HYPER HAZE – Łukasz Kuś & Gabriel Orłowski


If we wonder what Łukasz Kuś’s Haze series is, we might fall into the trap of analogies and references to the traditions of shutter photography. Except that the fleeting moments that Kuś “catches” with his lens are not an attempt to capture reality, nor do they create a homogeneous document. We see found objects, fragments of the landscape, scraps of diverse materials, tiny cracks, and anonymous forms. We look for a storyline, connections between the photos. But in the end, we realise that there is no concrete story. No beginning or end. What we do have are “shots” covered in “haze”. We are seduced by the first impression, before perceiving the light that is the sensual element of every composition. There are no chance events.

For Gabriel Orłowski an image does not exist without a surface, nor content without a medium – we discover a scrap of this knowledge by observing reality. Conscious use of pictures has become a sociotechnique, which, like light in a hotel foyer or music in a shopping centre, is supposed to have an effect on the way we feel, put us in a state of comfort, acceptance and empty admiration of everyday things. Use of the medium of photography is optimised, and aims to make the message fully efficient. It promises an idyll and models our needs. Yet the excess and constant updating of content conveyed in the public space has the reverse effect – the information blends into gibberish, and the images into a uniform hum. From behind the façade of the Potemkin village come props from the scenery – scaffolding, drivers, materials and carriers. After stripping the reality from this iconic superstructure, we discover underneath the empty and barren actual space, devoid of stimulants.

Łukasz Kuś
b. 1984, Tarnów.
He is a graduate of the Łódź Film School. His early work was of a documentary nature, while more recently it has oscillated between personal and abstract narratives. His photographs are sensual, characterised by an acute perspective, sensitivity and skillful use of light. He photographs everywhere, everybody and almost constantly.

Gabriel Orłowski
b. 1989, Warsaw.
He is a photographer and musician also working with video, and a student and scholarship-recipient at Łódź Film School. He has exhibited his work in Poland and France, and published in various European magazines. He is interested in issues of post-modernity and corporeality, as well as the philosophy and theory of the image.

curator: Marta Kołakowska
cooperation: Grzegorz Czaplicki

partner of the exhibition:
Krakow Photomonth Festival