The "Album" comprises over 200 photographs from Aneta Grzeszykowska's private family archive. Using Photoshop, the artist has removed her own figure from each picture, thus creating a peculiar photographic autobiography - from the birth up till now - devoid of the protagonist. The work was presented for the first time in Raster - a specific "homely" space. Presentation of the "Album" at 4th Berlin Biennale (2006) had a similar character - the work was exhibited in a private apartment in Auguststrasse.
Untitled (Portraits), 2005-2006
Series of photo portraits of nonexistent people - all physiognomies have been created by the artist in Photoshop with the use of various photographs and processing tools. In terms of composition, Grzeszykowska's portraits refer to the eminent photographs by Thomas Ruff, being actually the opposite. In an amazingly illusionist way the works depict people, whose nonexistence is difficult to acknowledge.
Untitled #1, 2005, c-print on dibond, plexi
Untitled #4, 2005, c-print on dibond, plexi
Untitled #8, 2005, c-print on dibond, plexi
Untitled #16-18, 2006, c-print on dibond, plexi, 81 x 64 cm
Untitled Film Stills, 2006
A precise, and truly Warsaw, remake of Cindy Sherman's seventies classic "Untitled Film Stills" starring Aneta Grzeszykowska. In contrast to the original, Grzeszykowska's photographs are in color. The initial composition and makeup has been strictly observed, while the props, clothes and setting has been chosen by the artist according to the modern standards and local possibilities. The restaging of all 70 photographs took one year. The role-play has reached its peak - effacing her own personality yet another time, Grzeszykowska returns it to Cindy Sherman, and at the same time imitates the both American artist and her fictitious film personifications.
Untitled Film Stills #3, 2006, c-print, 18 x 25 cm
Upon closer inspection, the photographic portrait of an eye reveals a disturbing detail - the unnaturally pupil bleeds into the iris. The artist photographed her younger brother thus documenting the effect of an accident from their childhood: an unintended needle prick which resulted in the boy's sight damage. Grzeszykowska - the involuntary perpetrator - returns to the event from the past trying to interpret it in aesthetic categories, we see the organ and symbol of sight "like real" - eye to eye.
"Black" is a 15-minute film fiction on the theme of a total abyss. The artist's naked body travels through an intangible and indefinable black space, disappearing in it only to appear again. The film combines analogue trick photography and computer animation.
Girl with Animals, 2007
Dolls, hand-sewn by the artist, refer to her childhood when Aneta was also making toys. However those made now are in "adult" size, becoming full-scale sculptures - both in terms of genre and proportions.