Kinga Kielcynska is a Polish photographer.
This photographic series puts together the different elements that document the existence of a sacred cult living in the primeval Polish forest. This cult represents an eco-terrorist movement that opposes Darwinist theory. They believe people evolved from plants and they are trying to reverse evolution by living like them. Turning their backs on human civilization, they live in houses made of growing plants. They ritualistically celebrate the forest and communicate with plants using electromagnetic fields. Knowing that plants can read minds, they demonstrate their gratitude for the wisdom of plants by creating altars and serene musical performances.
The modern human no longer sees nature as a domain where one can simply walk under trees. Rather, people today consider nature as an abstract system of impersonal processes, powers, and resources. It is seen as something we can dominate. We keep it submissive to our personal needs and desires. We live in a culture where everything needs to be controlled and fully accessible, where the unknown has become a flaw, and tradition has become redundant. By limiting ourselves to information based purely on science, we have lost our mystical knowledge.
We have created a world of maximum visibility, one in which, in the absence of shadows we are completely naked. Optimum visibility has resulted in unlimited consumption. The multitude of simultaneously occurring events and phenomena–especially the continuous flow of novelty–causes the modern human to behave in a confused and chaotic manner. The possibility of endless choices has become a curse. Within the potential of these never ending possibilities lives the lonely individual who desires reunification with an un-shattered community. Our collective consciousness has been neglected. The modern individual has lost his cosmic, moral certainty and his mythical center. He fills this spiritual void by appropriating substitutes in the hope that his lost sense of self will be rediscovered.
In the shadow of the culture we create–a culture that doesn’t exist–emerges the mystical symbiosis of the human as nature. The idea of regression as an attitude creates a new order of development. Believers in the forest cult want to be ruled by the natural and organic order of the laws of nature. Believers in this cult don’t create; but rather, they attract, combine, and distribute what already is. They don’t want to control; rather, they want to be controlled.