formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series

formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series

Formafantasma and Joanna Piotrowska present Sub Rosa

 

From June 17 until December 22, 2022, ARCH Athens hosts ‘Sub Rosa’, a photography exhibition by artist Joanna Piotrowska and design studio Formafantasma. The concept behind the creation is fleshed out through the narration of the artist, recounting an incident that she experienced some years ago during a long journey with twists and turns. 

 

‘In 2015, I travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan. After a few days of exploring and photographing, I made my way to Agdam and later Stepanakert, where I was accused of spying and subjected to interrogations by local military police. After the interrogations, I was released and told I should continue taking photographs. Disturbed by the experiences of interrogations and knowing my every move was followed, I decided to censor myself and focus my attention on what, it seemed to me, was the only safe subject in a place of military conflict – the omnipresent roses,’ shared artist Joanna Piotrowska.

 

This unexpectedness has inspired the artist in a rose photo series flanked by ‘anti-frame’ framing devices, reflecting the emotionally distressing time she spent in that place. 

formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo seriesall images by Paris Tavitian

 

 

flanked by ‘anti-frame’ framing

 

Polish Artist Joanna Piotrowska has invited research-based studio Formafantasma to collaborate to materialize and translate this multilayered experience into artworks. Informed by the ambiguous qualities of the interrogation room, the result sees a sequence of unconventional frames that contain Piotrowska’s photographed roses.

 

The team utilized stainless steel devices, elements, materials, and forms spotted in interrogation rooms. This stern materiality adds a threatening tension to the pieces and enlivens the dynamics inherent in her story. The exhibition exudes a controversial dialogue between the pureness of roses and the severity of the memories in this austere interrogation room.

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formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series

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formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series

 

 

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formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series
 
formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series
 
formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series
 
formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series
 
formafantasma & joanna piotrowska incarnate ambiguous emotions into rose photo series
 

project info:

 

name: Sub Rosa

artists: Formafantasma and Joanna Piotrowska

concept and design: Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin
design and development: Jeroen Van De Gruiter, Ibrahim Kombarji

location: ARCH Athens, Gkoura 5, Athina 105 58, Greece

dates: June 17 – December 22, 2022

photography: Paris Tavitian

 

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