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This Is Where the End of Cities Begins.

Photographs by Agnieszka Rayss.
Sputnik Photos, 2016. 80 pp., 34 color illustrations, 7¾x12¼".



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'I get off at the final stop, Google maps in hand. It’s getting dark. You can still vaguely see the city, here and there you can catch a glimpse of the Palace of Culture and some skyscrapers, but this area is a place of a different kind. A small cosmos, bound by train tracks, old fences, power plant blocks. The train tracks run through the thicket. There is a stream behind a barrier of shrubs; abandoned plastic bags and bottles reflect the light and glisten like Christmas tree baubles.

'I am looking for the skeleton of the city; I am wandering around spaces quite close to inhabited areas – if measured by physical distances. But this was a parallel reality; forgotten, visited by special request only. Each day it looks different, depending on the weather, the time of the day and season.

'Evening strolls around the menial outskirts turned from a search for the industrial Warsaw into a venture into the hyperreality, strangely close to outer space, only with gravity. In daytime, the lunar craters could turn out to be heaps of gravel, and the spaceship – a prosaic part of a sewage treatment plant, or a water intake. Fortunately, everyday life has no access to this parallel reality, where dampness and dusk distort the shapes. You can stay on another planet.' — Agnieszka Rayss

Edition of 350. Designed by Ania Nalecka.

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