On Saturday, 8th of May, on Chmielna 2, the Foundation opened an information point which, for a couple of hours, offered advice on the topic of storing and preserving photographic collections. We shared our experience, presented well proven methods and materials, and recommended interesting books. A number of our guests decided to reveal the treasures of their family collections, among these was an album of formal portraits from the late 19th century in the rare ‘Victoria’ format, as well as photographs from women’s marches in 1916, and Warsaw’s Dana Choir founded in 1928.
On Saturday, 8th of May, from 11.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. the Archeology of Photography Foundation will open an information point in Warsaw. In the premises on Chmielna 2 (corner of Nowy Swiat), made available by the Srodmiescie district, one will have the opportunity to learn how to archive a collection or a set of private photographs. We will provide advice concerning care in domestic conditions – how to pack them and where to buy the materials necessary for the process. Guests are also invited to bring exemplary photographs from their collections – if they are damaged we will advise if they require being handled by a conservator. This information point will be part of the FotoRejestr program.
The ongoing digitization of video material from Janusz Bakowski’s stay in New York (in the years 1988-1990) has yielded extremely interesting footage from visits to the studio of Tadeusz Myslowski in Long Island City, Queens. While presenting the studio, Myslowski comments on his works and personal philosophy. The footage from meetings with Jadwiga Przybylak and Tadeusz Myslowski also features visits to New York museums, among others the Noguchi Museum and P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. The material is available at the Foundation.
We warmly encourage you to purchase the catalogue accompanying Tadeusz Suminski’s exhibition Factory and Form, published by the Foundation in a limited bibliophile edition of 50 copies. The volume features 18 illustrations and a text by curator Marta Przybylo-Ibadullajev, price 20 PLN. The income from the catalogue will support research on the Suminski archive.
Negatives from before the Second World War belonging to Zofia Chometowska arrive at the Foundation in installments, packed in small plastic boxes resembling those used to hold children’s paints. This is how the artist stored the material.
This exhibition offers the first glimpse into material from the archive of the outstanding landscape photographer Tadeusz Suminski, currently being researched by the Foundation. It features a selection of works made during the period when Suminski worked as the photographer for the African and Asian edition of “Polska” monthly (“La Revue Polonaise”, “The Polish Review”, published by Polonia press).
We are currently in the course of digitizing the video recordings made by Janusz Bakowski during his prolonged stay in New York in the years 1880-1990. Among the variety of materials is the account of Krzysztof Wodiczko carrying in the making of his “Homeless Vehicle” project, photography classes conducted by Jagoda Przybylak with the students of the New York Institute of Technology, exhibition openings, as well as discussions and meetings held at studios of such artists as Krzysztof Wodiczko and Tadeusz Myslowski.
Edward Krasiński and Henryk Stazewski posing for a photograph taken by Zbigniew Dlubak, against the backdrop of their work presented in Gallery EL during the First Biennale of Spatial Forms in Elblag. The now legendary event took place in 1965 at the initiative of Gerard Kwiatkowski, the founder of Gallery EL, and Marian Bogusz.
Numerous friends of Zofia Chometowska visited her at the Drucki-Lubecki family estate in Prochonsk in the Polesie region. Among them was Tadeusz Przypkowski (1905-1977), photographer, bibliophile, and sundial expert. It is said that the blue hat with suns and stars, visible in the photographs, exists to this day…
Apart from Przypkowski the photograph taken during a duck hunt depicts Chometowska herself and an unknown man from the Polesie region steering the boat. It is likely that the photograph was taken by Jakub Chometowski, the artist’s husband and an amateur-photographer.
Research into the archive of Zofia Chometowska allows us not only to rediscover the artist’s oeuvre, but also yields priceless shots of everyday life in the Polesie region. A found set depicts the one-armed general Carton de Viart who, having abandoned an extremely promising career in diplomacy, settled in Polesie. He was photographed along with princess Izabella Radziwill, who lived in the Mankiewicze estate, during an attempt at capturing a foal.
Owing to the great contributions of participants, the “Archive Fever” seminar became a space of exchange for views and experience gained during archive research. Suggestions brought up by guests have proved to be important guidelines for further work on material amassed at the Foundation. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in the project.
An interdisciplinary seminar/workshop Archive Fever. Archives of Contemporary History and Art in Poland After 1989. This seminar aims to reflect on the question of archive research in the historical, artistic and cultural context, as well as its significance for theory and practice. The invitation has been extended to historians, art historians, philologists, cultural anthropologists, archivists, curators and artists. We will address the following issues: what are the key archives in Central Europe? How to analyze the archive material amassed by institutions of an oppressive power apparatus? What is the relationship between archives and memory? What is the role of archives in research on the Holocaust within the context of non-memory, repressed memory, and exclusion? How can a research practice combine archive research with research based on oral history? Can artistic practices foster a new understanding of the notion of an archive?
On Friday, 9th October, the exhibition Zofia Chometowska – the Polesie Mythologies will open at the Association for the Encouragement of Fine Arts [Zacheta] in Lublin. The show will be the first presentation of fragments of Zofia Chometowska’s archive researched by the Foundation.
Up until the 11th of September, the Asymetria Gallery will host an exhibition that is the second installment of new work by Krzysztof Pijarski who was invited to confront the archive of Zbigniew Dlubak, Polish photographer, painter, art theorist and critic. more photographs>>>
At the beginning of June we participated in the conference ”Archiving the Artist” held in the Tate Britain. The priority of our visit was to learn more about the methods of storing and cataloguing of archive materials employed by London institutions. Thanks to the hospitality of conservators, we had an opportunity to observe the Tate Britain Paper Conservation Department at work, we also visited a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum Photography collection.
Among the materials that make up Zbigniew Dlubak’s archive are catalogues of key exhibitions from the 1970s. Our recent discovery includes publications from Centro de Arte y Comunicación from Buenos Aires. Run by Jorge Glusberg, the CAYC in the 1970s was a significant center of interdisciplinary research on the art of Latin America of the day, which drew upon conceptual practices.
The project for the decor of the textile store in Warsaw’s “Koszyki” market hall was hitherto known thanks only to a handful of photographs. The archive has revealed more extensive documentation as well as negatives from subsequent stages of work. The store décor was prepared in 1962 and mentioned subsequently by Urszula Czartoryska, e.g. in her text Photography in the Service of Mercury. On the use of Photography in Commercial Décor [Fotografia w sluzbie Merkurego. O zastosowaniu fotografii w wystawiennictwie handlowym], featured in the magazine "Fotografia (issue 1962 nr 9). Dlubak also prepared plates which were meant to decorate a textile store for women, it is unknown however if the project was carried out.
From April 17 to May 8 the exhibition Peripheral Landscape [Krajobraz peryferyjny] was on view at the Association for the Encouragement of Fine Arts [Zacheta] in Lublin. The presentation was accompanied by a lecture on the oeuvre of Zbigniew Dlubak delivered by Karolina Lewandowska.
Intense work is pending on the archive of Wojciech Zamecznik. Please visit the gallery where we’ve uploaded his designs for 1966 and 1967 calendars created for Gdańsk Shipyard. Gallery >>>
Work on Wojciech Zamecznik’s archive has been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.