Let this Dead Photograph Reminds You of Me Alive | Natalia Kepesz

In this project, Natalia Kepesz explores various modes of war memory, focusing on the national trauma that befell Poland after World War II. Her project delves into an existing fascination with World War II, manifested through the phenomenon of recreating scenes from the War. In so doing, she questions the romanticization and idealization that the War undergoes in the contemporary public discourse in Poland. The scenes are photographed with an analog camera and black-and-white film, and are colored by Kepesz after their development. Thus the experience longed for by those participating in the reenactments is realized – the “revival” of the old war photographs – and concurrently, by means of the coloring work, patterns of war memory are revealed.

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