Negative Book is a series of black and white photographs which deconstructs positive photography and as such forms a continuation of Grzeszykowska's reflections on the character of the photographic medium and its various transformations. The starting point here was traditional photography registering personal situations or scenes deliberately posed for the camera, but created using two manipulations; the artist's body was painted black during posing and the photographs were later reversed into their negative versions. The final effect is striking: Grzeszykowska's body takes on a bright color, opposingly to other figures, whose color of skin remains in a negative black. Such a manipulation (both of the medium and of the viewer) seems to undermine the trust we have in the images we receive through the means of positive photography as a convincing reflection of reality. Negative Book connects with Grzeszykowska's previous works through a concentration on the exhibition of one’s own body and its perfomatuivity, meaning that what we end up with is a sort of intimate diary.
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