The destructuring, and the tearing of the paper with the wear of the weather, caught the attention of Kasia Wandycz during her photographic reports and her walks in town.
By observing this material displayed in advertising or political propaganda, by tracing a path like a reporter’s card in “flaneur” mode, she captured its new graphic forms, documenting the passage of time. Aragon, described with nostalgia in Le Paysan de Paris, the structure of the Parisian city impacted by the arrival of contemporary boulevards. Challenged by its poetry, its flush textures and its unexpected colors, the desire to bring this patinated paper back to life seemed obvious to her. Make its beauty appear in its decomposition by reframing, capturing the light, with its personal imprint. Divert the original message to give free rein to a new interpretation.
The year 2020, particularly trying in its suspended time, allowed her to focus more on this noble material and to better observe the displayed, torn paper.
Through her works, Kasia Wandycz pays homage to paper by emphasizing its letters of nobility in a world increasingly oriented towards the smooth and sanitized screen. Its documentation puts into perspective the future of paper, the role it plays in our lives and highlights the technological overconsumption that destroys our ecosystem in an even more frightening way. The series entitled PAPER has been ongoing since 2015.
Of Polish origin, Kasia Wandycz was born in the United States. After graduating with a B.A. specializing in graphic art at Connecticut College, Connecticut, USA, she continued her studies in painting at the Academy of Plastic Arts in Krakow, Poland. She lives in Paris, France, and was a photojournalist for Paris Match magazine for over 25 years.