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View of “Szymon Rogiński: One Eyed Jacks,” 2015.


Szymon Rogiński

ul. Kredytowa 9/ 26 (entrance from pl. Dąbrowskiego 8)
September 25–November 22

Szymon Rogiński is a photographer best-known for his works shot at night, such as his “Poland Synthesis” series, 2003–2006, for which he used car headlights, as well as more elaborate lighting systems, to extract from the Polish nocturnal landscape shabby roads, crucifixes, quirky houses, and motels. To date, his large-scale depictions have been hung on the white walls of galleries. This mode of display has emphasized his works’ aesthetic character. However, in this exhibition, which delves deeper into the dark heart of his photographs and their American origins, Rogiński’s pieces are submerged in the dark blue and pink lights of the venue—a former gentlemen’s club, with the suggestive name Libido, and now operating as a temporary location for Piktogram gallery.

Rogiński photographed a road trip for the series “USA,” 2001, and the subject of journeying was further developed in his “Poland Synthesis” and “Borderlands” series, 2014, the latter two of which are here on view. The title of the show, “One Eyed Jacks,” not only makes a clear reference to the name of the casino-cum-brothel near the Canadian border in the television series Twin Peaks but it also points to the uncanny character of the photographs on display, which give us a mysterious no-man’s-land just as unsettling as David Lynch’s series.