Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)

Ahram Weekly

“Internet Lies”

“Internet Lies”
“Internet Lies”

“Internet Lies”, the title of Wiktor Dyndo’s solo exhibition at Misr gallery, refers to the circulation of images depicting recent events and global issues. In the book The Information Bomb, Paul Virilio paraphrases Francis Fukuyama’s well-known statement about the end of history and presents a thesis about the end of geography. Distances have ceased to have relevance and the information along with the photographs which illustrate the news are instantly available.

Dyndo situates global events depicted in the mass media in new contexts. Real objects are presented in a simplified way: one has the impression of looking at excerpts of television news or photographs taken from daily newspapers.

The artist makes use of dichotomies and antagonisms, which manifest themselves in various kinds of subject matter and extreme colour schemes. Each painting reflects media images and their readiness to be perceived on the same footing, regardless of whether they are of a murder committed by ISIS, the Ebola epidemic, or global warming.

In these paintings, Dyndo poses questions about the credibility of photography as well as the influence images have on viewers’ perceptions and interpretations of particular events, raising concerns about the effects of both information chaos and visual intrusion leading to generalisations and superficial thinking.

Born in 1983 in Poland, Dyndo earned his MA in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2007. He also earned a scholarship to study at the painting department of Helwan University in 2005.

The exhibition is on until 15 November

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