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Zofia Kulik

An Image as Part of the Whole

Zofia Kulik

An Image as Part of the Whole

For many years I have been creating a photographic archive of images. 
Only its small part can be found in my collages. In a complex composition simple photos lose their photographic ‘identity’ and individuality. They are subordinated to the external whole.
This arrangement is a network of relations between images on various subjects and of a different scale. This exhibition will present both the WHOLE compositions and the photographic ELEMENTS which make them. The selection does not include photographs of the model from the "Archive of Gestures" series (where the model in the most photographs is Zbigniew Libera, and sometimes Robert Rumas). In many comments about my photocollages the sentence repeats, that my works are created with hundreds of images. This is the impression the viewers get. This exhibition is a demonstration how a few elements can be enough to make a complex composition. The impression of variety is an effect of multiple exposures of the negatives. I use neither the scissors and glue nor digital manipulation when making a collage. They are born in a darkroom under the light of a photographic enlarger. A strict, general plan is particularly important for a composition. It is essential to choose and scale the selected pictures so that they could form tense relationships, either through contrast or rhythmical cooperation. All these together with the work’s title are used in my artistic expression on contemporary subjects that are rooted in history.

Zofia Kulik

Born 1947 in Wrocław, Poland. Lives and works in Warsaw (Łomianki).
From 1965 to 1971, she studied at the Sculpture Department of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. After her graduation, Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek formed the artistic duo KwieKulik. In their private apartment in Warsaw, the duo set up an independent gallery called the Studio of Activities, Documentation and Propagation (PDDiU), in the frame of which an archive of polish art from the 70s and 80s was created. Since 1987 Kulik has been working individually, creating black-and-white photomontages, using multiple exposures of negatives on photo paper through precisely cut masks. She creats also objects, installations and films.