on things mended and broken

Izabela Pluta

1 Jan 2011

This new body of work continues to rematerialise Pluta’s preoccupation with evoking a sense of loss or longing for where we have never been or may never experience – places visited, lived in or imaginary. On things mended and broken makes various propositions: those relating to photography and time, and how either is constructed, experienced, endured or collapsed.

Like many of Pluta’s works, this project derives from personal encounters with certain places. They may call to mind images on the periphery of vision places noticed momentarily and forgotten. Each depicting a form of aging or decline: vanished places, experiences, intervals or instants.

The images are simply ideas of cities one has never visited, but longed to. Pluta likens this notion to Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities: of the reflective conversations between Kublai Khan, Mongolia’s emperor during the thirteenth century and Marco Polo, who visited Khan’s Empire describing elaborate and often surreal stories and reflections of his travels.

…in order to be more easily remembered, [the city] Zora has languished, disintegrated, disappeared. The earth has forgotten her.(Invisible Cities)

In the exhibition, seemingly unrelated photographs are put beside each other to coerce the revelation of analogies and conceptual meanings from the audience. Deciphering the signs of these individual images, like the Great Khan interpreting Marco Polo’s enactments of his adventures, some connections remain concealed, others become lucid. What these works may give us are ideas that are fabricated with pictures, like novels are with words.