Poster for Places of Origin: Polish Graphic Design in Context
Places of Origin: Polish Graphic Design in Context, the exhibition organized by Culture.pl during DesignMarch in Reykjavik, will feature works by leading contemporary Polish graphic designers. Curated by Agata Szydłowska, Places of
Today graphic designers often turn to the internet for inspiration – resources from around the globe are available at the click of a mouse. Many designs and illustrations, however, still stem from and remain rooted in their places of origin – each of them is connected to or inspired by a specific sign, door, street, town, region, or country. Although many of these places may not be worthy of appearing on postcards, numerous extraordinary graphic design pieces would have never come into existence without them.
Thanks to photos, sketches, documents provided by the designers, the exhibition will present pieces in relation to their “birthplaces” and backstories. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how concrete architecture can influence typeface design, how typesetters working with traditional machines strive to preserve material heritage, or and what designers can do to revive old specialty shops. A special map will help visitors explore For those who will not make it to Reykjavik, an interactive version of the map will be available on-line on the Culture.pl website.
Agata Szydłowska, curator of the exhibtion, explains:
Places of Origin is like the genealogy of Polish graphic design.Their stories can be traced back to their "ancestors": inscriptions on walls, building ornaments, neon signs, old printing presses. Searching for inspiration, contemporary designers eagerly turn to web-based resources that can come from practically any corner of the world, yet, just as often, designers explore local “capital” and their work is connected to specific physical locations.
The exhibition invites visitors on an intimate tour of Poland – a journey through Polish cities and towns, streets and alleys, urban landscapes and the countryside, places which are both designers’ homes, as well as unique sources of inspiration.
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Top Polish graphic designers were invited to participate in the exhibition. Visitors will see works by: Zuzanna Rogatty, Anna Piwowar, Magdalena Piwowar, Falbanka, Marian Misiak, Tomasz Bersz, Edgar Bąk, Twożywo, Katarzyna Bogucka, Zupagrafika, Fajne Chłopaki, Kwiaciarnia Grafiki, Zofia Oslislo, Ola Niepsuj, Malwina Konopacka, Pan Tu Nie Stał, Zespół wespół, Fontarte, Robert Czajka, Full Metal Jacket, Manuka Studio, Podpunkt, Karolina Kotowska, Cyber Kids on Real, Kamil Snochowski, Robert Sawa, Tymek Jezierski, Fundacja Archeologii Fotografii, and Festiwal Traffic Design.
The exhibition is organized by Culture.pl as a part of its program to promote Polish design worldwide The exhibition is organized as part of the program of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
Written by MM, translated by OK, 4 Feb 2016