21. WHEN TODAY MAKES YESTERDAY TOMORROW

Dominik Lejman (Poland)

Location: Clayport Library Wall, Walkergate

A rediscovered video mural exploring themes of surveillance and control

The footage used in this looped video mural was originally made by Lejman for a solo show for Atlas Sztuki Gallery in Łódź, Poland in 2008 but was never used. He recently rediscovered the footage whilst looking through his archives and realised that the imagery of groups of people exchanging greetings, hugging and shaking hands takes on new meaning and poignancy in 2021. 

The original footage was transferred onto negative, so that when it is projected onto the wall it has a “white on white” image quality with no defined frame.The low-quality silhouettes of people passing seen from above are reminiscent of surveillance footage.

Courtesy of Persons Projects Berlin.

 

About Dominik Lejman

Lejman is known for his time-lapse paintings that combine acrylic paintings and video performances. This technique allows the spectators to see how moving video images sink into the structure of abstract canvas – they are not only a passive background for the projections, but these two forms seem to fuse into a new art genre. Lejman additionally deals with themes regarding human individuality and anonymity in the midst of the modern, technological world and the blurred line between reality and constructed fantasy.

 

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