Justyna Kielbowicz

Dr. Nadia Kelbova, 2016

Kielbowicz is an Irish based artist and graduate of DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Could you tell us about your day to day practice? Do you have a studio? What is your process like; do you shoot digitally or with film? Do you have another job alongside your artistic practice? 

 

I could say that I work everywhere or anywhere. I have a small studio in the house where I live. In my studio, I do a lot of digital postproduction of the images, make installations, experiment and I also paint. I am quite obsessed with photography so I take images at all times, while spending time outdoor or indoor as I believe that all those photographs will evolve into larger projects over time or will inspire me to create projects. I shoot mainly with a digital camera because I find it much cheaper than analog.   

My work Is very diverse as I find subjects of interest in nearly everything around me.  I truly love documentary photography, I am intrigued by nature, humanity and technology and how they overlap, interact or conflict.   

I am concerned about social, political and environmental issues, violence and human rights violations. I try to illuminate these issues in order to provoke people to question what's around us through conceptual projects such as Dr. Nadia Kelbova or Interference. I truly believe that through illuminating these issues and initiating conversations about them, photography can be a guiding light for change.  

I also work as a commercial photographer. This area of photography is also of great interest to me. I undertake projects in areas such as fashion, creating model portfolios and photographing social and family events. I believe that in commercial photography there is still a lot of room for artistic expression and by implementing such the work becomes much more individual and original and that’s what I wish to provide for my clients. As well as photography I love to paint, my style ranges from realism through surrealism to abstract and expressionism depending on my clients' preferences or my mood.  

Nepal 2072, 2015
Nepal 2072, 2015

How did the Nepal 2072 project come about? How did you find working in Nepal? 

 

I had been dreaming about going to Nepal for many years. I thought of making a project about the power of the mountains which shape the climate around the globe and also about its inhabitants whom I am fascinated by.  

After a few years, I finally decided to go ahead with the project, and my dream of going to Nepal became reality. However, news broke that a 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake had struck northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. Seventeen days later a second Earthquake hit Nepal with a 7.3 Magnitude. This catastrophic tragedy claimed over 8,700 lives and affected approximately 8 million people. 

My travel friend Kamila and I had a decision to make as to whether we should continue our trip to Nepal and if so how we could help.

Nepal 2027 is a project that documents the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 (2072 according to Bikrami calendar). It was the biggest tragedy for the nation in 80 years. Thousands of lives have been lost and many families have had their worlds turned upside down. 
Nepal 2072, 2015

We had done research and found that we could travel all the way to the village of Japhe in the Dolakha district in order to provide help to the youngest victims of the Earthquake, so this is what we did. 

Nepal 2072, 2015
Nepal 2072, 2015

Being in Nepal during the aftermath of such an event was deeply moving and taught me a lot about human nature.    

The people of Nepal are humble towards nature, deeply respectful of it and are constantly learning to cooperate with it. They admire its beauty and accept the devastating powers it possesses. Mountain people help each other, forgive and accept. They work hard and are very kind.  

I wanted to find out what were the best ways in which we could help the people of Nepal after returning home so I asked many questions. I found that the best way was to encourage people to visit the country as tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Nepal.  

By visiting this utterly beautiful place we can help to rebuild the cultural heritage, support local craftsmen, mountain guides and the tourist business in general. Unfortunately we cannot take away the pain from those who have lost their loved ones, all we can do is to respect and appreciate what is left and allow time for change.

Nepal 2072, 2015
Dr. Nadia Kelbova, 2016

Since the end of the Second World War and throughout the Cold War, devices have been developed which aim to affect the human nervous system, and ultimately manipulate thinking in society as a whole. In general, little is known about the locations and operations of these weapons of mass mind control and even less is known about the scientists who work tirelessly to counter these insidious technologies.

This project documents the research undertaken by Dr. Nadia Kelbova in the areas of electromagnetic, gravitational and light waves using her Psychotronic Weapon Deflector and her goal of protecting humanity from the sinister influences of these mechanisms of social engineering. 

A mixture of scientific experimentation and performance, interwoven with humour form the key elements of this project. The aim of this work is to investigate the intoxicating authority of the photograph itself and to draw attention to the dangers of credulity.

 How did the project Dr. Nadia Kelbova begin?  

 

My adventure with the project Dr.Nadia Kelbova began when I started to search for alternative methods which could help to heal the human body and mind. While researching I came across a project by Nikola Tesla in which he stressed that some electrical vibrations in the environment are harmful while others can be healing for all living organisms. Tesla understood the therapeutic value of high-frequency vibrations and experimented with oscillating coils in order to find the best frequencies. Based on Tesla's findings many devices were developed and used for medical purposes. Unfortunately, his findings were also used by those who chose and still choose to harm humanity rather than healing by generating negative frequency waves. Since the end of the Second World War and throughout the Cold War, devices have been developed which aim to affect the human nervous system, and ultimately manipulate thinking in society as a whole.  

During my research, I came across a lot of contradictory information and I found it difficult to establish what is truth and what is propaganda. That’s when I met  Dr. Nadia Kelbova and I began to document her work with the Psychotronic Weapon Deflector and her goal of protecting humanity from the sinister influences of these mechanisms of social engineering.  

Dr. Nadia Kelbova, 2016

There seems to be a vast difference between the work of Nepal 2072 and Dr.Nadia Kelbova, mostly I think it is the difference is between documentary and fiction, how do you find working in these different fields? Do they inform each other? do they conflict? 

 

Indeed Nepal 2072 and Dr. Nadia Kelbova are two completely different projects. Nepal 2072 documents the aftermath of the earthquake.   

Dr Nadia Kelbova is a conceptual, research based project and is not necessarily fictional but aims to ask questions rather than answer them. The viewers decide what they see in this project whereas in Nepal 2072 the viewer is the witness.   

These two projects don’t inform or conflict with each other although while I was researching for Dr.Nadia Kelbova I came across tools developed in order to create earthquakes and thus I started to question reality. In this sense, there are correlations between the two.  

With regard to working in different fields, I enjoy experimenting with different genres of photography and painting; this way I am constantly learning and evolving. 

Dr. Nadia Kelbova, 2016

Upcoming:

10/08/17- 03/09/17

Solo exhibition: Dr. Nadia Kelbova,

South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Ireland

Open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 17pm 

 

15/09/17

Artists Speaking, Get Together 2017, Visual Artists Ireland

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

 

 

Web: justynakielbowicz.com

 

Email: justynaphotography@gmail.com