2018 - Ongoing
My work asks questions and challenges contemporary social and cultural attitudes towards the perception of death, the quality of life, reflections on the essence of humanity on philosophical and technological grounds. The story of our corporeality aims to begin a discourse about what has been tabooed or is socially marginalized:
medical bioengineering, technology in medical service, change in the perception of a dead body and the aspect of loss. Such a discourse could reveal the needs and solutions for the development of bioengineering in Poland. The increasingly appearing idea of transhumanism in this aspect considers dysfunctional elements of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease and ageing, to be undesirable, often still remaining only an idea but also a goal.
Modern, diminishing contact with death, a culture based on the endless need for youth, its improvement, resisting death through science, strongly intensifies the fear of dealing with the subject of death in everyday life. In the XIX and early XX-centuries, post-mortem photography was very popular, due to several reasons of the more frequent presence of death in everyday life, as well as its absence in photography, people did not have too many such photos, and post-mortem photography is the last moment to paradoxically, keep the memories alive. It has in itself attributes of simultaneous passing and keeping away from the loss, preservation of consciousness for an indefinite period of time.