In the past hair was identified with the soul. Hair as the object of the exhibition becomes a tool with which to measure time. Understood as the framework for life, be it real or fictional, hair is a tool for shaping the form of corporeal coexistence. It delineates the area of our corporeality and the physical boundaries of our existence. The hybrid tangles are frozen reflections of emotional states and passions. Ariadne is a cycle of symbolic portraits.
Ariadne revolves around the concept of estrangement and alienation. It is inspired by the ritual of cutting hair. It reflects a sense of emigration and entangled displaced identity, objects and people. Emigration is not just a state of affairs, but a state of mind. We rarely we think about something natural, an integral part of a portrayed subject, is only a product of the process of time. Hair become the form of the portrait and a tool for measuring time. Hair is understood as a framework for life, whether it is real or fictional tool for shaping rituals and life events, or a physical form of coexistence. It marks the frame of our everyday life’s carnality, and simultaneously marks our own physical boundaries. Hair reinforces and represents a diverse background and emotional states. Ariadne is a cycle of symbolic portraits. The hair is a memory of our experience that builds the ornament and creates a thread leading to the roots, in search of their own identity.
The exhibition is based on white. The Apricot is a typical white cube. The only accents are dark, saturated tangles, set centrally in the presented pictures, which allows them to adopt the form of sign. Stopped in their motionlessness they evoke the impression of a sacred place.
Apricot Gallery, Rag Factory, London
Kunstraum B, Kiel
Project in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute in London