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happy wednesday!

I want to dedicate my blog to my friend Sunny Pratt, whose Happy Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday always has placed unconditional smile on my face.
About the author: Polish born, studied photography at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, currently based in Europe. Interested in art, nature and people.
All works by ©Monika Sala unless stated otherwise.
Justyna
Dawid & Justyna

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“Human Traces” #1, South Poland

“Human Traces” #2, Central Park – New York City

“Human Traces” #3, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, NY

“Human Traces” #4, Will you marry me?

“Human Traces” #5 Mannahatta

"sisterhood" #2
"sisterhood" #1
Photo by Monika Sala
Public art has always been the area of my interest. While being in Berlin I stepped upon a large installation designed by Peter Eisenman. Located within a few steps from US Embassy, Eisenman’s installation appears literally as a borderless field of concrete. This maze like installation invites an ordinary passer-by to walk through the myriad of rectangular columns.
“As I step in, I instantly become absorbed by the regular grid of the concrete blocks.  The feeling of symmetry diminishes abruptly as my feet touch an uneven ground that fluctuates in its own flow. I start walking faster and make sudden turns. Sometimes I catch a shadow of another person that quickly disappears in the corners of the maze. Not so warm September air becomes moist and almost tangible as the human voices, longing callings that soften in the distance fill up the air. It reminds me a little the feeling associated with walking through Richard Serra’s large-scale metal sculptures. Likewise in Serra’s work I am entirely immersed by the internal energy of Eisenman installation. I open up myself and let it guide me.”
Rabbit à la Berlin

Earlier this year I went to New York’s Moma to see “Rabbit à la Berlin”, an unusual form of documentary by Polish filmmakers Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski, made with collaboration with Germany. Based on the canvas of history, “Rabbit à la Berlin” tells a captivating story of humans seen through the eyes of animals. At the first glimpse, this documentary unfolds as a kind of nature film about the wild rabbits leaving in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the strip of land within the two walls becomes their safest enclave: full of grass, without predators, and with guards protecting them from human disturbance. Rabbits live their fairy tale like lives, and though enclosed they stay happy. When their population grows to thousands they mange to survive extermination. But the worst is about to come when the wall fells down, and rabbits are forced to abandon comfortable system. One cannot be easily mislead that this seemingly utopian rabbits tale implies the allegory to parallel history of East Berliners, likewise all people who lived behind the Iron Curtain in totalitarian system in Eastern Europe. People like animals tend to get used leaving in enclave and even manage to have normal, happy lives under regime. And when this given so-called order becomes broken, they have to learn how to embrace newly discovered freedom. “Rabbit à la Berlin” has a brilliantly done plot that merges archival materials with newly shot scenes of rabbits. Narrated in Hoch Deutsch contrasted with informal dialects gives a serious-humoristic attitude similar to the antique tragic-comedy.    

Seeing “Rabbit à la Berlin” was a memorable experience for me as I watched it with my good Turkish friend, born in Germany. We both enjoyed it very much. For me it wasn’t only a reminder of resent past but a tribute to freedom.