Piotr Piasta: The Realm of Forgotten Existence

Online Exhibition

Piotr Piasta: The Realm of Forgotten Existence

5 single screen films

Piotr Piasta, a filmmaker and a photographer from the Wieniawa district of Poland, was our artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University in 2014 & 15.

Piotr's artwork explores themes of history, time and memory often within a rural context and he is particularly interested in ageing within rural communities and the stories and memories of older people. Ageing rural populations is a growing concern in rural areas, with social exclusion and isolation too often being part of growing old for many in the countryside.

During his residency Piotr has spent time with older people in Berwick, listening to stories about life in the town and using this to inform a series of oral history interviews with older people – many who have lived in Berwick all their life.

The resulting series of five short films combine these interviews with archive material from Berwick Record Office and new film footage of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Northumberland shot by the artist, in an attempt to interpret these stories

While the images in the films reveal a landscape that often seems unchanged, the narrative reveals fragments of forgotten stories and traditions, skills and working lives nolonger of value in today’s society.





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