To Move the Sun and Earth Away

To Move the Sun and Earth Away is a photographic and sound project exploring the human perception of environment – how we comprehend it, its deceptions, and how deeply is rooted our sense of otherness in relation to nature. Otherness is ubiquitous and its latent effects have a huge impact on our culture and power structures. How biased is our perspective on the environment and its past? A question like this prompted another, and another, until I found myself contemplating the issues such as discovering the truth, living in denial and fear, as well as the reasons for detachment. One of the key ideas behind this work is the concept of dualism – a stance of clear distinction and separation between two entities. The physical form of installation developed from this idea, i.e., questioning the significance and bias originating from omnipresent dualisms, such as truth vs. falsity, hiding vs. revealing, accepting vs. avoiding & denying, and fact vs. fiction. The work is not about any environmental past, present or future crisis. Environmental impact is just one manifestation of the phenomenon I was interested in. With this series, I question the reasons behind these anomalies, how people cope with them and what feelings they trigger. The selected photographs, paired with sound, depict an atmosphere and a feeling of inanimate nature in decay. Soundscapes draw on the field recordings which were arranged into new pieces. The mirrors in front of the photographs blur a direct view of the images, thus allowing practically innumerable perspectives and perceptions of the photographs. The idea of the physical installation is to create a “perceptual playground”, where viewers would explore the work both visually and auditorily. The intimate experience would absorb the viewer and confront them with our stance on nature and (self)deceit.