Sylvia Rybak

Sylvia Rybak

Sylvia Rybak is a 19 year old photographer from Warsaw, now living and studying in Berlin, who turns kitsch into art. By meticulously building unique sets inspired by small absurdities she sees in everyday life she explores the unconscious and the absurd in a very instagrammable way.

In Sylvia Rybak’s photographic world humans are reduced to something purely visual. She playfully arranges isolated body parts, like hands, alongside other objects. “I am mainly inspired by things that are considered kitsch and explore them as aesthetic phenomena, similarly like in the Camp aesthetic sensibility. Sometimes just one object triggers a whole range of ideas, for example an ashtray I found in the flea market inspired me to make a whole series about pseudo-glamour and beauty”, she explains.  

Creating art is a way for her to escape reality. Sylvia carefully collects all ideas that appears in her head and when she has a free moment she returns to those ideas and implement them using photography. “I spend much more time preparing the concept and composition of the photographs than actually making them. I always have every element of the photograph prepared before I enter the studio and I treat photography as a way of documenting my ideas more often than as a separate artistic device”.

"Onset" at First Amendment Gallery

"Onset" at First Amendment Gallery

Interview: Sara Genn

Interview: Sara Genn