Diana Lelonek, from the series Zoe-therapy, 2015

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Diana Lelonek


Born in 1988, graduate of the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the University of Arts in Poznań. Currently working as an assistant professor in the 7th Studio of Intermedia Photography. Her practice is based on photography, combined with other media. She is interested in activities related to BioArt and in her works often draws on postcolonial themes. Lelonek won several international competitions, among others: Show Off during the Photomonth Festival in Cracow and ReGeneration 3 at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland. Her works appear, among others, in the collection of the Museum of Photography in Lausanne.

Zoe-teraphy can be treated as a shock therapy of a kind, but also as a sophisticated act of vengeance, a Vendetta carried out with biological weapons, systematically and with scientifc precision. The battle is fought with colonies of microbes: fungi and bacteria. Thee enemies seem tangible; however, these black and white representations of classical philosophers, authors of fundamental works within European humanstic thought, are only a substitute of the real target. The images symbolise the actual object of the attack: the extremely complex philosophical, anthropocentric and hierarchical vision of human history, as well as the dualist concept of a world divided into the allegedly wonderful culture and the idyllic nature, the powerful human beings and organisms inferior to them, the wretched body and the perfect spirit, the good familiar things and the bad alien ones.