Cry of an echo
For centuries and against all odds, Polandʼs Białowieża Forest withstood the barbarian human behaviour within its grounds. Yet back in 2016, under the pretence of its protection, the new Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko had approved a large-scale logging in the areas which up until then had been excluded from all human intervention.
When so much is being said about the environment in recent years, and our exigent and much-overdue need to protect it, Europe's last primeval forest was being slain for two years following the directive of those who ought to protect it. Cry of an echo is a protest, the personal voice of opposition of the artist; the images a metaphor for impending doom of irrecoverable destruction.
The project was shot on film during a month-long residency as a volunteer at the Białowieża National Park in Spring 2016. It comprises a total of 46 images that were intentionally mistreated by masking, chemical contamination, uneven development, bleaching and retouching. Originally conceived as a handmade artist book, in 2017 Cry of an echo won the Unseen Dummy Award and the book was published by the Dutch publisher Lecturis in September 2018.
A project proposed by the Photoforum Pasquart.
Venue: Photoforum Pasquart
Małgorzata Stankiewicz (PL), born in 1986, is a graduate of UAL/University of the Arts London (2010) and ICP/International Center of Photography in New York (2014). Her work has been regularly exhibited internationally since 2013, she has been nominated for and awarded major prizes and several of her photography projects have been published, including Cry of an echo, a publication that won the Unseen Dummy Award in 2017.