KACPER KOWALSKI (*1977, POLAND)
Bildhalle has the pleasure to announce the representation of the award-winning Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski. After his critically acclaimed series, Side Effects and Over, Kacper Kowalski is presenting a new project, Arché, that will be launched at Paris Photo with a book signing at our booth.
Kowalski, an architect and pilot, has committed himself to flying and photography. As a paraglider, he flies with an engine strapped to his back to discover a world of forms, shapes and patterns. Constantly fighting with natural forces and taking pictures at an altitude of 150 meters, he finds himself in an almost meditative state, discovering the abstract forms of his natural surroundings. The flight becomes a spiritual journey that reveals universal truths about the relationship between man and nature, about the past and the present.
“Kowalski discovers forms that few of us have ever seen. At first his photos are strangely familiar. We seek associations, comparisons; we think of Japanese works in ink or modernist forms of minimalism on paper, perhaps of ancient magic signs or cave paintings. The more we commit to these works, the more we study them, the more we find ourselves immersed in a universe that connects with long-lost memories of times when understanding these footprints and forms in nature was essential to survival – memories of the very birth of mythology, prior to the written word and maybe even before language.” Andri Snaer Magnasson, Icelandic writer and environmentalist.
This year, Kacper Kowalski is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first solo paragliding flight. He has spent over 5000 hours in the air and travelled over 250,000 km – equal to launching into space and almost reaching the moon. His photos have won countless awards, including the World Press Photo contest three times. His projects have been extensively represented in group and solo exhibitions all over the world. He lives and works in Gdynia, Poland.
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