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

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15. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, Guardsmen, 2019


spatial and sound installation
fragment of the Stories from the Shadows series

Marta Handschke: text, voice
Grzegorz Nawrocki: sound

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

The façades of houses on the historical Ojcowska St. are decorated with small ceramic ornaments. Their motifs refer to the world of animals and plants – humans’ companions since time immemorial. Guardsmen is an invented legend about the origin of these bas-reliefs.

The inhabitants’ attitude to the decorations – and the resulting will to individualize “their” pet or plant – seems interesting. The bas-reliefs show the passing of time and traces of human intervention: “owners” of the ornaments repaint, rework and decorate them according to their own tastes. The bas-reliefs gradually lose their original nature and become “domesticated”.

This intimate, and yet unequivocally dominant relationship may be regarded as an illustration of people’s attitude to the natural world around them.

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.



Ojcowska Street

Ojcowska Street was developed between 1929 and 1930. Architect Franz Tominski designed two ribbon-shaped building to run alongside it. Located on opposite sides of the street, they comprised 55 apartments each. Upon completion, they were the longest residential buildings in Gdańsk. Owing to their shape and length, they were soon nicknamed D-Zug, meaning “fast train”. According to the architect’s design, there were to be no green areas in front of the buildings – long and narrow allotments were located behind the buildings.

Until 1945, the street was called Damaschkeweg, commemorating Adolf Damaschke, an economist and politician from Berlin who propagated the construction of cheap social housing.

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