Krzysztof Pijarski, Lives of the Unholy

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Concept/proofreadingKrzysztof Pijarski
TextWaldemar Baraniewski
DesignAnna Nałęcka
TranslationKatarzyna Bojarska
Height (cm)21
Width (cm)14
Spine (cm)2
Year of Publication2013
Published by:Archeology of Photography Foundation & Fotohof Editions

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Lives of the Unholy by Krzysztof Pijarski, attempts to examine the issue of the demolition of monuments at the time of the political transformation in Poland. The artist is especially interested in the aspect of visibility / non-visibility—while some of them were torn down, others continue their existence while being symbolically invisible. Rather than a fascination with the aesthetics of ruins, the project stems from an interest in mechanisms of remembering and effacing that are at play in public space. It focuses on monuments and sculptures in Warsaw which replaced previous ones, former sites, and “toppled effigies” themselves, seen as the ruins of representation. The perspective of Lives is reflective and critical, as opposed to nostalgic.


The publication is co-financed by Klopsztanga - Polen grenzenlos NRW and Adam Mickiewicz Institute.