by Marta Stysiak 

The photo series “With” explores the relation between man and animal – seemingly more and more domesticated, tamed and taken over. Do the roles remain the same when faced with modern, urban lifestyle? The relation with the animal becomes a substitute for the old forms of community. “With” takes us into the most intimate interiors of a big city; bedrooms, living rooms, basements, shadows. The loneliness of the owners is further accentuated by the use of flash. Stysiak looks at them from the observer’s point of view; just like a peeping tom, she is not interacting with the photographed one. She stands behind a glass wall and isolates herself by using the medium of lens and darkness. The night becomes her ally in her attempt to see the inversion, distortion and show the multiple shapes of these sublimated relationship between nature and culture, animals and men. (from a text by Aleksandra Szymczyk)

Marta Stysiak (b. 1982) is a Polish cinematographer graduated from the National Film School In Łódź. Stysiak is the author of photographic projects and photographs of a filmic backdrop or related to film in general. She is the author of photography for documentaries, reportages, short features, video art and experimental videos. Her photographs were published among others in Polish magazines, Le journal de la Photogrphie, Dailyserving, GUP magazine and are in private collections. She is a recepient of an Award from European Capital of Culture Wroclaw and Credit Suisse for Polish Contemporary Art “Przypływ. Młoda polska sztuka współczesna”. Stysiak is based in Warsaw, where she lives and works freelance.