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Remembering what never happened

Bronek Kózka

 

 

About

My most recent series 'Remembering what never happened' is set at party, sometime in the 1980's. Each seen is choreographed to give a hint of what the story might be. While the actors are real, the stage they appear on is not. The Californian modernist house was designed by architect Andrew Hayes in specific response to one of the characters - the owner of the property. The design was then 'built' in the virtual world before being photo-realistically rendered for each specific camera angle. The idea of working with this type of virtual world camera me while working on the series 'Perfect:Synthetic' in that series I photographed mannequins imbuing them with a sense of the real.

Like a painter or a writer, my work starts from a blank canvas or a blank page and proceeds from there. My approach is to construct a space, an environment, which best evokes the memory I am grasping for; a sort of half-light, somewhere between reality, dreams and memories.

I believe that through the re-examination, re-framing and re-construction of memories and remembered events we can shed light on who we are.

In constructing ‘Remembering what never happened’ I shot each actor and the scene independently and curated the images in post-production. This process allowed me to be responsive to the actors’ expressions and was intrinsic to constructing a near imperceivable disconnect between the characters.

 

 

 

So how does one consider a place that is not real, a place that is a hand-me-down memory, constructed from bits and bytes? 

 

 

Images

 

Remembering what never happened

These are a collection of behind the scenes images, from the design of the building to the shooting and post production 

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Pingyao International Photography Festival,  2016

Biography

Bronek Kozka

 

 

Bronek Kozka lives and works in Melbourne Australia. Kozka has an ongoing involvement in arts education, he is a lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (university). An ongoing investigation into the portrayal of remembered moments, through the tableau photograph, has lead to explorations of “real vs. fake”, the use of 3d scanning and much more fluid understanding of what we remember and why it’s important to us.

 

Kozka has completed a BA (photography), MA (Arts) and is currently a PhD candidate: “Perfect: Synthetic: hyper-reality, the re-staging of memory and the tableau”  looks at cultural theme parks, outdoor museums and historical re-enactment groups.

 

His images are constructed, be they physical room sets, 3D generated spaces (and characters) or other artificial spaces, such as the “Theme Parks” series. This “construction” based approach to lens based work has also informed his sculptural practice.

 

Kozka has exhibited in several group shows and award/prize shows, these include the national portrait prizes of both the Australia (2007+2009) and UK (2008), Albury Art Prize (highly commended), SCAP08 (commended) Scap09, Monash Gallery of Art Award (2008+2009) and the Hasseblad Masters Award 2008. Kozka's solo show include "Picturing Community: Ugunja, Kenya" (2002), "Auschwitz Revisited" (2005) and "The Best Years of Our Lives" (2009), Kozka has also been invited to exhibit a solo show at the Grand prix international de photographie de Vevey in September 2010, wining the Broncolor Award for lighting, running in the same month Kozka’s work is also to be shown at the Pingyao International Photo Festival in China at which he was honored with an award. In 2011 Kozka’s work featured at Chobi Mela, the Bangladesh photo festival. Works have been exhibited in Korea (Hanmi Museum of Photography) (2012), Italy (2012), Singapore(SIPF) and China (Pingyao 2012+13). His sculptures have been exhibited in Lorne’s Sculpture Biennale, WSSP with a major work to shown at Sculpture by the Sea (2016).

 

Kozka’s work was published by teNeues in the Hassleblad Masters Book Vol.1, they were “Sunshine House” & “Passion”. Kozka’s work was also featured in the Australian publication (Book), Hijacked: Australian & German Photography and Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City.

 

Kozka work is held in private and public collections in Australia and internationally. He is represented by MARS Gallery in

Melbourne & Bett Gallery Hobart, Australia and Clelia Belgrado Gallery in Genova, Italy.

