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

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20. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, Dancer, 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 neighbourhood where the installation is presented used to be buzzing with café life. Men and women would meet up here to dance, flirt and enter into all sorts of relationships – from today’s perspective, one could say that they played out their defined social roles.

The installation is a futuristic vision of social and cultural changes that have taken place since that time. Women have largely liberated themselves from their imposed roles: they gained voting rights and became emancipated. Not only the definition of femininity, but also the significance attached to it has changed. In modern societies, sex no longer defines a person, and everyone can decide about themselves, their body and life.

The installation shows a joyful dance of the present day.

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.



Cafe Derra

Cafe Derra was one of the most famous entertainment venues in pre-war Gdańsk. The large restaurant complex could house as many as a thousand guests at a time. In the summer season, apart from the large indoor room, customers could choose to sit on a nicely decorated terrace surrounded with trees and bushes. After Derra’s death, the family business was taken over by his widow and then his son. The popular venue was rented for meetings and get-togethers by various organizations. Especially one such occasion is etched in local history: this is where the infamous Albert Forster, Adolf Hitler’s confidant and Gauleiter of the NSDAP since 1930, invited followers of the Nazi Party.

Only a part of the Cafe Derra building has survived to this day.

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20. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, Dancer, 2019

Ignacy Wilczewski Square (between Zakopiańska and Kartuska St.)

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