I’m interested in shifting the perception, asking questions about the reality. I want to bring back the awareness of the body by creating the atmosphere of attention that can smoothly transform into contemplation of the moment. Seeing the increasing development of technology that goes hand in hand with the increase of isolation and anxiety plus the takeover of the virtual media I want go into opposite direction, creating situations that involve all senses.
- Karolina Halatek to designverse, 2019
Valley is a large scale installation that invites the viewer to the pure space that recalls a glacier crevice or the passage between skyscrapers. Two white parallel walls create an inclusive dimension where the perspectives are shifted and directions simplified. This new space enables the viewers to experience light in an abstract form. Upon entering the work alone, it can be used as a tool of mindful exercise where attention to the here and now increases or evokes new ways of seeing; a transformative experience. But you might possibly collide with others, generating a meeting between strangers known in urban settings.
Architecture to divide and shield, or to connect.
Courtesy the artist
2017 - installation with LED lights
Image credit: Karolina Halatek - Valley © Karolina Halatek
°1985, Lodz, Poland
Karolina Halatek is a visual artist working in sculpture and installation. Using light as the central medium in her practice, she creates experiential site-specific spaces that incorporate visual, architectural and sculptural elements. Her installations have strong experiential and immersive characteristics, and are often the result of collaborations with scientists, a.o. quantum physicists, founders of the superstring theory and precision mechanical engineers. With her work, Halatek seeks a visual language that evokes feelings and emotions of virtually unknown phenomena. Karolina Halatek has exhibited her work internationally, most recently in a.o. CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA), De School (Amsterdam, Netherlands), A4 Art Museum (Chengdu, China), Daejeon Museum of Art (Daejeon, South Korea), Morcote Public Art Biennial (Switzerland) and Kunsthalle Bremen (Germany), Print Screen Festival (Holon, Israel). She lives and works in Lodz, Poland.