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Pavel Banka

Ceiling #VIII Fotografie



Pavel Banka | *1941 | Prag, Tschechische Republik | Intonation 2010

Mansfield

...the walls were painted in bright colors. It was precisely these bright colors that interested me. I photographed them as pictures framed by the stripes of floor and ceiling, sometimes using the side walls as well. Then I looked upwards, to the ubiquitous horizons of the bedridden children - a view intimate and familiar to me from my childhood, when my mother made me lie in bed for days on end, sweating out a cold; in the desperate boredom of such days I counted the spots on the ceiling.

In Mansfield, however, my camera idealized these scenes through its longing for symmetry. The view of the sick child, its head in the exact center of the room. Emptiness. Waiting.