In Reservoir, I used found imagery – inherited negatives of my late father – alongside photographs taken by me. I attempted to test the meaning of a photographic image and its currency. I have not indicated the authorship of each image in order to test viewers’ perception and leave it to their interpretation. A reservoir of images; photographs taken in different times and geographic locations by different photographers in varied contexts, were brought together to create new narratives. The work addresses themes of alienation and displacement. Reservoir exists as an exhibition where different narratives remain open and also as a physical book with a set sequence.
Jolanta Dolewska (b.1979) is a Polish-British artist based in Glasgow. Dolewska graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art after receiving a first class BA honours degree in Documentary Photography from University of Wales, Newport. She has exhibited in the UK and Ireland and internationally in Italy, Switzerland and South Korea. Dolewska was awarded Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, The Photographers’ Gallery Award, was shortlisted for The Source-Cord Prize and RSA Morton Award. Her artist book Reservoir has been shortlisted at Dummy Award Kassel. Dolewska’s work was published in Uncertain States, The Drouth and Source Photographic Review.