Monidła [2005]

MA diploma
self-designed clothing and accessories (original vintage fabrics)
digital photography
10 digital prints, 100x70cm
Advisor: Prof. Marian Stępak
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Project „Monidła” was inspired by a short story written by Jan Himilsbach („Zatopione skały i inne monidła”, Kraków, 2002) describing the Polish reality of the 70s. In the story, a typical Polish family ends up deceived by a person selling awful and kitschy paintings called „monidła”. In this context, we can define „monidło” as a primitive family portrait based on a photograph. For me a so-called ‘monidło’ became not only a symbol of old-fashioned interiors, fake designs and cheap fashion, but also a strong sign of past imagined in both collective and personal memories of my generation. Project „Monidła” was my personal reflection on photography, reality, Evanescence and memory.

The world observed by the artist usually depicts the bright nature of suburbs, faience relicts of the past, forgotten patterns, impossible and characteristic world of old tenements where the pattern, colour and object become the most important heroes…

Małgorzata Jankowska, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń