Szymon Kobusiński’s Flores project is a visual meditation and reflection on the nature of memory. At the same time, the piece itself, as well as the process of its creation, are the artist’s own way of dealing with grief over moments lost that, unappreciated in due time, have waned and faded into the chaos of memory. Superimposed on those moments is the noise of passing time, which transforms them and, perhaps, lends them a different form.
Flowers as an object of artistic observation become the symbolic matter of this theme. They come from all sorts of events in which the artist participated or which he witnessed: family celebrations, funerals, official events. However, in the photographs themselves, their relation to specific events is irrelevant. They are a tool, like the water motif, a long-standing trademark of Kobusiński’s work. In this case, the artist uses it metaphorically, as a prism of time, but also literally, as a means to create images that are spontaneous and resist absolute control. At its core, this photographic tactic is intended to trigger retrospection and intensify one’s impressions. Turning to his essential aesthetics, the artist revives and archives his own emotions, at the same time grants them a universal character.