WEEKLY DOSE #6 // A WEEK WITH MARTIN KOLLAR
A WEEK WITH MARTIN KOLLAR
Martin Kollar (1971) Born in Žilina in Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic), studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, the Film faculty, camera department.
He has been working as a freelance photographer, cinematographer and director since he has been graduated there.
Martin use to work on long term photography projects. He has received several grants and awards as Prix Elysee and Oscar Barnack Award and Backlight award.
His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Martin-Gropius- Bau, Berlin, Germany, Tel Aviv museum of art and Maison Européenne de la Photography,Paris.
He has published five photography books, Nothing Special (Actes sud 2008), Cahier (Diaphane 2011), Field trip (Mack 2013), Catalogue (Slovak National Gallery 2015) and Provisional arrangement (Musee Elysee/Mack 2016).
NOTHING SPECIAL is the work from this particular period of the transition. I would compare the situation of the society to the act when you shake a bottle with the sediments in it.
For a while you cannot see much trough what is happening inside, hard to see any shape, but after a while when sedimentation starts, you can slowly distinguish what is going on inside. That was the period when I started to work in this project.
The general idea for this work is based on the simple question connected to a new achieved freedom. That time I was curious about the fact how people are dealing with their free time and new possibilities to be responsible for each individual life.
My question was – What people do when they don’t need to do anything-I imagined Saturday morning, somebody is sitting in his/her sofa and thinking how to kill the time
At the beginning I started photograph in Slovakia, later on I had been photographing in all eastern European countries. It was not important where and when we live our lives, but what portion of authenticity we are capable put in it and also it face it.It is everyday waiting in the situations which for this world mean nothing special. NOTHING SPCIAL as the title of the book.
I left the real stories from the book unexplained. Context of the photographs is not really important, all the interpretation and re-creation of the stories from the pictures is on the audience.
Usually music is not a source of my inspiration, but album of Frank Zappa « Does humor belong in music? » made me think how to make serious project in the particular period of the transition with humor.
During this attempt I bumped up to the serious question, how to deal with the in the medium of photography, how to tell the story which will not lead towards simplification and a caricature.
The pictures narrative is based on the central story, meanwhile there was always an attempt to composed several parallel scenes on the background.
Multilayered scenes, distance, was the way how I tried deal with difficult task, how to keep the balance between the stories in, humor narrative images and how to avoid to pictures become simple caricatures.
Every Monday morning, find the diary of the week prepared by our team with love.
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