White Elephants - Pass by me
White Elephants is personal long going series, made from 2009 to 2012. It has been shown also in the form of slideshow as the story in three chapters. The most important was to concentrate on the single faces, gestures, pantomime of feelings and relations. The elements of representation are often degraded to shapes, soft lines and the work is merging many stylistics into one story. It is honest impact of emotions I have experience during my travels. The main point is the impression of experiences, that is necessary for me to take the pictures. Through the metaphors of portraits of the others, I photograph my private, intimate time and space. In White Elephants I’m making the questions about the changes that are visible in our reality being transform by emotions, personal issues. The series is making the doubt about becoming. Dissonance between memories and present as well as differences between real person, place and our imagination of it.
White Elephants is about the balance between inconsistent states and feelings. The original idea of the series was to explore the state dissonance between feelings by looking with a sense of disappearing and longing; that is the thing which, in my opinion, makes the images important to our culture, and life: Photography exists in the way that we know it mainly because we have to die.
Also, images are the rope that ties the fragmented past back together. I believe that memories are somewhat impossible to be imagine, but a picture can create a genuine physicality and real consciousness. On the other side, there are emotions and the unknown, and together, they change everything. It is not a simple tribute to the past, but rather a story about feelings out of time; the interior projected to the exterior.
Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987) studied photography at National Film School. Author of three individual exhibitions (White Elephants, Here, Love has to be reinvented), participant in collective exhibitions and publications including Photokina and Lab East. He presented his works in many countries like Poland, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia. As well as magazines (Shots Magazine, Ninja Mag, Archivo Zine, Die Nacht, Gup Magazine). In 2012 he won the prestigious prize for young photographer Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award. His work was nominated to Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and has been shortlisted in many other prizes (Les Nuits Photographiques 2012, Terry O’Neill Award) for his series Pass by me. His works has been shown at festival in Arles 2012 and are in collection of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. He lives and works in Lodz.
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013, Nomination
Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012, Winner
Shortlisted in Les Nuits Photographiques 2012 Pictures in Motion, Paris
Shortlisted in Kolga Thibilsi Photo, Georgia
Shortlisted in Terry O'Neill Awards 2011, England
Pass by me, Leica Gallery Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
2011 White Elephants, Mieszkanie Gepperta, Tiff Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
Pass by me, Photovisa III, Krasnodar, Russia
White Elephants slideshow, Encountros da Imagem 2011, Braga, Portugal
White Elephants 2, Café Foto 102, Fotofestival in Lodz, Poland
Voice On, Klub Pauza, Photomonth in Cracow, Poland
Temps Zero, Pavlov Dog, Berlin, Germany
Pass by me, Leica Gallery, Photokina 2012, Cologne, Germany
In the matter of in/visible things, Photokina Academy 2012, Cologne, Germany
2011 In the matter of things, Month of photography in Bratyslava, Slovakia
Lab East, V8, Köln, Germany
Publications in Magazines
Korean Montly Photography Magazine, 12/2012
Die Nacht, Special Issue, Young Polish Photography
Leica Fotografie International LPI Magazine- Special Edition 2/2012
Archivo zine, issue n.1 "Identify"
Gup Magazine #33 "Stories"
Shots Magazine #114
Ninja Mag #20 "No sex last night"
Works in collection
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan