The term “anthropology” was coined by German philosopher Magnus Hundt in 1501. Humanity’s origins, its history, its societal “constructs” are a few of the questions the field of anthropology seeks to understand and document. Seeking answers that are at the very foundation of human existence. One aspect of the field that shines to any generation is the artistry of any particular period of human culture. From the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings to the modern Gursky print, they each lends itself to a contemporary man, a sliver of insight into times past.
Where a traditional anthropologist would study and document the past, Marcin Owczarek is creating and presenting poignant messages. His photography presents his perceptions of the human condition; emphasizing the imperfections of mankind, and capitalizing on the dehumanization he sees of the world. His work decries the human abandonment of nature, its insatiable appetite for material things, and its institutional thought homogenization.