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Mark

Midsummer
Title of the document
Photography
Prints for Ukraine
2022


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Fading SensesTitle of the document
Photography
Master Project
2020 - ongoing


What happens if we lose our senses? In times of multispecies extinction and devastating effects caused by climate change, environmental anxiety is a rising problem affecting societies. Solastalgia, a relatively new name describing an emotional distress caused by the loss of ecosystems, is characterised by a perspective of a fading world, a lived experience of the loss of the present. Described as an earth-related state, it reflects the zeitgeist of our time. A perspective of a fading world and a state of fading-away is close to sensory deprivation. Absence of senses, one of the biggest human fears, can lead to intra-mental perception, echolocation and memory flashbacks. ‘Fading Senses’ is a research project and a photographic essay where I examine how Solastalgia affects our mental and emotional health and research the implications of the absence of senses on brain mechanisms. As I have temporarily lost one of the senses in the past, this deprivation became my intuitive leading guide, which I have applied to the working method and to the visual language. Turning my research into a speculative narration, I aim to create a mental image of an ungraspable sensation to underline human disconnection from the natural habitat.

Fading Senses
Research
Publication
2020


Self-published booklet containing thinking process and research behind ‘Fading Senses’.

Silent Signals
Photography
Project
2020


In ‘Silent Signals’ I reflect on uncertainty. It is a story where the elements marked by the brokenness of the Anthropocene fuse with fantasy and the ambiguities of the viewers memory. I treat photographic experience as an encounter of temporary stabilisation which provokes senses through synesthesia.

© Ligia Poplawska 2022

Mark