Freckle/s by Jacek Kołodziejski – Photobook

The first individual photo book by Jacek Kołodziejski sums up the process of formal exploration that started ten years ago: “Ten years ago, I placed an order with the Division of Control and Robotics in Poznan – to cut a perfect square in a metal plate. I placed the square on the photographic paper and exposed it. I repeated that process one thousand times, exposing paper after paper. Each image served as a negative to the next. As a result of that experiment, I discovered the potential of the perfect figure and its organic shape”, says Kołodziejski.

This conceptual experiment initiated a formal exploration on the level of various media – painting, installation, sculpture – and became a leitmotif that comes back in artist’s various projects: represented by a figure-stain, figure-mole, figure-stigmat, or figure-freckle. It finally becomes an ironic commentary or a self-portrait of the artist. Everything is important: the design, scenography, clothes, colors, composition, decomposition, post-production. Red hair and freckles as obsessively recurring motifs are embedded in characteristic, idiosyncratic visual language that Kołodziejski had developed over the years.

Text by Wiktoria Michałkiewicz

Photobook of the Year Award 2017 – shortlist
KTR Award 2017 – Gold