Metaphors of Independence: Poland In 100 Photos
default, Jerzy Lewczyński, "Nieznany", 1959., fot. Jerzy Lewczyński / dzięki uprzejmości Galerii Asymetria, Nieznany (The Unknown) by Jerzy Lewczyński, 1959, photo: courtesy of Galeria Asymetria, center
One hundred photos – even more history. In honour of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, Culture.pl presents a selection of photographs that help us better understand the country’s past and present.
‘Metaphors of Independence in Photography’ is a selection of photographs presented alongside a series of articles. Starting 6th November 2018, Culture.pl will be presenting a photograph a day. In this series, we invite you to take a look at how visual artists used ideas related to independence in their work. We’ll see how they photograph the capital and small towns in the countryside. How they approach symbols, legends and myths and how they comment on systemic and political changes. The photographs will be divided into thematic groups: History, Memory, Man, Emancipation, Identity, Landscapes, Warsaw, Away from the Centre, Transformations and Symbols and Values. Each of these groups will contain ten photos and ten articles.
Photography has influenced our view of reality for more than a hundred years. It was the ‘eye of the century’. Walter Benjamin understood the ability to decipher photographs as an essential cultural skill, which allows us to gain a better understanding of the present. These selected works by Polish artists will be accompanied by stories, eyewitness accounts and references to theoretical studies.
The series contains photographs by household names but also by lesser-known photographers. There are iconic pieces which can be found in galleries around the world, as well as photos published in the press, books or only on the Internet. Each and every one of them can be a starting point for contemplation on the past. The articles will illustrate both the state of modern Polish photography and the reality it co-creates.
Written by MD, translated by MW, edited by NR, Nov 2018
Photographs published so far:
[2/100] The Unknown
[3/100] The Fallen
[5/100] The Odd Place
[7/100] Greetings from Auschwitz
The project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.