KRYSTIAN BIELATOWICZ




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MILPA

MILPA

Krystian Bielatowicz’s Milpa is a story that grew out of a meeting. For almost four years, the author made return trips
to Central America, tracing the footsteps of people whose life is deeply rooted in the local tradition, to produce
a testament to its vitality. At the same time, he witnessed the changes it underwent – the avarice with which
the small communities consume the Western pop culture, the helplessness of being flooded by things “made in China.”

He visited towns and reached villages located high among the mountains. He was there where important religious
festivities took place. He kept company with those who cared about the regular, everyday things – for the shrine
to be adorned with fresh flowers, for the tasty pancakes to be ready for dinner, for the fuel for the fire.

This gallery represents a selection of large-format portraits of persons the author met while traveling through Mexico.
In poses, sometimes holding props, they testify to the questions the author wrestled with while looking at their reality.
Does the fact that you can make a living enacting a tradition help sustain it? What will the word be worth when
the material world around it changes? Is the withering of the link between man and nature only a passing state?
And can facial features preserve something that’s immortal?

In the Nahuatl language, milpa means a plot of corn. All cultures use the word.

Exhibition: PAUZA Gallery in Cracow (Poland); opening: 22.11.2012, 7:00 pm

 









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