Jan Brykczyński is a Polish photographer and a founding partner of Sputnik Photos, an international collective of photographers that focuses on transformations taking place in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states. In his practice he uses camera lans as a medium to reveal rural sites and the complex relationship between man and nature.
Presented body of work is a beautiful visual narration on urban farming, entitled The Gardener. As to present the project in a direct way, we give voice to the artist himself.
„Urban farming has a long established tradition in history of human beings. In the times prosperity it is regarded more as a leisure activity. It develops and intensifies in times of food crisis. Today the healthy food shortages become a global problem. It touches low-income communities of both developing and developed world. I have photographed the city dwellers of New York, Nairobi, Warsaw and Yerevan who uses all kind of reused materials in order to build the farming sights. I am particularly interested in the ways one can arrange space and though in structures that were created spontaneously for cultivation. In some places they were an expression of individual imagination and the inventiveness of their creators Surprising similarities between these gardens on different continents shows that the might also be emanations derived form the collective consciousness of humanity.”