Marcin Owczarek is a Belgian protographer fascinated with the influence of new technologies over human life, particulary within urban space.
Owczarek uses photography and collage to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, dreams, new technologies, bio-science, the unconscious, morals, social situations, behaviours, habits, rituals, biological changes, depression in urban environments- which have signicant impact on human life.
I first saw one of Owczarek's images from his Paradise Lost series, which I really affected me. The simple act of adding a mask helped to remove a filter we often have in real life. The series reflects the story in Genesis where Adam and Even ate the forbidden fruit and were banished from Paradise. The fall corrupted the human nature including the entire natural world. Since that moment humankind became mortal, the state of innocence passed away, the present world full of suffering and injustice occured.
These works reflect much of the negative aspects of humanity and reflect current worlds issues and affairs. The rise of the right, the acceptance of poverty and inequality. Owczarek makes you look at these things again simply by skewing the frame with a new mask. The images are often bleak and dark but also provide a new frame of reference to think, which is what all art should do.