The Weserburg modern art museum in Bremen, Germany, is showing a number of photos by Aneta Grzeszykowska from the Negative Book series (2012–2013) in the museum’s “Artists’ Rooms” program.
The works shown on the gray-painted walls are from Art Collection Telekom in Germany, which holds an extensive collection of Grzeszykowska’s photos and films. Negative Book is a fascinating narrative of a space created by Grzeszykowska between presence and absence, positive and negative, appearance and disappearance. For each photo, the artist’s figure is subjected to meticulous body painting, so that the negatives present her figure as a positive, disrupting the natural logic of the photographic process and creating a moving ontological performance.
The entirety of this exceptional and extensive series was published recently in book form, available at the Raster bookstore or at the website of Nero, the Italian co-publisher of the album.