Krzysztof Pijarski / Jerzy Lewczyński - Playing the Archive

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Height (cm) 21
Width (cm) 16
Spine (cm) 1
Text Jerzy Jarniewicz
Design Jacek Redzisz
Translation Krzysztof Pijarski, Katarzyna Bojarska
Language Polish / English
Pages 46
Year of Publication 2011
Published by: Archeology of Photography Foundation

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Playing the Archive is an attempt to reinterpret the archive, but also the entire oeuvre, of photographer Jerzy Lewczyński.  Invited by curator Rafał Lewandowski, photographer and art historian Krzysztof Pijarski has engaged in an artistic dialogue with Jerzy Lewczyński, emphasising the element of humour and play, very characteristic for Lewczyński’s work and yet often ignored. He has also performed research work, presenting, in an unorthodox manner, various iconographic and symbolic motifs present in the work of the Gliwice-based classic photographer. Some 150 rephotographed images, selected by the two artists from Lewczyński’s archive, have been arranged on panels that bring to mind Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas. Some of those are very well known images, others are souvenir or found photos, and there are also many previously never-shown or never-published photographs.

Publication is a part of the Living Archives project, co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.