NOTES ON SPACE
Curated by Tytus Szabelski
“Notes on Space” virtual exhibition dedicated to the relations between people and the material environment around them opened online on August 20, 2020.
“Notes on Space” previously was scheduled to open in April during Odesa Photo Days 2020 at Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Ukraine, but the situation has changed due to the worldwide pandemic.
The exhibition organised by European Photo Based Platform Parallel which is designed and led by Procur.arte and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Partners in Ukraine — Odesa Photo Days Festival (member of Parallel from 2019).
We create, rearrange and destroy spaces we inhabit, throughout our whole life. Houses, workplaces or streets and public squares are the material environment we influence on. However, they also shape our behaviour: tell us where and how to go, teach us values and hierarchies dominant in a society or a class we belong to. In that terms, it is no surprise that the notions of ‘building’ and ‘construction’ are never limited to physical matter. We build houses and relationships, monuments but also identities, spatial order and political order. We built past memories and will build the future ones.
Notes on Space aims to shed light on different elements of this entangled relation. From the playfulness and creativity of children, creating imaginary spaces from given elements, to the very instrumental role subscribed to the construction workers. And from the abstract interactions with surroundings, to the ideologically saturated, artificial suburban neighbourhoods. Space was and is politicised, gender-biased, and might be even more so in the future, if we fill it with artificial intelligence, fuelled by biased data collected in the past and present. But even today we see our cities, towns and villages changing due to politicians’ will, ideology or huge private investments, tearing apart what was once public and common. Is it the time to take back our own creative forces?
Letters to Ultramarine series
Gustavo Balbela (Porto Alegre, 1997) is a Brazilian artist and designer who uses photography as a support to discuss issues related to his culture and society. In previous projects, such as The Last Sigh of Materiality  and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Revisited)  he often explores dichotomies and tensions between the material world and our way of interacting with it, representing it and imagining it.
Gustavo has participated in collective or individual exhibitions in Brazil, Uruguay and Hungary, and his work can be found in private collections in Brazil and Europe.
His body of work is a continuation of artist’s research on manual labour taking place in the construction sector.
David Barreiro (b.1982, Pontevedra, Spain) is a Spanish photographer and artist currently living and working in London. In his practice, he focuses on human constructs, such as identity categories and institutionalised spaces and activities. His photographs fluctuate between the literality of documentary photography and the evocative tension and artificiality of the staged image.
A Rambling Sack Of Mirrors series
Caroline Kolkman, Amsterdam (1987) studied at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, St. Lucas Academy in Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Her practice includes photography, collage, sculpture and installation. Kolkman lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
Tell Me What to See series
Carola Lampe is a Berlin-based artist working with photography, installation and performance. She graduated from Osnabrück University with a master’s in Fine Arts, has studied Dance and Choreography at Laban Centre London and Photography at Ostkreuzschule Berlin.
Carola’s work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions in Germany, Greece, Italy and Hungary. Her performances have been shown in Germany, the UK and Japan. She has been chose for the third cycle (2019-2020) of Parallel Photo Platform programme and was shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival in 2015 and 2017. Some of her recent photography projects have been featured in Der Greif online exhibition and dienacht magazine.
She is currently interested in the implications of technology on a human being. By observing everyday life and by investigating boundaries of what is real and what isn’t, her art shifts between documentary and fiction.
My Memories, Yours series
Sara Perovic’s photography is driven by her interests in perception of space, abstraction, repetitiveness, obsession and feeling of self. She depicts the invisible (Between bodies, 2018), focuses on textures (Palmeral, 2017) and shows nature’s fragility with ethereal photos (I was there, 2015). Her latest project My father’s legs is a mix of concept and emotion, stretching the boundaries between conceptual art and art-as-therapy.
Among several solo and group shows, she founded and curated the fanzine aTree, promoting young photographers (available also at MoMa Library New York, 2011).
Sara Perovic currently works as a photographer and architect in Berlin.
Photographer and visual artist. Graduated journalism and social communication on Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, and photography at the University of Art in Poznań, where he conducts his doctoral studies. He worked with Center of Contemporary Art in Toruń, Miłość Gallery in Toruń and ‘Krytyka Polityczna’ magazine. Laureate of Konrad Pustoła memory scholarship for socially engaged photographer (2017). Former editor of ‘Magenta’, online magazine dedicated to contemporary photography, now editor of ‘Postmedium’ art academic journal.