All posts tagged: Poland

Wojciech Zamecznik, Photo-Graphics

Briefly Noted Warsaw, Zachęta – Natonal Galery of Art Wojciech Zamecznik, Photo-Graphics Photography and film combine the features of the biological and the technological eye, and perhaps thanks to that they are able to merge two models of knowledge–the optical, which is deemed passive, with the participatory one. It could be asserted that for Wojciech Zamecznik, photography and film were ways of being in the world and the tools for changing it. Therefore, that which supports the hegemony of seeing–photography, perceived as the “witness” or “trace”–becomes a tool for its deconstruction or gradual modification. Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, The Power of Seeing /’

I’ve been here; I hope the same for you, Henryk Tomaszewski, Warsaw

I do not have patience to admire beauty in itself–skilful eye or hand. I prefer failure to mastered perfection… I am not interested in showing-off accomplished forms anymore. I enjoy, instead, playing with a language I do not know yet.  Henryk Tomaszewski, editor Agnieszka Szewczyk, translation Kinga Kowalczyk I have recently visited Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw where Henryk Tomaszewski’s graphic work is on show till 10th June. The exhibition and the work of the leader of the Polish Poster School was a revelation and a fortunate coincidence. In this post I used some of the photographs I had shot in the gallery, fragments of the exhibition catalogue, Steven Heller’s article for the New York Times (2005) and one of the episodes of the Polish Film Chronicles (1978).   Even when he made a poster to advertise another artist’s exhibition, Mr. Tomaszewski interpreted the content. For example, to announce a 1959 show of Henry Moore’s sculptures, he created a veritable sculpture garden from the letters of the artist’s name and placed Moore’s “Mother and Child” on a pedestal …

Still in the summer mood

Today’s post is inspired by my journey to Poland. Here are a couple of my thoughts and observations from the journey, as well as some quotes from the three books I read on the way, which were: Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Going by train in Poland is not for impatient, sensitive ladies. The trains are slow, smelly and dirty. In the summertime they are incredibly hot and in the winter months they can be really freezing. I won’t go into a lot of details about what the toilets look like. But the views and the landscape are worthwhile. Since the trains are slow and old-fashioned, the ride can be rather contemplative as you pass by forests, rivers, fields, small towns and villages. On the way, it is most likely that your train will stop in the middle of nowhere and there’s nothing else to do but to wait and admire your surroundings. This happened to me on this trip as …

On The Way

I’ve just come back from the Masurian Lake District, north-eastern Poland. The video above was made while I was travelling by train, on the way back to Warsaw. The music I’ve chosen here is Chopin’s Mazurka No 41 In C Sharp Minor Opus 63 No 3 performed by Sandor Falvay. Here you can watch the video with Chopin’s Prelude Op 28 No 4 by Paul Cantrell (