Ph.D. final installation, 42m²
digital photography (banners and slide-shows)
self-designed pillows (40x40cm)
real furniture from the ’70s
advisor: dr hab. Zdzisław Mackiewicz
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
This final Ph.D. project was a reflection on our relations with various objects collected and kept at home.
Everyday objects develop new meanings through their long-term relations with owners. These meanings change as people change during their lives. What we eventually see are objects, but in our minds, they become something more: astonishing reservoirs of memories and the most amazing stories of individuals.
A reflection on material culture, memories, individual life stories, society, and history became the most important aspect of my Ph.D. project. Myself, I have collected hundreds of photographs of old-fashioned apartments and houses. Then I used some of them to create an archetypical interior built out of printed images attached to wooden construction. Four video streams projecting on 3 walls of the installation and on a coffee table gave an impression of passing time. The space made of and at the same time filled with both printed and real items became a metaphorical temple of human memories. When entering the installation, one’s memory was stimulated. At the same time, intimate and touching stories were invited into space full of visitors.