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

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8. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, Worker, 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 installation was inspired by sculptures of workers that occupy niches of the façades of the surrounding buildings. According to the local legend, they were created as an homage to the builders of the housing estate situated on today’s Tarasy St.

The presented installation recalls the 1920s – a specific time in history, when physical labour was intrinsically related to the dynamics of social change, and delineated new directions in the development of art, architecture and culture. The advent of class awareness and respect for workers’ rights are also intrinsically related with the category of work. The decade referred to by the installation defined the way of thinking about the modern society and city for many years to come.

It is worth adding that the buildings on Tarasy St. still serve as a good example of a functional and modern working-class neighbourhood.

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.



Falk’s Housing Estate

Towards the late 1920s, the vicinity of Kartuska St. was a huge building site. One of the largest and most interesting investment projects was a housing estate on Tarasy St. modelled on solutions that had been employed in Vienna. The street around which it was built was called Falkhof, from the surname of building contractor Albert Falk.

The foundation stone of the project was laid on 28 April 1928. A year later, the buildings were ready and most of the 86 flats had already been occupied. The modernist housing estate was mostly planned with working-class families in mind – including Falk’s own workers. This is recalled by sculptures of workers placed on the façades of houses.

See on map

8. Marta Handschke, Aga Szreder, Worker, 2019

garage no. 5/155, Tarasy St.

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