Bartek Jakubowski, fot. Michał Moniuszko

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22. Bartosz Jakubowski, Haften, 2019


photographic installation

The Polish word haftować (“to embroider”) comes from the German verb haften, which can be translated as “to adhere to”. For Bartosz Jakubowski, this decorative form is simultaneously violent: it pierces the material and binds it with the thread, imposing upon it the embroidered design.

The photographs presented during NARRACJE show embroidery patterns typical for the culture of different regions of Poland. Each of them was made on a piece of silk by an embroiderer from one of the regions where men photographed by Jakubowski were born and grew up. The portrayed men come from small towns and villages, where they experienced discrimination on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Their faces are hidden behind the embroidered ornaments, which act as a mask hiding the men’s true identity, rendering them anonymous.


Bartosz Jakubowski is a visual artist working with photography, video and sculpture. He studies Intermedia at the University of the Arts in Poznań.  His creative practice is usually focused on sexual minorities, violence and social norms. Jakubowski builds his narratives by exploring popular and folk culture, and juxtaposing them with current social developments.



Typhoid epidemic

A typhoid epidemic caused by tragic sanitation and overcrowding broke out in spring 1945 in the prison on Kurkowa St. in Gdańsk. The inmates were civilians – mostly Germans and Poles, but also other nationals; some of the detainees were suspected of really petty crimes. The dead were buried at nights in mass graves dug out in the vicinity of the prison, their bodies covered with lime. The epidemic died down in early 1946, having claimed 1,100 victims. One of them was Zygmunt Mazur, assistant to Prof. Spanner – the pathologist who set up a method of producing soap from human fat. In 2003, victims of the epidemic were commemorated with a statue designed by Leon Czerwiński.

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22. Bartosz Jakubowski, Haften, 2019

Gradowa Hill Fort (park between Nowe Ogrody, Powstańców Warszawskich and Gen. Henryka Dąbrowskiego St.), next to the monument to the Victims of Infectious Disease Epidemics

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