 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015           “Remembering what never happened”, (solo) MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

2015           “The Politics of Remembering Violence” (solo), RMIT, Design Hub, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

 

2014          “Perfect:Synthetic Theme Parks” (solo show) Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia

 

2014          “Ritual” (solo show) RMIT School of Art Gallery, Spare Room,  Melbourne, Australia

 

2014           “Auschwitz Revisited” , Auckland Festival of Photography

 

2013          “Room 101” Pingyao Photo Festival , China

 

2012          “reConstruction of Memory” , FotoFreo (core program+artists in residence), Turner Galleries, Perth, Western    Australia, Australia

 

2012          “Digital Narratives” , Albury Regional Gallery, Albury NSW, Australia

 

2012          “The Mask I’m Wearing” Pingyao Photo Festival , China

 

2012          “Myth, Memory & the ¼ Acre Block” + “The Living Room” (Solo show), Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD

 

2011          “The Australian Dream” (collaborative, 2 person show) , Visionquest Gallery, Genova, Italy

 

2011          “Pandora’s Hippocampus”, (Solo show), Bett Gallery Hobart, Australia

 

2011          Untitled exhibition, (Solo show), MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

2011          “Myth, Memory & the ¼ Acre Block”, (Solo show), Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2016          Iris Award – Perth Centre for Photography

 

2016          Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

 

2016          National Photography Award MAMA – Albury Regional Gallery (Winner, 2 Works Acquired : Remembering what never happened series

 

2016             Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Sculpture Trail (Main) , Lorne, Victoria

 

2014          “The Blokes Show” (group show) RMIT School of Art Gallery, Project Space, Melbourne, Australia

 

2014          “The Museum of Abject Sentimentality” (group show) RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

2012          “Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City” Suzhou, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011          “New Worlds” (group show), The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea

 

2011          Chobi Mela , International Photographic Festival, Bangladesh

 

2010          “Modern Narratives: Photography as Story Teller”, Albury Regional Art Gallery

 

2010          Arte Laguna Prize Group Exhibition - Tese di San Cristoforo(Arsenale di Venezia)

 

2010          “Suburbia: The Australian Dream” - Grand prix international de photographie de Vevey

 

2010          “The Kitchen Sink” Group Show Mars Gallery, Melbourne

 

2010          “Brave New World” Group Show, Queensland Centre for Photography

 

2010          “Imagining the Everyday” Pingyao Photo Festival , China

 

2010          Hijacked Vol2, Exhibition , ACP, Sydney

 

2010          00 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Curated by Larissa Leclair and Andy Adams,

                  FotoWeek DC, USA

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

2007          National Portrait Prize finalist

2008          Hasselblad Master – incl. published book Hasselblad Masters Book

2008          Stanthorpe Art Prize finalist

2008          Moran Contemporary Photographic Award finalist

2008          Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist (Commended Award)

2008          MGA W & W Bowness Photographic Award Finalist

2009          Moran Contemporary Photographic Award semi-finalist

2009          National Portrait Prize Australia finalist

2009          Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist

2009          Albury Art Prize Finalist(Highly Commended Award)

2009       London ICC, short listed

2009          MGA W & W Bowness Photographic Award Finalist

2010          National Photography Prize (finalist), Albury Regional Gallery

2010          Grand prix international de photographie de Vevey – Broncolor Award

2010          National Portrait Prize Australia finalist

2010          Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist

2010          Pingyao International Photo Festival: Award Best International Photography

2010          MADC Award for Salvation Army Door Knock campaign

2011          Create Award, Quantum Create Awards 2011 – Photography

2012          Albury Art Prize (finalist)

2012          Alice Prize (finalist)

2012          Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (finalist)

2012          MGA W & W Bowness Photographic Award Finalist

2012          Moran Contemporary Photographic Award finalist

2012          Woolahra Small Sculpture Award

2012          Substation Art Prize Finalist

2013          ArtsHub Award Innovation (Individual) for “Digital Narratives” (finalist)

2013          Excellent International Photographer Award Pingyao Photo Festival , China

2016          Lorne Sculpture Biennale – Sculpture trail finalist

2016          MIRA MOBILE PRIZE, Portugal

2016          National Photography Award MAMA – Albury Regional Gallery (Finalist/2 works acquired)

2016          Iris Award – Perth Centre for Photography (Finalist)

2016          Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (Finalist)

 

 

Bronek Kozka

bronek@kozka.com

+61 (0) 414 438 199

2/133-135 Johnston Street, 

Collingwood, 

Victoria, 3066

Australia