Daniel Hojnacki

Daniel Hojnacki lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BA in from Columbia College Chicago. Daniel Hojnacki’s work is driven by experimental exploration investigating themes of time and memory. Meandering between the public and private domestic space, Hojnacki’s photographic work attempts to create physical interpretations of the past through minute details left behind in the world. Daniel Hojnacki’s practice is persistent on creating works that speak to the inherent role photography plays in how our spaces and memories are collected, remembered, and forgotten. Hojnacki’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago,IL), Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Milwaukee, WI), Tormenta Gallery (La Plata, Argentina), ‘Untitled’ Art Space (Vancouver, BC), Johalla Projects (Chicago, IL), Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago, IL), The Franklin (Chicago, IL). Hojnacki’s body of work “Where House Used to Be” will be presented in the exhibition “Furtive” with the Chicago Cultural Center Feb. 2nd- April 7th.

Where House Used to Be

“Where House Used to Be”, reflects on the universal memories of the space we call “home”. This project uses personal archives as a catalyst to express a fascination into visualizing how the house is remembered and forgotten. Through an inherited box of photographs by my grandmother, I was introduced to the obsessively detailed time of my great grandparents home in Bear Lake, FL between 1967-1984. Constructed and built before my time, this body of work combines the archive of the past with recent photographs I made during a visit to the house my great grandparents built in 2017. Reminiscing on our collective evolution of memory and the persistence of the reality to those memories over passing time, “Where House Used to Be” is a collection of mysterious and uncanny images, attempting to evoke a sense of time and place without clearly calling it out. Meandering between fact and fiction, this body of work attempts to not simply tell the story of one home but to evoke the lasting, yet inevitable fading memory of the homes we were raised in, born in, moved from and into.

To view more of Daniel Hojnacki’s work please visit his website.