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Displacement, Flight, Isolation, Fragmentation. Fleeting disassociation. These are the groundbreaking photographic tropes established by Robert Frank in his landmark book The Americans. Now, more than four decades later, the same ground is rediscovered - again from an immigrant's status, but more tightly focused: that of the all too well known city of cities, New York. Polish-born Zulawinski came to these shores shortly after the Wall fell and began shooting. He dived head first into the rushing torrents of peopled movement, pausing long enough to silce exquisitely rendered compositions from its torric daily flow. Much like Frank before him, Zulawinski rabs the uncommon moment - a thoughtless hand gesture, a temporal fiick of light, a carnival-of-the-streets grotesquerie - and sews them in fashion, American-like, to form a lyrical sequence of imagistic melancholy, surprise and abancon. The sum is wanderlust redux, albeit from a perspective 40 years wiser, but as many years still lost.
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Swavo Zulawinski is the recipient of the Andrea Frank Foundation Grant and his photographs are in the collection of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Born in Lodz/Poland, Zulawinski now lives in Brooklyn. Robert Frank is the author of The Americans, arguably the most famous photography book of all time. His other books include the National Gallery of Art catalogue-cum-artist's book Moving Out. His films include Pull My Daisy, with jack Kerouac and Cocksucker Blues, with The Rolling Stones. Philip Brookman is curator for photography and media art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
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