Stefan Szczygieł. His photographic and film work

Warschau_Urban-Panorama_01
Documentary photos for the Urban Panorama installation in the “Centrum” underground railway station in Warsaw in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. Urban Panorama I, 2007/2008, 5oo x 18oo cm.

That said, it is nothing new that we think of as the world is influenced by the way it is perceived and portrayed by artistic media. We only have to think that, in the 18th century, large estate owners – mostly in England, Western and Central Europe – transformed large areas of land into parks and gardens, designed on patterns shown in landscape paintings. Thus landowners once made sure that artificially designed parks with embankments and hills had horizontal lines that conformed to the borders of their property. In this way the landscape was simulated and manipulated at the time. The estate owners saw themselves as being the personifications of creators of landscapes as well as property owners. To them, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Back to nature” was not only a criticism of civilisation but also of cultivation, a counter movements to the coming Industrial Revolution and also a call to “return to images” that were familiar. But these were no less “artificial”. During the course of industrialisation the landscape began to be exploited and transformed to a hitherto unknown extent. Bridges, dams and factories shot up all over the place, and opencast mining carved up whole swathes of the countryside. The idea of landscape has long been reinterpreted and – as with Szczygieł – it is now more of a “cityscape”. In this way the processes described for landscapes can easily be transferred to describe towns and mega cities today, even though urban developments have different effects and definitions. Stefan Szczygieł’s work plays precisely with these phenomena; with questions of hierarchy and property, the sovereignty of definitions and affiliation, and identity and manipulation, even where he makes no attempt at all to influence his work digitally.

Domek

At the same time as Szczygieł was working on his panorama photos he began work on a new small series of photos that he called by the Polish name of Domek (English: little houses/huts). The photos show small, mainly self-built (however, unused or abandoned), decaying allotment dwellings. They suggest a period when people no longer exist in Szczygieł’s imagination and have long since abandoned the surface of the Earth. Nonetheless the things they have left behind them are still rotting there. Getting out into so-called natural surroundings was once seen as an alternative to existing in cramped urban living conditions and the idea was to cultivate nature. Now only transient archaeological relics remain.

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  • Stefan Szczygieł

    Stefan Szczygieł

    Stefan Szczygieł, 2009 in Hamburg. Foto: Hinrich Franck
  • Coin

    Coin

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Coin“ (5 cents), Fotogramm, 200 x 200 cm
  • Silberdose

    Silberdose

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Silberdose“, Fotogramm, 200 x 260 cm
  • Blatt

    Blatt

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Blatt“ (Brosche), Fotogramm, 350 x 200 cm
  • Buch

    Buch

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Buch“ (Sammlung der Gesetz Verordnungen), Fotogramm, 230 x 200 cm
  • Latarka-Elekrodyn

    Latarka-Elekrodyn

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Elektrodyn“, Fotogramm, 250 x 200 cm
  • Feuerzeug

    Feuerzeug

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Feuerzeug“, Fotogramm, 200 x 300 cm
  • Guzik

    Guzik

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Guzik“, Fotogramm, 200 x 200 cm
  • Telefon

    Telefon

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Telefon“, Fotogramm, 200 x 260 cm
  • Taschenuhr

    Taschenuhr

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Taschenuhr“ (geöffnet), Fotogramm, 250 x 200 cm
  • Zorki

    Zorki

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Zorki“, Fotogramm, 200 x 300 cm
  • Warschau, Brücke

    Warschau, Brücke

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Brücke“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Hala Mirowska

    Warschau, Hala Mirowska

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Hala Mirowska“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Złote Tarasy

    Warschau, Złote Tarasy

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Złote Tarasy“, Inkjet Photo Print, 80 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Klostermauer

    Warschau, Klostermauer

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Klostermauer“ (Powiśle), Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 144 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Stadion

    Warschau, Stadion

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Stadion“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 200 cm
  • Warschau, Dach

    Warschau, Dach

    Aus der Serie “Urban Spaces”, 2005-2009, “Warsaw, roof”, Inkjet photo print, 110 x 100 cm.
  • Warschau, Saski Park

    Warschau, Saski Park

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Saski Park“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Ursynów

    Warschau, Ursynów

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Saski Park“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Park

    Warschau, Park

    Aus der Serie “Urban Spaces”, 2005-2009, “Warschau, Saski Park”, Inkjet photo print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition: 10).
  • Warschau, Łazienkowska

    Warschau, Łazienkowska

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Łazienkowska“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm
  • Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy

    Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy“, Inkjet Photo Print, 100 x 240 cm
  • Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke

    Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke“, Inkjet Photo Print, 85 x 240 cm.
  • Köln, Hauptbahnhof

    Köln, Hauptbahnhof

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Hauptbahnhof“, Inkjet Photo Print, 100 x 230 cm
  • Köln, Museum Ludwig

    Köln, Museum Ludwig

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Museum Ludwig“, Inkjet Photo Print, 150 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Notre Dame

    Paris, Notre Dame

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Notre Dame“, Inkjet Photo Print, 95 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Louvre

    Paris, Louvre

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Louvre“, Inkjet Photo Print, 95 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Seine-Ufer

    Paris, Seine-Ufer

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Seine-Ufer“, Inkjet Photo Print, 80 x 240 cm
  • Warschau, Urban Panorama I

    Warschau, Urban Panorama I

    Dokumentarfotos der Installation von „Urban Panorama“ an der U-Bahnstation „Centrum“ in Warschau vor dem Palast für Kultur und Wissenschaft. Urban Panorama I, 2007/2008, 500 x 1800 cm
  • Warschau, Urban Panorama II

    Warschau, Urban Panorama II

    Dokumentarfotos der Installation von „Urban Panorama“ an der U-Bahnstation „Centrum“ in Warschau vor dem Palast für Kultur und Wissenschaft. Urban Panorama II, 2007/2008, 500 x 1800 cm
  • Domek 08

    Domek 08

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 08“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 09

    Domek 09

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 09“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 10

    Domek 10

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 10“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 23

    Domek 23

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 23“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • ZEITFLUG - Hamburg

    ZEITFLUG - Hamburg, Video, 2008; 12:00 Min. Stefan Szczygieł. Courtesy: Claus Friede*Contemporary Art
  • ZEITFLUG - Warschau

    ZEITFLUG - Warschau, Video, 2009, 13:19 Min. Stefan Szczygieł. Courtesy: Claus Friede*Contemporary Art