De o sensibilitate deosebită, artista poloneză Laura Makabresku, transmite prin fotografiile sale o atmosferă încărcată de emoție, mister și erotism, parcă dintr-o poveste ireală. Obiectele personale și animale împăiate asistă la clipe de intimitate, tandrețe și suferință.
Laura Makabresku (born in 1987; lives in Krakow). Is a Polish visual artist and photographer. Her photographs are overflown with mystic symbols and the atmosphere of fairy tales. Close to the surrealistic aesthetics, she creates visual methaphores concerning eroticism and death.
„Patterns of distraction“
My photographies are like screenshots from beautiful but cruel fairy tales. Their narrations are not straight. Images that appear are more like feelings that come during a lecture of an old folk-based story – full of witchcrafts and retributions. The structure of my works is similar to the structure of a dream where natural tendencies of collecting and organizing impulses and motivations coincide with irrational clashes of objects and feelings. Isolation and wounds are closed into patterns, uneasy and artificial orders – visual spells created in order to divide beastillness from humanity and dreams from horror.
an interview for organiconcrete.com by Giulia Bersani
Hi Laura! You are very popular for your photos and fairytales, but I couldn’t imagine how it would be to meet you in daily life.. could you introduce yourself to us?
There are many places in my daily life which I share with the world that I create in my photos. They are connected with each other by isolation, fear, sensitiviness and mostly fairy tales. When I was in a primary school, I had already realized that I was strongly differ from my peers. And I’m not talking only about being a lonely type of person, but also I was always running away from the real world into world of dreams. I stopped meeting with my friends, talking to anyone, I was constantly asking parents to take me to the countryside where my grandparents live. This was the place where I could take care of my fairy tale world: amongst the animals, in enormous, lonely orchards where often fog and rain roved.
Today, the day when I turn 25, I know for sure that I won’t be able to come back to real life ever. My Lad is taking care of me. I already met him when I was in highschool, he is now working so that we could have some money to live and savings for our future home. I can’t work with people, can’t earn money in a full time job. I spend my all days (and lately often nights) on creating worlds where I could feel safe and happy (although sometimes these are also associated with fear and loneliness). My drawer is full of notebooks in which I draw frames of my future photos. I would really like to make them appear on a photo plate. It is very important for me and somehow: necessary.
I decided to interview you because lately I saw some really strong photos on your profile (with blood, tears and sexual references) I never noticed before.. what happened?
Sometimes this fairy tale world gives voice to things like wilderness, pain, loneliness, madness, evil. Fairy tales consists of lots of evil and death and I try to tame that just like it is done with wild animals. I’m coming closer to them, touch them, name them, try to take photo. I drill death, look straight into its heart and listen to what death has to say. More often occurs in my illness periods of strong trauma and helplessness which are so serious that if not the help from my Lad, I could not manage them. In these periods death seems to be closer than usually. We look into our eyes, tremble in the same pulse.
Do you live in a natural place or do you escape from the city just to take your photos? Tell us something about the place where you live and the locations you chose for your pictures..
Childhood and school years was the time that I have spent in a small city where I was born and on the countryside at my grandparents’ house. I often go back there to take photos. This place is very dear to me, this is why I like using it as a scenery for my photo sets. Nowadays I live in Cracow – I have graduated here and rent an apartment here with my Lad. This is a big city, completely strange for me, full of people – this is why when I want to take photos I need to go to nearby woods (happily there are some here).
I notice death is a recurring subject in your work (we can even see death animals in some of your photos).. which kind of relation do you have with it?
Yes, death is very dear to me, as I mentioned earlier. There is something in it, that tempts and worries. Especially dead animals – formerly people used to believe that when wearing a mask of some animal they were taking over in a magical way its essential features. When I’m surrounding myself with dead animals I feel – on one hand – a very strong bond with wildlife, and – on the other hand – I feel like I were taming death, which is starting to become more sister than ruthless necessity. However I do more often feel the need of smuggling some kind of elementary bodies from the “place” which is on the other side (after death).
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