Agnieszka Szreder, fot. Michał Moniuszko
Marta Handschke, fot. Wojciech Skrzypczyński

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23 | Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder “Silver Apparition” (2019)

 

Silver Apparition, 2019
spatial and sound installation
fragment of the Stories from the Shadows series

Marta Handschke: text, voice
Grzegorz Nawrocki: sound, voice

Aga Szreder: object, shadow
Rafał Żwirek, Jan Szreder: construction support

The work is dedicated to Rudolf Theodor Kuhn (1842–1900), photographer of landscape, architecture and sea. This native of Gdańsk left behind a number of valuable photographs depicting everyday life around him – today, they show us what Gdańsk and its inhabitants used to look like.

The location of the work is not accidental. This is more or less where Kuhn must have stood when he took the famous photograph showing a panorama of Gdańsk, which is also used in the installation. What is more, he was buried not far from here, in a grave that – like many other German graves – was removed after World War II.

When looking at the Silver Apparition, we experience a disconcerting feeling of the unity of time: past, present and future.

Stories from the Shadows is a series of six installations recalling forgotten or unknown events and figures related to the history of Siedlce.

 

Marta Handschke is a photographer by profession who mostly works with applied graphic design and illustration. She graduated in Photography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Handschke designs record covers and posters, among others. She collaborated with Gazeta Wyborcza as an illustrator and feature writer. She has been active on the Tricity music scene for years, for instance as a singer in Oczi Cziorne and Kobiety. She also writes lyrics. Her debut book Brzuch Matki Boskiej (Our Lady’s Belly) was published in 2018.

 

Aga Szreder is a visual artist, graduate of the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (2006). Her works mostly deal with the relationship between the world and nature; she explores the role of people as catchers of everyday existence. Szreder works with various media. Her latest shadow-based installation was presented as part of the “Babiniec” art project and workshop, organized in 2019 by Bram Cukerman’s Foundation in the public space of Będzin.

 

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Old St. Nicholas Cemetery

For military reasons, areas adjacent to fortifications could not be developed with buildings, which turned them into a perfect spot for cemeteries. In 1846, one such cemetery was established in Nowe Ogrody. It served as a burial site for members of the St. Nicholas Catholic parish and the Royal Chapel. The small necropolis quickly filled up, so a much larger plot next to Wielka Aleja street was purchased in 1884 with a view to establishing a larger cemetery there.

A few years after the end of World War II, the Catholic cemetery in Nowe Ogrody was closed down. In the early 21st century, a part thereof was redeveloped – construction works carried out at the time made it possible to conduct archaeological research. This led to the discovery of almost 500 burials and recovery of 6,500 historical artefacts.

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23 | Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder “Silver Apparition” (2019)

Gradowa Hill Fort (park between Nowe Ogrody, Powstańców Warszawskich and Gen. Henryka Dąbrowskiego St.)

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