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March 28, 2017

Polish Artist Takes Corny American Photography and Manipulates It Into Something Surreal and Uncomfortable

Weronika Gesicka is a Polish artist, born in Włocławek, Poland. She has graduated from the graphics department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Academy of Photography. With her series entitled Unhappy Families, Gesicka diverts old vintage photos of American families, transforming the American Dream into surreal and twisted creations.

“The project is based on vintage photographs purchased from an image bank,” Gesicka told The Guardian. “Most of these photos came from American archives from the 1950s and 1960s.”

“Family scenes, vacation souvenirs, everyday life, suspended anywhere between truth and fiction. It is hard to figure out whether they are spontaneous or entirely staged. We know nothing of the actual ties between the individuals in the photographs; we can only guess at the truthfulness of their gestures and gazes.”

“I try to erase, as much as I can, the difference between an original image and my own alteration, creating a completely new history at the same time. These photos, modified in various ways, are wrapped in new contexts: our recollections of people and situations are transformed and gradually blur.”

(Images by Weronika Gęsicka, via The Guardian)


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