December 21, 2010 - January 14, 2011
An exhibition of photographs from a workshop with Martin Lebioda, by Anas Dakak, Carmel Ghoul, Gharam Kiswani and friends. In cooperation with the Spafford Center
The search for and the finding of identity underlies what young adults do – they shape their own language, compete with each other and form cliché, they’re influenced by advertising and the media, they’re aimless at times and they have a personal, subjective, sometimes and even highly emotional perspective on the world they live in.
During the photography workshop “Diary” students adopted a way of conveying this conglomerate of emotions that others can follow and relate to – in the form of a photo – essay in their own (visual) language - a photographic diary of several days in their lives
Martin Lebioda was born in Tichau (Poland) in 1975. From 1997 to 2003 he studied photography at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. He drew his artistic attention and interest to countries such as Afghanistan, India, UAE, Africa and Palestine, which he visited several times to accomplish free and commercial photographic series. The photographs of Martin Lebioda neither match the reportage nor the conceptional documentary photography. On his journeys he is using a method called “dérive” (to wander, or to divert) and is referring to the French situationists of the fifties. Since 2007 he is working as a freelance photographer for print media and companies abroad.
Statement: Martin’s attention, his camera, is often directed at situations that in itself seem to be indecipherable. They are visible to the naked eye and yet elude or resist a deeper meaning. I believe that my images, arranged next to each other, have an accumulative effect and thus reveal their own grammar necessary to be legible.