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Kaja Dobrowolska, Untitled, from the Memory Box series, 2011–2013






Overnight, in the middle of the 1990s, the DVD made VHS vanish from homes, galleries, and schools. The medium that gave universal access to Western films, recordings of family events, pornography, and video-art simply disappeared, never to return.
In her cycle Memory Box, Kaja Dobrowolska makes use of the family video archive. She collects, reconfigures, juxtaposes, and uses new ways to manage images from the past. She is brilliantly successful in transcending both the private character of her source material and the nostalgic fetishization of an obsolete medium, so typical in archival work.
For Kaja, images from the magnetic tape are more than just a sign of the times. Thanks to the process of digitalization and digital re-photographing, she makes VHS film frames gain original painterly qualities. The viewer’s attention is drawn not only to the technological process but also to the artist’s interpretation and precise decisions in choosing concrete compositions, figures, and objects. Lolitas, stockings, a black BMW, and a shiny short-haired dachshund create a mysterious constellation of incredibly saturated representations that belong to the archaeology of the most recent history of images.
Kaja Dobrowolska (born 1984, Krakow)
Works mostly with photographs and video, experimenting by combining image and sound. Studied photography at the Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in ŁódĹş, where she is working on her diploma in the studio of Professor Grzegorz Przyborek. Exhibited her works at Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2011) and Bunkier Sztuki (2012). 
Memory Box
Curator: Kuba Bąk
Galeria AS, ul. św. Marka 22
Vernissage: 18.05.2013, 21:00
Open: 18.05–09.06.2013; TUE-FRI 13:30-17:00, SAT 11:00-15:00