5Q2 - Marie Lukasiewicz

In April 2021, we talked to Marie Lukasiewicz in our format 5 questions to (5Q2), where we ask the artists of our Instagram takeovers about the work they show, their influences and upcoming plans.

Marie Lukasiewicz

Marie Lukasiewicz is a Paris-based artist. She is committed in a reflection on current environmental issues. In her recent works she blends both documentary and fictional narratives, using scientific research and the aura of a scientific aesthetic. She plays with irony to create an ambiguity that questions the truth. She builds multi-layered projets, working with severals medias, as photography, video, object, sound recording and text.


FOTOTREFF: Did you encounter a special challenge while working on the project you’re showing?

MARIE LUKASIEWICZ: Yes, when I started to work on coral bleaching, my first idea was to invent a cosmetic product made from coral. In order to be sarcastic and to create something impossible. Because coral are dying we couldn’t make such a product. But then I found that these kind of products already exist ! I was astonished, how could we do that… Reality exceeds fiction ! So I decided to use it and i think my work is even more relevant from it.

FT: Is there a photographer or artist who influenced you in a particular way?

ML: Yes I’m a big fan of Joan Fontcuberta. We can feel it in my work.
I love his sarcastic tone, and the blending between reality and fiction that push the viewer to question himself. Encourage people to use their own critical sense is essential I thing.

FT: Which (photo) book should everybody own (or you would like to have?

ML: I don’t have one favorite photo book. I like to buy some after seing a nice exhibition. « Some windy trees » Vincent Delbrouck is a very nice book that I bought after seing the show in Paris. But I also love and collect books of ironic projects, like « extreme tourism » from Thomas Mailaender or « Miracles and Cie » from Joan Fontcuberta.

FT: Can you recommend an exhibition we should go and see right away?

ML: Sorry but these days every museum is close and I don’t really enjoy online exhibitions.

FT: Have you started working on a new project? Any beans to spill?

ML: I wanted to continue « Beyond Coral White » with another layer. I started to work on archives, but I just had a baby, so right now I don’t have a lot of time to work on. I’ll continue in a few.

Thank you very much for this short interview and your takeover.

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