Alicja Dobrucka

Untitled #13, Nico series, 2016/2020


56 x 46 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP, number 1 of 5


This Monochrome portrait from Alicja Dobrucka’s Nico series, shows one of the characters from the bar the series takes its title from. ‘Untitled #13′, shows the same figure as ‘Untitled #3′ from the series. Yet this time the artist uses the shadow in a different way. The figure is now captured from the front. The light delicately catches and illuminates his features, as though they are coming out of the shadows. The face and hands are also illuminated, while the rest of the figure is in the dark.

The work is similarly linked to the images of the streets in this series. These are likewise inhabited by shadows and darkness. Alicja looks to Tanizaki’s meditation of the enigmatic and sensual power of the light at night in these works. This photograph captures that.