Scheduled to coincide with “Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best / Personal Choice”, Éléphant Paname presents a group of works by the young photographer Magda Biernat, a native of Poland currently based in New York.
Compartmentalisation, emptiness, loneliness, absence of human subjects, but also spaces filled with a multitude of silent details laden with meaning, rooms and homes sometimes clearly middle class, sometimes frankly lumpen – these are among the ideas that come to mind when we look at Magda Biernat’s photographs. Her meticulously detailed shots show how a photography of buildings and interiors can become a true ethnography of everyday life. These landscapes and living spaces inspire both anxiety and serenity. Turning her lens on today’s world through this transcontinental exploration, Biernat is uncompromisingly direct in her vision of what hems us in, near or alongside others, separated by narrow yet stark interstices. At the same time, there is a particular musical feeling that emerges despite these divisions, a relentless and disorienting melody, while the details of interiors convey nostalgic messages, the unique spirit of a place. We are left without any bearings: we could be in the United States, Europe or China. But it doesn’t much matter. Try as we might to itemise the world, there is no way to fully impose uniformity.
The exhibition of Magda Biernat is coupled and accessible with the ticket of the exhibition ELLIOTT ERWITT "PERSONAL BEST / PERSONAL CHOICE"