MAREK GRZYB

Born in 1970 in Opole. Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Faculty of Graphics.
Diploma in 1997 in the graphics studio of prof. Andrzej Basaj. In 2006, he defended his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. In 2014, he obtained the degree of habilitated doctor. Currently, he works at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art at the Department of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław.

ARTIST STATEMENT

You could say we are what we remember. Various cases of amnesia prove this. Having no memories we have no points of reference, no history, anything to share with others.
In my projects I try to deal with the issue of the influence of memory on the integrity of identity. I am interested in the whole spectrum of elements related to the process of remembering and recalling – such as the place and spaces of memory, forgetfulness, ways of feeling the past tense, etc.
Many of my projects are multi-element installations made of objects that have “survived” their time. I use archival family photos, old items or souvenirs to create. I am attracted to the issue of the past tense in cultural narrative – how we create its reflections in our culture and the phenomenon of the so-called remembrance rematch.
When creating my projects, I try to capture the phenomenon of memory and the ways of experiencing the past tense from different perspectives. I often touch the intimate zones of my personal existence, but I do not recreate past facts, but try to arrange the scraps of memories according to a new order. I create non-existent, hypothetical narratives and stories.