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Aneta Grzeszykowska works with photographs as one would with an archive. Her projects, chiefly photographic ones, are never simple sequences, but rather advanced manipulations in art history and ontology. She parodies classic photographic series, such as Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, merges images to create portraits of nonexistent people (Portraits, 2006), and collects family photographs to then erase her own image from them (Album, 2005). She also explores the themes of corporeality, visibility, and invisibility in cinematic pieces. She holds a graphic arts degree from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1999, she has collaborated with Jan Smaga. Her works have been shown at the Berlin Biennale (2006) and the Heidelberger Kunstverein (2010).
Jan Smaga is not only a photographer but also a creative explorer of the photographic medium itself. He stresses the medium’s conventional and flexible nature, sometimes treating it in the classic manner and sometimes opting for a more creative approach, that utilises digital montage. How does three-dimensionality, of architecture in particular, translate into the flat photographic image? Smaga ponders this question and others in his work. At the same time, his compositions are formally perfect. Working in a duo with Aneta Grzeszykowska, the artist has developed an interesting technique, based on digital manipulations, which makes his photographs look like scanned pictures (Plans, 2001-2003, YMCA, 2005). From 1994-1999, Smaga studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.