Andrzej Maciejewski: Garden of Eden | Portfolio

Our society created naïve approach to the nature, glorifying its fertility and opulence. In same time our civilization harnessed and enslaved it. From the paintings of old masters to modern commercials, we still get the same picture of “natural”, healthy and beautiful fruits and vegetables, but the truth is that we are slowly destroying whatever is left of nature on our planet for the sake of money and comfort. The fruits and vegetables in the supermarkets, numbered and labeled, certified and standardized, are very good example. The 21st century society has created new Garden of Eden, where everything looks perfect and flawless. But many things, like the taste, the singularity and often even the humanity, have been lost during this process. My intention was to inspire a discussion on our relationship with the nature and the direction of our civilization.

“Garden of Eden” is a series of 24 still-life photographs, inspired by old masters of painting, but showing our modern fruits and vegetables, bought in the supermarket, with label stickers, or wrapped in plastic. The titles consist of the PLU number and country of origin.The photographs were taken with Sinar view camera, on large format (4x5 inches) colour transparencies.

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