Kasia Kesicka

Kasia Kęsicka

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Kasia Kęsicka is a fine art photographer and designer currently based in Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (with double MA in Visual Communication and Photography) in her native Poland and has had her work exhibited in Ireland and the U.S.

In her most well-known project "238 x 504 / Po Horyzont", a series of urban installations in Warsaw and Poznan, Kasia commented on the encroachment and imposition of advertising in our public spaces using the most commonly used billboard format in Poland –238 x 504 cm. She photographed places which were hidden from view behind these large advertisements, the images were subtly retouched and then reproduced as posters in the 238 x 504 cm format and mounted on these billboards in place of the usual commercial advertisements for a limited period of time. The effect being to cancel out the intrusion of these billboards by making them invisible, drawing the public’s attention to the surrounding environment instead, creating a temporary respite from the persitent overload of commercial imagery we experience on a daily basis in urban areas.

“I had a desire to see a horizon in the midst of the urban setting in which I was living; ‘horizons’ – symbolising our continued hopes and dreams as our imaginations travel beyond the boundaries of what we know into new and undiscovered areas. Advertising regularly promises to fulfill our hopes and dreams but often fails to deliver. The purpose of my installation was to reclaim these spaces from the advertisers for a short period and present something unspoilt by false promise.”

In other aspects of her work she endeavors to explore the art of photography beyond its traditions and conventions of pictorial storytelling and portraiture, treating it as a medium of "truth and abstraction", through dealing with light, colour and texture in a way which alludes to beautifully skewed alternate realities. Her "Kitchen Diaries" is a series of unique, abstract still life photograms of a very ephemeral nature—the original images once publically exhibited were allowed to continually over-expose until they became unrecognizable and finally disappeared completely. Her current series is a documentation of this process by way of a number of individual photographs of these exposures during their evolution towards darkness.