Michał Szalast from the book Hotel
Krzysztof Gołuch’s photographs from the Hotel series show the work of disabled people while reflecting on human destiny. The static figures in the photos seem to be frozen in time. Nobody is running here, nobody is in a hurry, nobody is struggling with the passing time. The unhurried work, emersed in colour and drenched in light, has no end. We won’t find anything superfluous here, just clean composition built by colour. In order to draw our attention to the world of disability, the artist deploys a number of formal effects, reminiscent of the work of Edward Hopper. With the pure colours filling a large proportion of the image, the Hopperesque realism of Krzysztof Gołuch’s photographs is equally powerful as that of the painter himself. All of this seems to be set within a space where time has lost all meaning. As Professor Vladimír Birgus describes the Hotel photographs, the artist, through clean, contrived compositions, balances on the border between classic documentary and staged photography.
Krzysztof Gołuch – Polish photographer and educator born in Ruda Śląska in Upper Silesia. He graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, the Czech Republic. Currently, a doctoral student at the Silesian University in Opava. Focused on documentary photography, he completes long-term projects. His work revolves around the problems of human existence, especially the lives of people with disabilities. Krzysztof Gołuch is a member of the Polish Union of Art Photographers, author of the photo book ‘Every Seventh One.’ In 2017, he was decorated by Pope Francis with a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. Winner of photo competitions: first prize in the EU ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ competition for students of art universities (representing the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava), twice awarded a Grand Press Photo Award – in 2021 for a single photograph in the ‘Everyday Life’ category, and in 2018 for his ‘Hotel’ series. He has also had his work exhibited abroad, including at festivals: Trasphotographiques in Lille, Photo Saint Germain in Paris, Month of Photography in Bratislava, Photokina in Cologne, Prague Photo, European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. Krzysztof Gołuch lives and works in Knurów in Upper Silesia. He has been working with disabled people at a local Caritas centre for several decades.
Sleńdzińskis’ Gallery, 5 Wiktorii Street - exhibition available until 19.09.2021