[ EPF 2013 SHORTLIST ]
Few times a year I am collaborating with Kunterbunt, a travel agency for mentally and/or physically disabled people.
Situated in southern Germany it offers around 60 trips a year of various kind and destinations while strongly focusing on a respectful and easy approach towards the individual. Based on this philosophy the disabled people are allowed to find themselves in the very rare occasion where usual structures, borders and roles defining their everyday life no longer exist. Whether they are able do it consciously or not, for a while they can experience a freedom and room for self-expression that every person is deeply longing for.
Being on the road and documenting their time is a unique opportunity to gain insight into a world unknown to most of us. It is easy to fill a book with the countless experiences of every trip but what remains so special for me is the real honesty I had been confronted with. So refreshingly different from ‘our’ life the disabled don’t or better mostly don’t wear masks, they simply are themselves. Their inner child can be very inspiring and reminding us of our own one.
Piotr Pietrus was born in Poland and livesand works in Berlin. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, in 2008.
After a stamping stay in Bologna in 2005, Piotr has started to work with photography. From 2008 until 2011 he had been attending the masterclass of Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule, Berlin.
2009/2010 Piotr has worked as an assistant for fashion photographer Benjmin Kaufmann.
With a strong focus on his personal projects Piotr has exhibited work in Berlin, Hamburg and the Photomonth in Krakow among others.