Interview with the Polish artist, Jakub Rozalski.
What’s the background of this image?
Landmines comes from a series I completed between 2010-2011 titled Senbazuru.
In Japan there is a tradition known as “Senbazuru” (literally 1000 cranes) that states, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a single wish by the gods. The cranes are usually strung together, and hung on the outer walls of a temple, where they slowly decay as they are exposed to the elements. It is believed that the sacrificed cranes will then carry the wish up to heaven, for the gods to receive.
I am an impatient American, so I decided to burn mine.
Between the 2 images from your last series, did you really waited in the desert for the sunset to come and the colors to change?
Yes that was it. The second is an early night shot which is possible to do when its full moon. I do it often but usually choose one of the two, but this time i had the feeling they could look well together if hanged next to each other.
Do you think the planet will be a better place with less humans on it?
The problems of climate change, disruption to essential ecosystems, species extinction, and conflicts between states and tribes threaten the quality of life for even the richest nations and put into question our long term survival. All of this compounded by growing numbers of people on earth. I think there is no question that for future generations, life on earth and what we know as “nature” will be very different from what it is today. We have to question how much we value the earth’s beauty and diversity, its natural systems, and what kind of world we want for the future.
Philip Govedare – Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA