Dłubak photographed matzevot (Jewish tombstones) featuring the motif of hands in the spread-fingered gesture of priestly blessing at the Jewish Cemetery at Okopowa Street in Warsaw. Like other motifs relief-carved on a tombstone, the blessing gesture (Hebrew: Birkat ha-kohanim) attests to the deceased person’s social status or profession – in this case it is a priest or a person serving at a synagogue. Dłubak juxtaposed the matzevot photographs with a series of images of hands, shown, like in "Gesticulations", against a black background. In one of the photographs the fingers are spread in the same manner as in the Jewish blessing gesture. But within the sequence the gesture is not performative – the hands do not bless.
The "Desymbolizations" series includes also photographs of paintings by Jan Matejko, Jacek Malczewski or Jankiel Adler, among others, which Dłubak took from various angles in order to achieve an effect of distortion. Juxtaposed into series, the photographs provoke questions about the possibility of a spatial reading of the flat photograph and flat painting, about the status of the space and perspective present in the work itself and those generated by the moving viewer. The questions Dłubak raises are far from exploring the paintings’ symbolic meanings or the patriotic values ascribed to them. The black-and-white photographs represent only fragments of paintings, analyzing modes of vision within variable perspectives, trying to come up with new meanings for compositions that seem semantically inflexible.