Far from here, where darkness lies 15 November - 21 November 2021
“(...) to reclaim perspective in a universe
Where science and wisdom are no longer valued
to escape talking heads who pontificate ceaselessly
on screens large and small,
generating more heat than enlightenment
While I remain bewildered in darkness.”
"darkness and light"
In the Western societies, we perceive darkness as a threat.
It is associated with blindness, fear, mystery, evil, something out
These negative connotations create fundaments for the reality
where the levels of light pollution rise fastest in the history of the
Earth, simultaneously with the overly rationalised, dominating,
patriarchal ways of thinking.
I observe a dangerous tendency to value dry facts over instincts,
dominance over sensitivity.
With the rising levels of light pollution levels of melatonin in blood
gets dangerously low, species crucial for the ecosystem die out
and starry nights are no longer present in our lives. We're losing
the darkness, and with that darkness we're losing our instincts
My first experience of starry nights brings the feelings of nostalgia
and childhood memories.
The story began as an investigation of
light pollution, but became a personal investigation of looking for
what's lost. It's a story of fears to be tamed, of a primal desire to
get closer to something universal, bigger than myself, and hope
that the narrative can be turned around.
Emilia Martin (b.1991, Poland) is a photographer and artist currently based in the
Hague, the Netherlands.
Her interests revolve around identity, ownership and belonging.
She is one of the creators behind the Photography & Society, a podcast which
explores the culture behind the medium of photography, its ethics, dangers and
entanglement within a bigger political universe.
She holds diplomas in linguistic studies and British and American literature,
which serves as a strong influence in her artistic practice.
Emilia chooses to work on long term personal projects, where she regards trust,
connection, intimacy, curiosity and ethics to be the key factors.