“When you ‘see photographically,’ your day is filled with more adjectives…”
INTERVIEW WITH KA MAGAZINE
WINTER 2018-19 (November to January)
North South / East West : Curated by Hilda Yasseri
Centro Cultural de Cascais
Av. Rei Humberto II de Itália, 2750 Cascais, Portugal
SUMMER 2017 (August to September)
Forme – Flowers Nudes : Curated by KA and Hilda Yasseri
Art Gallery at KASPACE
185 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
The Lost Studios / Mixed : Curated by KA
Allwood Gallery of Modern Art (A.G.O.M.A.) – at KASPACE
185 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
In conjunction with the launch of Agent Provocateur’s spring/summer collection
Agent Provocateur’s new Bloor Street Boutique
33/100 Cento Citta: The First 33
The 2015 Toronto CONTACT Photography Festival: Atrium of MaRs Building
University Avenue @ College
"Lisbon itself is almost wholly charming---a model city of nearly a million
people and an incalculable number of dogs.....Most visitors to Portugal have
come here to see something old, but the Portugese are full of zeal to show you
Letter from Portugal in Neal Slavin's : PORTUGAL
(Lustrum Press, 1971).
I came across this abandoned Fàbrica Manequim on my way up several flights of stairs in this old building in Lisbon’s Chiado. I was looking for the shop of a camera repairman ---who I found and who masterly fixed my Mamiya. I was into the space, and I was equally fascinated and disturbed. Intense replicas of humans and human parts covered the floors and walls. It was as if the entire factory of workers left for coffee over decades ago and never came back. Molds, paint cans, and half-finished mannequins everywhere. Even invoices left in the typewriter.
I returned to photograph twice, both with the living human form--- returning a third time to be astonished it had been condemned and gutted without warning. This studio was lost--- but the real story only began...
Midnight welcomes a new day, yet few witness the intrigue when the stillness of
these hours is interrupted.
Now in its second decade, this project captures the essence of Ted's visit to 100 cities through a single image. Nearly completed, the 2015 CONTACT Photography Festival show, "33/100", will feature a the first public glimpse curated by Hilda Yasseri. Color printing by Carole Fonde of New York City.
" The Bogota used to share its walls with a bedraggled, old hooker-bar, which I loved. It was low-lit, with stained velvet banquettes and stained, jolly ladies-of-the-night. In bustiers and fishnets, les girls sometimes stood outside, under a blinking neon sign, right next to the steps of the hotel. Until last year. Now the "piano bar" has become a kitchen design centre, another deathly tendril from the rest of Europe that will one day turn Berlin into everywhere else. Soon, I suppose, the Bogota will change with the prevailing weather into The Four Seasons."
Where do you go to my lovely... When you're alone in your bed... I know the thoughts that surround you... Because I can get inside your head. ---Peter Sarstedt, 1969
“Witek approaches the women in his photographs spontaneously, carefully and discretely, without preconception. Different from many photographers, he does not aim for direct interpersonal confrontation in the visualization, but instead allows his models ample space for self-expression. In a way, he remains a quiet connoisseur”.
Curator, Helmut Newton Foundation.
"Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way
we live, what is happening".