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“Retreating” is a multimedia body of work depicting transformation of existing landscapes and formation of new ones. Icelandic landscapes serve here as inspiration, a metaphor and point of reference.

For example, glaciers could be used as a metaphor for languages – their formation, evolution, and for some, extinction. The same could be said about tribes. But what I am particularly interested in is the society as a whole. I am puzzled by how long it has taken us to evolve and how fast we are retreating and coming unglued. We fight each other and in consequence we fight ourselves.

As grim as it seems, I also realize that sometimes eruptions are necessary and as much as they may release poisonous gases and cause destruction, new landscapes are shaped.

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Wioleta Kaminska

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