Michał Szlaga - born in 1978 in Gdańsk (Poland), he is one of the most reputed Polish photographers. In 2003 he graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Szlaga is active both in artistic and commercial press photography domains. As an artist he is obsessed with his city, or more precisely with the former Gdańsk Shipyard area. Since 2000 Szlaga has been documenting changes occurring on the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard area. Since 2008 the artist has been creating the Polska Dziennik [Polska, the Diary] project, a personal photodiary. Szlaga’s newest project is Global Prosperity (together with Max Cegielski, a journalist and globetrotter) was a photographic journey to India.
2010 –2012, video documentation, 2012
This work is based on materials recorded by the artist within the Gdańsk Shipyard in the last few years. The locations which are to house new investments, or new forms of production, witness endless demolition - occasionally ﬁres break out. Historic cranes, some of which date as far back as the Interbellum period, have disappeared. For almost a century, the cranes have determined the unique nature of Gdańsk’s industrial landscape.. The material tissue of the shipyard is worn out; bulldozers raze modernist halls to the ground while scrap collectors purloin historical machines. Szlaga managed to capture an entire set of demolitions.. Reminiscent of surveillance footage, the images reveal irreversible changes to the material structure of a formerly powerful plant. Szlaga’s work constitues a direct link between the Materiality exhibition and the material and technological past of the shipyard.
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