on the go normally with their mobile in hand. It can be annoying if you’re one of those people who likes to look up and around as you pace the city blocks. Standing still sometimes can be nice though since we’re constantly on the go. Krzysztof, 25 from Poland photographed in Phones to Cars recalled his childhood saying, “As long as I can remember I wanted to be faster than anyone. What else is better to experience than speed?” The photo was brought to life to portray the element of movement. He took a minute to have a go at someone on the phone instead of rushing off in his Mercedes. This is a moment before the rush hour, taken in the Flatiron/Gramercy district of New York.
Bilal Elsayed, 25 from Egypt featured in Playground to Sports is a moment most can relate to during the spring. That familiar place, a playground where you feel comfortable to walk, run, hide, seek before other hobbies develop. Bilal believes that, “Football allows a person to find their inner strengths and weaknesses as they build character on the pitch but it depends.” The idea was to display the transformation from youth to young adult. The fact that he has moved on but the playground will always linger there in the background. It was fun taking this picture because I had to time the frames right to avoid including small children running around at Twenty-Four Sycamores Park in New York.
As a child, we make friends from different walks of life. Most of us when younger believe it’s about the quantity and try to communicate with everyone. My great-grandmother, Elease Austin once told me, “if but one have a friend” while she held out her left hand to show a handful was enough. It’s over time that we learn it’s quality not quantity. Some friendships we maintain, others come and go as they are needed in our lives. Often the people meant to be there find a way to remain. Eventually those relationships over time can lead to love. Luckily, that’s what I found with my Australian boyfriend, James Andrews. The photo below was taken an hour before the London Underground was closing. It took about 17 minutes to set up the camera/tripod, wait until the station emptied and time the train’s arrival at Waterloo tube station in London.
This idea came about as a way to express how I felt about the current times, the way in which millennials are growing and moving towards certain things in life. Every photo has the themes presented such as time and speed around moments in life. Also notice that none of the subjects are making eye contact. This was done purposefully to make the viewer decide the level of emotion in the photo instead of what the subject was saying through their eyes. Each subject tells a story. The photos are meant to amuse and evoke thought for viewers to explore the possibility of what other parallels or transitions we make in life. At times, this even happens without us realizing. In all, the project represents age progression with key objects and close friends becoming characters of their own lives to depict what we all encounter, endure and escape.