Flying lessons, 2004

Film is a part of the work "Visa" which consists of: "Self-portrait", oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm; visa application with photo; photography of American visa in the artist's passport, 9 x13 cm; "Flying lessons", DVD film, 47'


Visa, 2004

A perverse and daring intervention. During preparations to his studio stay in New York, Bujnowski had painted a photorealistic, black-and-white portrait. He reproduced it and enclosed the copy as his official photo in the U.S.A. visa application form. The consulate workers failed to notice the manipulation and, eventually, the artist received a passport with a replica of his own painting. Using this document Rafal has crossed the U.S. border, the project was supplemented by the fact that the artist has attended a pilot's course, which featured a training flight over Manhattan - this event was recorded by Bujnowski as a video.
The U.S. Embassy refused to comment this issue. Currently the work is in the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm

photography of american visa in the artist's passport, 9 x13 cm

Selfportrait, 2004, 3 passport photographs, 5 x 5 cm, signed and rubber stamped envelope
edition of 50 copies


Zug. St. Michael, 2004
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, DVD film 9'13''

Work from the series featuring 6 black paintings. The accompanying videos reveal the story behind the canvases: we witness the subsequent phases of the painting's production, the romantic sunset landscapes becoming darker and darker - until the very last brushstroke, when the painting is completely black. A moving story on the transitoriness of images.