The Special Award of the Tadeusz Kulisiewicz Foundation
Kamil Kocurek | Poland
intaglio | 2018 | 91 x 325 cm
The visual inspiration for my graphic installation was the aesthetics of digital imaging. The installation imitates multimedia perceptions and schemes that create an impression of three-dimensionality and illusory space. I perceive the arena as a multi-threaded and multi-context environment of mass human activity. Since ancient times, the arena has been known as a place of gladiators fights and Greek theater performances, later it served knights' tournaments, today it is a place of mass concerts, stagings, shows and sports competitions. It also functions as a substitute space, a place for exhibitions and fairs – including armaments ones. We know cases when it is directly involved in the field of war or becomes a victim of terrorist attacks or artillery fire. The view of deserted grandstands, grasslands filled with frightened viewers during past events in Paris is in a sense a symbol of present times, which illustrates the metaphorical potential of these types of places. The impressive spatial form and symbolic values can harmonize with its overwhelming and dynamic graphical potential, with its pulsating rhythm, strength of contrasts and its rich structure.