Aneta Grzeszykowska

Photographer Aneta Grzeszykowska created a series in 2005 where she carefully photoshopped herself out of an entire family album. The series, Album, which consists of over 200 collected family photos, is presented in a common black paged album that viewers can leaf through. The typical experience of looking and contemplating in the gallery setting is transformed into a much more intimate, casual and active encounter.

Album, 2005, Aneta Grzeszykowska.
201 photographs in an album

In some ways, her project is the opposite of a self-portrait and privileges the absence of the subject over its presence.

Album, 2005, Aneta Grzeszykowska.
201 photographs in an album

Album, 2005, Aneta Grzeszykowska.
201 photographs in an album

Aneta grew up in Warsaw in the 1970s and 80s where the idea of erasure and absence was tied to broader social and political issues. As an extension of the Soviet regime, Polish populations were subjected to the total censorship and propagandic policies of the state. It has become widely known, since the fall of the Soviet Union that early forms of photo manipulation were often used in Stalin’s era to erase political figures who fell out of favour with his government. Pretty good without photoshop, huh?

Stalin with Nikolai Yezhov

And again, without

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