Conceptual - NOMINEE: Weronika Perłowska
Photo © Weronika Perłowska
Girls in peacetime want to dance
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The so called Millennials - born in Poland after the fall of communism, creative, uncaring, partying, looking for a meaning in life, suspended between Tinder and Instagram. Yet, something began to change. A change which seems most visible online.
Lately more and more media articles began to appear predicting a Third World War. Eye-catching headlines are accompanied by abstract photographs of atomic mushroom clouds, scenes alike those from computer games or science fiction films. The imagination of war is banal and stereotypical.
These surreal aesthetics serve online mass production, they become a weapon with which contemporary media conquer the internet. The notion of war incorporates the growing anxiety and political instability: world conflicts, migration, ISIS, Brexit, Trump - all the way to the raising right-wing nationalistic sentiments in Poland.
War, violence and hate are interlaced into our everyday lives, becoming more common, just as equally it becomes less shocking
With every new piece of information we become more indifferent. The overabundance of news, sources, online discussion and arguments, inflamed by fake news and post-truth, makes it impossible to take a real stance.
It is a new type of contemporary propaganda – one that aims not to convince us of its truthfulness, but rather to make us stop believing in anything particular at all.
There are no ideologies anymore to follow. This pushes us toward abandoning any form of action and resigning ourselves to a life inside a bubble.
Then suddenly the world demands of us to get involved - bombarding us with images and information, igniting outrage, without the ability to show how to forge this outrage into action.
In this project I have taken the photographs from news articles about World War III and printed them onto clothes, mugs, pillows or bags. It is this type of objectification of war which is a tool making online articles more “clickable”. I gave these items to my friends and then photographed them in a snapshot aesthetic, as everyday items lurking in the background of the lives of young hip people in a big city (a life which I myself lead).
Weronika Perłowska – graduated with a Masters Degree in Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Warsaw, studied at the Academy of Photography in Warsaw, participant of the 2016 Sputnik Photos Mentorship Programme. She is interested in new documentary and in activities which border documentary and conceptual photography.