Our existing in the world without abilities to remember is in fact impossible. But human memory is ephemeral. Its stability depends mostly on our psychophysical condition and events which touch us. Some things we throw away from it but some we treasure by making them come back. However, in the course of time “pictures of the past” kept in memory become weaker and often different. Next experiences deepen our tendency to overbuild meanings and to forget, to distract what used to be important. Lost in new impulses, slowly we move our attention to the present or the future. When we stand alone in front of a mirror of our memory, the reality seems to us as a kind of welter, which not always can be got right by ourselves. In this chaotic process of disintegration of memories we do not have to be helpless. We can refer to photography. Stefan Wojnecki writes: Similarity of a photo picture to an optic one, in terms of structure and stability of the first one, lets compare it to personal memory. A photo picture as an external memory is more reliable than a mnemonic one in our mind because there are not processes which lead to declines or supplements in a content of a picture. So can photography have a function of remembering time – the things which have happened – which have formed us personally and us as a society? Is a picture really constant and trustworthy? These and other issues connected with “Memory of Time” are covered in the presented projects by the artists from Forum Fotografii i Multimediów: Janina Cynkiel, Grzegorz Jarmocewicz, Radosław Krupiński, Agnieszka Ostrowska, Aleksandra Śmigielska, Ewa Woroniecka.
The curator of the exhibition