Photography exhibition at Leica 6x7 Gallery Warszawa
Paweł Bogumił, inHUMAN
26.02 – 03.04.2016
Opening reception and launch of the photobook: 25.02.2016, godz. 19.00
The meeting is the starting point for the inHUMAN cycle.
About the exhibition
Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw presents Pawel Bogumil's exhibition with the tricky title 'inHUMAN'. This word play perfectly illustrates the extreme feelings we experience looking at 40 black and white photographs of monkeys portrayed by the artist through the bars and glass screens of European zoos. Some of the photographs make us subconsciously afraid of these mighty animals - others make us wonder what the person in the photograph is thinking about. We subconsciously that we are looking at an animal. The skilfully made Bogumil's portraits make the hair stand up on the back of our necks.
Exhibition tickets: normal fare 10 PLN, reduced 7 PLN
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 12am–6pm
Leica 6x7 Gallery Warszawa, Mysia 3, 00-496 Warszawa
www.leica-gallery.pl, email@example.com, FB LeicaGalleryWarszawa
About the photobook
The exhibition is accompanied by an album with the same title, 'inHUMAN' featuring a broader set of photographs and texts by Adam Mazur, Agata Czarnacka and Maciej Trojan as well as a recording of Wojtek Wieteska's conversation with Pawel Bogumil.
Fragment of the essay by Maciej Trojan, PhD
In 1835 a then extraordinary animal was brought to the London Zoo - a chimpanzee named Tommy. 0Two years later an orangutan named Jenny was shown to the general public. This was the victorian era - monkeys exposed in public were dressed up in children's clothing and the crowd could see them eat and drink using spoons, plates and cups. The visitors' interest was combined with apparent anxiety and when Queen Victoria herself visited the zoo in 1842 she noted down in her diary: 'Jenny seemed unpleasantly and unbearably human'.
Nothing has changed since then. Thousands of people can be seen in zoos every day. Observing the behaviour of monkeys - and in particular apes - makes them inevitably smile or feel anxious. Both of these reactions occur when we observe animals show behaviour that we recognize as typically human. It is then that it becomes apparent to us that we are animals as well - relatives of the non-human primates.
Fragment of the essay by Agata Czarnacka
[…] What exactly is the truth of the portraits taken by Paweł Bogumił? The humanity? The bestiality? The enslavement? The mutual fascination? The sincerity? The cohabitation? The deepest entente on the level of emotions? The loathing intertwined with curiosity?
These are not only the questions that everyone must answer himself. In fact, we face such uncertainties every time when our eyes get attracted by any portrait, human or otherwise. Once the mechanism of searching for "that which is like me” is in motion, the mechanism of mimesis, imitation, queues to follow. For who of us has never smiled at a portrait of a smiling child?
About the artist
Pawel Bogumil, born in 1984. Graduate of School of Photography of the Polish Association of Art Photographers in Warsaw. Graduated in 2014 under the academic supervision of Mikolaj Grynberg and Pawel Zak. His photographs were presented at events such as 'Lens Culture', 'Future Shot' and in magazines like 'Cles', 'Geo' and 'Geo Saison'. 'inHUMAN' project has been chosen as a finalist of the 'Earth 15' competition organised by 'Lens Culture'. Moreover, Pawel Bogumil has received an award and an honourable mention in the International Photography Award competition 2015.