Remembering what never happened
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.
Remembering what never happened
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.
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
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
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)