‘On his Japanese journey, Łukasz Rusznica chose spirits and other supernatural creatures as his guides. He asked them for help in mapping a new territory, and appears to have received an additional gift: a discovery about oneself and one’s own background, which seems to be the actual journey here: a more signi cant one than conquering purely physical distance.
Along with the evolution of societies, rising unpredictability, mobility and dependence on technologies, the folk spirituality evolves into lived spirituality – one which may appear unorthodox, but relies on direct experience and presence of the divine element in common surroundings.’
‘When travelling to Japan, I knew that I wanted to photograph the Yokai — the monsters of Japanese legend, but above all I was open to the experience. Photography came as the result of working in new surroundings; it was the end process of meeting people and building relationships — this is surely why so many of the pictures (and the intimate ones in particular) are of my friends or the people who trusted me — of humane people. The non-human world is more than a background or visual ller; it is of equal importance. I understood that what interested me most here was nature whatever is subject to biological, chemical, and physical processes — whatever exists, grows old, and decays. This series enquires about the whole — how unful lled we feel and how we seek a way out. This was the origin of Subterranean River.’
Publishers: Palm Studios & Foundation for Visual Arts Partner: Art & Innovation Space Foundation Photography: Łukasz Rusznica
Text: Olga Drenda
Design: Grupa Projektor (Joanna Jopkiewicz)
23,5 cm x 31 cm
ISBN 978-83-62978-35-9 First edition 500 copies
Łukasz Rusznica is a Polish photographer and curator. He graduated from Cultural Studies of the University of Wrocław. He is an author of a few photobooks i.e. “Near, Infra”, “European Eyes on Japan vol. 18”, “The Most Important I Do Not Tell You At All”, intimate and strong queer book designed by Thomas Schostock. He is a winner of ShowOFF section of the Krakow Photomonth Festival in 2012 and WARTO 2015 Award. In 2016 he was selected to take part in European Eyes on Japan. In 2017 he was a winner of best portfolio in Krakow Photomonth Festival. His book Subterranean river was shortlisted on Unseen Dummy Award 2017. Lukasz runs a photography gallery “Miejsce przy Miejscu 14” dedicated to promoting emerging photographers from Poland and abroad.