50 Shades of White Cubes

Musee Picasso in Paris

In this ongoing project I follow exact rules: I take pictures in the museums and galleries, carefully preventing  to get any people or artworks in my lens. I keep only 50 images in this collection, constantly adding new and deleting old ones. I call this process also the “Artistic void Safari”, because I often have to “hunt” emptiness – being because of the crowd or of the restrictions to take pictures. Since I was photographing the infrastructure rather than artworks, museum security even thought that I am preparing a robbery and treated me as a potential burglar.

The idea to search for the gaps between the artworks might look spontaneous, but is in fact deeply rooted in my former concepts and experiences. That emptiness on one side brings a relief, like a break from the pressures of the art system. Elegance of those cathedrals sometimes provokes a meditative harmony, but also the sadness of being lost and lonely. On the other hand, those places represent the art system and artists efforts to succeed inside it. They represent all hidden negotiations, lobbying and intrigues which lead to the exposure of an artists in the sacredness of the white cube. On the other hand it represents frustrations and disappointment of millions of invisible rejected artists.

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