Lucia Brajercikova

"The Pictures of the Old World"

The aim of this project is driven by an ongoing climate problem and its radical change in the climate system. Rather than statistical or instructive, the work should reflect and focus on appreciation towards the nature that still persists. Inspired by the coastline and beauty of art forms of nature (patterns and structures), this body of work predominantly concentrates on the objects found within the environment around the North Sea specifically, south-east coast of England. The selection of the objects varies from different types of seaweed, plants to washed out woods, scallops and stones. All the objects have been personally collected, dried and subsequently photographed, using one of the oldest photography techniques, wet plate collodion. The project has been also inspired by the work of zoologist, naturalist and artist, Ernst Haeckel, who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology.

(The name of the project is taken from an unquestioned poetic essay of European documentary cinema, ‘Pictures of the Old World’ (Obrazy starch Sveta) by Czechoslovakian filmmaker Dusan Hanak. Interspersed among close-ups on objects and utensils, the film reflects on the values of the life, and portrays a study of the elderly living in poverty but maintaining their independence and inherent beauty in the face of modernity.)