The Polish Illustration Focus exhibition’s title “Where I come from,” refers to those visual influences and their traces in contemporary graphic art. By no means is it a single style and even the term “Polish Poster School” is often disputed. Some claim it refers to too many distinctive artists and a wide selection of styles rather than just one “school.” Still, there is something unique about Polish illustration and we’d like to try to capture and define it. “Where I come from” also refers to the artist’s stance, examining how they view themselves and their place in the art world, what they intend to say and how they cope with the realities of the modern art market versus their need for artistic freedom.
The exhibition arrangement consists of perceptive dispositives enabling a diverse as well as a coherent way of presenting the artworks. Those devices are reacting to both the given space and the illustrations becoming site-specific interventions materialized in little furnitures, colour backgrounds and optical tools. The aim was to play with the perception recalling the wonder which strikes the eyes of a child when he or she sees things for the first time. “Where I come from” became for us a metaphor of childhood memories mixed with the already rich imaginative world of the illustrations. The attic space was chosen among others in order to empower the feeling of secrecy as if standing in a refuge from the adult life.
Polish Illustration Focus is a joint project of the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, STGU and ILLO, and was curated by Agata Nowicka (STGU) and Maria Zaleska (ILLO), with support from Illustrative.
Project co-financed from means of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
Simone De Iacobis
Cooperation: Rene Wawrzkiewicz
Graphic Design: Jakub Jezierski