Installation in situ. Cellar Gallery, Krakow, Poland.
Latent Image - a visual process of entropy and [dis]appearance. Narrative that resonates around concepts of memory and loss, traces, remains and time. Mind map imagery: internal recording of place and time and its visual translation into a tangible image. In photographic technology the term latent image means an invisible image produced by the exposure of the film to light. In a development process the latent image forms a visible (perceptible) and tangible image. Latent image is image located or oscillating somewhere between visible and invisible, completely transparent - stopped in its being (existence/appearance). It is there, but exists in a zone which is inaccessible to our senses, losing its essential foundation and immanent/inherent quality for its existence - visibility.
A point of departure in that project was question of ontology of a photographic image – a reflection on its existence, which is conditioned / determined by light. The light, which physically creates, but also destroys, annihilates any image (trace/form) written/recorded on a light-sensitive emulsion. The main issue/topic/concern of that project is to examine relations between phenomena of light sensitivity, perception, and memory processes. From that perspective a photographic process becomes a metaphor of the memory processes.
The project is a visual trial examining a relation between an image recorded in our mind and its functioning/existence in our memory - as a memory trace - a latent image. Recollection - an image unwittingly and often unconsciously recorded and retained in our memory - is an organic form, exposed to fading and passing of time. Memory picture - just as a latent image recorded on a photo emulsion – is fragile perishable and insubstantial, subject to fade and disappear. It is a potential (possible) image – secret (hidden) record of a reality which is gone, a latent trace of its passed presence.