Echoes Shades by Piotr Zbierski
How does a culture express and communicate their ancestral connections to nature? In Echoes Shades, Piotr Zbierski turns his camera to focus on a number of different communities around the world; paying homage to their unique ceremonies and daily rituals that act as a bridge between their material reality and spiritual beliefs.
Using a number of different photographic tools, the artist develops an impressionist visual diary that reflects on his global travels and multi-cultural exchanges. Zbierski has documented shamanistic rituals in Siberia, worked closely with the Omo Vallery River tribes in Ethiopia and has experienced first hand the remembrance ceremonies for the dead practiced by the Toraja, an ethnic group indigenous to the mountainous region of South Sulawsi Indonesia. He has witnessed the ways in which the tribe’s ancestral relationship to nature provides a powerful driving force in all of these cultures.
Zbierski uses the temporal and material nature intrinsic to photography in his artistic practice as a tool to translate his experiences of these seasonal rituals; through his imagery he explores an in-between spiritual world that provides clues to a deeper understanding of the origins of these different groups and their connections to nature. Echoes Shades is not a concrete document about a place and time, but more an impressionistic response to humans as part of the animal species.