Friday, February 06, 2009

Miroslaw Balka 2

a few quotes from Balka's artist talk at the opening:

Q: When did you start to work with salt?
A: When I started to sweat (laughter) or cry, for example.
That's why we corrode in life, because we work with a lot of salt.

"The camera is my vacuum cleaner. I choose these places (Treblinka for example), I clean up the dirt, I look into the bag and I pick out sometimes one sentence out of 60 minutes of footage...That's my function as an artist: Bringing the dignity to the things which are thrown away."

"I am not only a documentarian, I am also sometimes an artist."

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