Zofia Rydet / Julia Staniszewska - Little Man / Awaiting

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Height (cm) 21
Width (cm) 16
Spine (cm) 1
Text Julia Staniszewska
Design Jacek Redzisz
Translation Krzysztof Kościuczuk
Language Polish / English
Pages 55
Year of Publication 2011
Published by: Archeology of Photography Foundation & Asymetria Gallery

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The Little Man/ Awaiting exhibition is a combination of the photographs of two artists – Zofia Rydet, a classic polish photographer and Julia Staniszewska, an acclaimed new generation artist. This show initiates the Living Archives - a  long-term project of the Archeology of Photography Foundation the main purpose of this project being; to place historical photographs into a wider cultural context through reinterpretation and rereading made by contemporary artists.

The starting point for this exhibition is the Little Man album by Zofia Rydet, containing a canonical cycle of children‘s photographs within a graphic design by Wojciech Zamecznik. In the Asymetria Gallery visitors will see 30 works from this book selected by Julia Staniszewska’s, in combination with her own photography from an infertility clinic. This photograph gives Rydet’s works a new and distinct context.

 In 1965 Zofia Rydet published her album the Little Man – containing over a 140 photographs of children arranged into 15 thematic cycles alongside fragments of  Janusz Korczak’s writing. The book became one of the most important albums from the history of polish photography in the 20th century.

In her later works, especially in her photomontage series, maternity and waiting, the theme returns repeatedly. This problem is highlighted by Julia Staniszewska in work especially prepared for this exhibition. She does not take children’s photographs, she is interested in adults who want to have children. Who look at them with the same great affection that Rydet had? And why?  

The exhibition and publication are part of the Living Archives project, co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.