The Past is a Foreign Country // Ewa Bloom – Kwiatkowka Karolina Breguła GF Gomae Hubert Czerepok Dominik Lejman Zbigniew Libera Mariusz Tarkawian
The Past is a Foreign Country
Ewa Bloom – Kwiatkowka
Curators: Roman Lewandowski
6.04.2017 | 6 pm
7.04 – 11.06.2017
Small Gallery / ul. Partyzantów 31a / Słupsk
Centre for Creative Activities / ul. Gen. Zaruskiego 1a /Ustka
Witches Tower / al. F. Nullo 8 / Słupsk
The Past is a Foreign Country is a project inspired by the works of David Lowenthal and Leslie P. Hartley, both calling for the need to reexamine the “memory” of places and individuals with the use of modern tools which are offered by cultural anthropology and humanistic geography. The goal of the project is to present a series of works which deal with memory as a “form of access” and “journey to a foreign country” – the latter serving as a meeting ground between the past and the present. The overriding idea behind the project is to delve into the conflict between the official history and individual or social memory, including the clash between the institutionalised visual representations of such memories and the need to redefine memories which still lack iconography or representation in the official culture.
On the one hand, The Past is a Foreign Country is an attempt to redefine the “image” of a place, deconstruct its genius loci, and reshape the clichés which are culturally established, yet often no longer socially accepted. On the other hand, it strives to analyze the mechanisms and strategies behind the individual memory.