An anthropological account of a journey to sites abandoned by God and people, a world of objects straight out of Kantor's 'lowest-rank reality'. A contribution to this expedition is a gallery of photographs available on www. opuszczone. com, set up by a group of persons declaring their manic attachment to dilapidated buildings, abandoned by owners and former residents. The outcome of this predilection is a collection of photographs shown on the Internet and registering homes, housing estates and even whole towns depopulated and left to their own fate. The essay urges not only to take a closer look at the photographs, but also to focus on the ways of seeing that we apply within the range of the depicted degraded spaces. This is an attempt at testing what is the object of a fascination with views of abandoned homes, and what is decisive for their aesthetic attractiveness and force of expression. We explore ruins by applying four consecutive perspectives and pose questions concerning the way in which the perception of the plight of a ruined house is tantamount to our view of the world, life, death and art.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.