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NOXIOUS INTERFERENCE (2017-18)

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Łutownia, Białowieża, 2017

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A case study for DISTURBED HARMONIES [Anthropocene Landscapes]

NOXIOUS INTERFERENCE reflects on concepts of nature and myths of wilderness by investigating the history of the Białowieża forest at the border of Poland and Belarus. It is considered one of the last primeval forests in Europe.
The precious ecosystem could be preserved because the forest was declared royal hunting reserve for Polish kings in the 16th century. However, countless traces of human interference can be observed in the
vast territory. In 2017, the forest received international attention, when the Polish government allowed logging in formerly protected areas.

The project was presented for the first time during Krakow Photomonth 2018
at Galeria Szara Kamienica, 25 May – 24 June 2018.

Acknowledgements

This artistic project was inspired by and is based on the
historical knowledge provided by the following publications:

Bohn, Thomas M.; Dalhouski, Aliaksandr; Krzoska, Markus:
Wisent-Wildnis und Welterbe – Geschichte des polnisch-weissrussischen Nationalparks von Białowieża, Cologne 2017

Schama, Simon: „In the realm of the Lithuanian Bison“
in: Landscape and Memory, New York 1995

Thanks a lot to Iris Sikking, Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti, Joanna Gorlach and the teams of Krakow Photomonth, LabLab and Galeria Szara Kamienica for the great support.

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