Glimpse and Workers
October 9 to December 1, 2022
The Fogo Island Gallery presented: Glimpse & Workers, a new solo exhibition by Warsaw based-artist Artur Żmijewski at the Fogo Island Gallery. This exhibition brought together Żmijewski’s Glimpse (2017) with a series of photographs entitled Fogo Island Workers (2019) that the artist produced during a residency on the island three years ago. Both works mediate on themes pertaining to subjecthood and its documentation, but each take vastly separate approaches. Żmijewski filmed Glimpse on a 16 mm analogue camera across Berlin, Calais, Grand Synthe, near Dunkerque, and Paris. The film gathers footage from four refugee camps and takes an unfiltered documentary-style approach. The black and white recordings give the illusion of the past, however the recorded material was made only a few years ago to echo the recent refugee crisis in Europe. In Fogo Island Workers, subjects are unified in their anonymity. Each subject is shown with their backs to the camera as they engage in physical labour. Żmijewski’s work often concerns itself with questions of vision and omission, coalescing distant realities into sticky unison. Together, Glimpse & Workers are emblematic of that entanglement.