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

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13. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, New Gardens, 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 talks about Emil Keller, owner of the largest horticulture company in Gdańsk’s Siedlce district before World War II. His enterprise on Nowe Ogrody Street (literally “New Gardens St.”) – currently 7-11 Kartuska St. – was popular among the locals, who visited it in droves. It was famous for its beautiful floral decorations, ornaments and the cultivation of seeds and flowers.

The installation is a tricky way of showing how our marvel at the exotic often turns out to be an emanation of colonialism and anthropocentrism.

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 people’s role as catchers of everyday existence. She works with various media. Her latest installation that employed shadows 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.



Vineyards, gardens

The sunny hillsides of Siedlce Valley offer favourable conditions for plant growth – in the Middle Ages, when the climate was milder, it was even possible to cultivate vine here. The area was famous for its beauty, which is why many Polish nobles built their residences here. Unfortunately, the mansions surrounded with gardens and orchards did not survive the turmoil of Napoleonic wars. However, the housing policy in interwar Poland was again favourable for horticultural traditions – the houses built for workers and officials always had adjoining gardens. As a result, each family of limited means could support the household budget by cultivating their own fruit and vegetables and keeping small livestock. Another advantage of maintaining home gardens was… lower alcohol consumption among men.

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13. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, New Gardens, 2019

wall of the residential building on 55 Skarpowa St.

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