Tłumacz Migam - Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury

Memory. Registers and Territories


About exhibition

Gallery opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The last entrance to the exhibition at 5.30 p.m.
Ticket prices: Regular – 8 PLN
Concessionary – 5 PLN
Family – 10 PLN

Each Sunday a guided exhibition tour included in the ticket price:
in Polish at 12 p.m.
in English at 4 p.m.
In the contemporary humanities, the past few decades have been widely labelled “the age of memory” due to disciplines’ undying interest in traces of the past as well as role and mechanisms that govern memory. This time roughly began at the point when Pierre Nora published his first thoughts on the subject of lieux de mémoire (places of memory). Contemporary art has not remained indifferent to the phenomenon in question. For artists, memory has become one of the most important issues which has been often subjected to critical analysis. The exhibition features works created over the last two decades by celebrated Polish artists for whom individual memory (with its intimate dimension and message) and collective memory (especially its mechanisms, shapes and territories) comprise the very fabric of their art.

One saw the works by Adam Adach, Bogusław Bachorczyk, Mirosław Bałka, Andrzeja P. Bator, Monika Chlebek, Michał Chudzicki, Karolina Freino, Nicolas Grospierre, Zbigniew Libera and Darek Foksa, Zuzanna Janin, Rafał Jakubowicz, Elżbieta Janicka, Marcin Kędzierski, Jerzy Kosałka, Robert Kuśmirowski, Leszek Lewandowski, Robert Maciejuk, Marzanna Morozewicz, Anna Niesterowicz, Mirosław Nizio, Ryszard Otręba, Wojciech Prażmowski, Leszek Sobocki, Andrzej Sołyga and Zbigniewa Pidek, Artur Żmijewski.

The artistic practices being developed in our times often reference previous creative quests, which may in turn be considered something in the nature of iconic works anticipating certain of the memory-related themes that artists are taking up today. Hence our decision to remind the audience – in a documentary form – of Wielopole, Wielopole by Tadeusz Kantor, the cycle To My Friends, the Jews by Władysław Strzemiński, Herbarium by Alina Szapocznikow, Iron Organs by Władysław Hasior, The “Road” Monument by the Oskar Hansen team, the stone monument in Treblinka by Franciszek Duszeńko, Adam Haupt and Franciszek Strynkiewicz, Lego, Concentration Camp by Zbigniew Libera and Souvenir of the First Communion by Mirosław Bałka.

Today, art actively makes changes to the commemorative formulas that function within it. It accepts responsibility as a medium of collective memory, processing society’s traumas and conflicts. Of no less importance to art are individual experiences: the consciously remembered past, involuntary reminiscences, and hidden nostalgias. The artist’s own memory may serve as the determinant and basis for a work. It is also a source for their artistic imagination, expression and creative will. But at the same time it is subject to the standards and mechanisms of society (its “framework”, as Maurice Halbwachs defined it). Through its reception by society, in turn, the work of art affects, enriches and contributes to collective memory, opening up new areas to it.
Art today is revealing the complicated interplay between the various different dimensions of memory. In changing registers and shifting territories.

Among the works created specially for the exhibition one found a series of photographs titled Traces by Wojciech Prażmowski, the video Uwolnić. Cвободy. Free. Teofilia Blendkowska (Теофиля Блендковска) by Zuzanna Janin, and a sculpture titled Common Ground by Mirosław Bałka which is made of over 200 doormats given to the artist by the people of Krakow.

exhibition concept and curators – dr Monika Rydiger, Natalia Żak
academic consultation – prof. dr hab. Jacek Purchla
coordination and organisation – Anna Śliwa
exhibition design – Rafał Bartkowicz
film material used in the layout of the exhibition Bełżec. Site of Memory – Ula Rydiger

cooperation – Monika Chrabąszcz, Edyta Gajewska, Marta Gaj, Joanna Hojda-Pepaś, Katarzyna Jagodzińska, Miranda Jędrzejowska, Roman Kawalec, Kamil Moszyński, Helena Postawka-Lech,Magdalena Uherek (prezentacja Rytuały pamięci presentation Rituals of Memory)

collection of doormats for the work Common Ground by Mirosław Bałka – Alicja Baczyńska, Pola Bednarczyk, Maria Chmielowska, Joanna Cichoń, Aneta Doległo, Karolina Drygała, Martyna Dziekan, Marta Gajewska, Emilia Garbień, Adrianna Gurgul, Julia Jaworska, Sonia Kądziołka, Ewa Kantek, Olga Konik, Anastazja Nosal, Marcelina Palińska, Joanna Pieńkosz, Magdalena Romanowska, Katarzyna Stec, Aleksandra Strączek, Michał Sypień, Paulina Szwed, Joanna Terpińska, Ewelina Żurek

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