Ernst van Alphen’s essay looks at The Urn (2014), investigating themes of memory and ashes, and the frailty of matter faced with the Holocaust. Roma Sendyka looks at the sacred and the profane with reference to the Wafers series (2019), which focuses on a monumental collection of Christmas wafers treated like private notebooks for everyday doodles and jottings. Zośka Papużanka has created a monologue of the mother of a gamer, a teenager glued to his computer screen for hours. Soren Gauger’s literary mockumentary takes on one of Bownik’s black-and-white photographs—“Grid” from the Boys and Girls I Know series (2012)—to show its numerous ties with cinema. The abstract forms concealed in the colors of extinct bird species are the topic of Michał Książek’s poetic essay. Magdalena Ziółkowska’s piece considers the titular undercoat and hidden meanings of everyday clothing in the Reverse series, while Andrew Berardini looks at the temptation to manipulate nature and the longing to control it.
Concept and editor: Magdalena Ziółkowska
Essay authors: Ernst van Alphen, Andrew Berardini, Soren Gauger, Michał Książek, Zośka Papużanka, Roma Sendyka, Magdalena Ziółkowska
Translations: Soren Gauger
Publishing coordinator: Karolina Melon, Paulina Kowalczyk
Design and layout: Honza Zamojski [rh.plus]
Co-publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publishing partners: Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow and the National Film School in Łódź