Shelves [2009]

digital photography
10 digital prints, 120x40cm
Ph.D. program
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Both “Shelves” and “Pillows” are parts of my Ph.D. project called “The Autonomy of Everyday Items”. The inspiration came both from my research within the field of material culture and profound observation of our intimate relations with items.

People develop themselves through their sophisticated relations with everyday objects. The best spots to notice and understand these relations are their apartments and houses. At home, we collect and accumulate all the items that are for some reasons important to us. Why is it so? Probably because stories and memories stick to objects and remind us constantly about the past. We can certainly say that everyday items are marked by both cultural and individual experiences, and this is why they play such a significant role in our lives.

Photography gives us an opportunity to look at such relations from a different perspective. “Shelves” and “Pillows” are not only images of concrete objects that we all know very well. They are also autonomous items, which allow us to cross the border of a private/intimate space of an individual.