The Decaying Stars by Patrik Wallner
Patrik Wallner has now been documenting skateboarding in the least expected regions of the globe for well over a decade with a crew working on projects labeled under the Visualtraveling umbrella. 10,000 kilometers, released in 2010, was their first full-length filmed and featured skateboarders on a journey from Moscow to Hong Kong solely via the Transiberian railway, getting acquainted on the way with the unique architecture in cities in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China; since then, newer projects have focused on South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka), Central Asia (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan), North India (Allahabad, New Delhi), the Eurasian peninsula, but also more familiar destinations such as Japan and Russia.
Patrik’s new show The Decaying Stars a mixed media exhibition including black and white analog photography & folded banknotes (Paper trails) essentially is one more extension of this general documentary effort into different medium, consisting in the result of the collection, curation and fusion of most every country’s banknotes to the visual rhythm of identified patterns, arranged to the point of a new singularity. To TransWorld SKATEboarding Magazine, Patrik explains:
With the digital age rapidly approaching, making banknotes obsolete, I have turned my ultimate souvenir-hoarding of currencies into a multifaceted art project creating motifs and patterns to please the eyes. I am donating half of the proceeds to Skateboarding N.G.O’s such as Salad Days, Pushing Myanmar, Make Life Skate Life and Cuba Skate which build skateparks and provide skateboards and education to skate communities in harder to reach areas of this planet.
After some initial displays in Hong Kong and New York City, it is with great pleasure that we can announce Vladimir 2022 will be hosting the first ever exhibition of Paper trails in Europe. Patrik also will be showing a short documentary film about skateboarding in Cuba, and skateboarding N.G.O. Cuba Skate. For more info, please feel free to refer to Filip’s interview with Patrik, somewhere amidst those pages; and either way, see you at the bowling.