Agnieszka and Maciek Nabrdalik
Leica Gallery Warsaw was opened in January 2010 and soon became an important institution on the cultural map of Warsaw.
In addition to its exhibition space, the gallery is adjacent to our major Leica Store.
Leica's Warsaw gallery is oriented towards a wide variety of contemporary photography but focuses particularly on documentary image making. The current exhibiton is the "Leica Street Photo. One moment in time." featuring the works awarded prizes in this, the second annual street photography contest, whose subjects depict the diverse approaches to modern documentary photography in Poland.
The Irreversible [Nieodwracalne] exhibition consists of portraits of the German-run Nazi camps survivors. This is a record of face-to-face meetings with the protagonists' experiences, thoughts and feelings. The effect of more than 4 years of Agnieszka's and Maciek's Nabrdalik work will be shown in Leica Gallery Warszawa from November 9th.
Agnieszka and Maciek Nabrdalik started the project in 2009, after one of their visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Mueseum. At the gate they saw an obituary notice informing about the death of a former prisoner. Next day there was another one. At this moment they realized that they are the last generation who can approach the survivors to talk with them and asks questions. And so they did. They travelled over 80 000 kilometers to meet their interlocutors, recorded over 100 hours of material. The authors visited people of different nationalities, creeds, often very diverse . The Irreversible book featuring over forty portraits and interviews was published in September 2013. On November 9th the project will appear as an exhibition for the first time in Poland.
The survivors featured in the portrait series The Irreversible often say that in the camp one could forget one's name, but not the number, which provided a new subhuman identity stripped of all spirituality. The style of these portraits denies the impersonal tone of the Nazi statistics. The striking namelessness of the victims, the numbers recurring in historical reports, and the ongoing debates about how many people really died take away all individuality from the prisoners. This project aims to restore their faces and show a little piece of what they managed to salvage in spite of the cruelty and the humiliation.
The photographs were taken in the survivors' homes during intimate conversations when they were affected by strong emotions evoked by their memories. Looking at these photographs, one might sense that they have returned to those dark places.
The accounts of the prisoners serve as the commentary to the photographs. They don't resemble historical accounts from the camps, but instead are reflections from the present. After so many years, the prisoners are trying to understand the reasons behind their own survival and the answer to the question "Why me?" is not always possible to find. They all come to one conclusion - those events left in them an indelible trace and each survivor must individually work through his or her trauma.
|17.05. - 17.07.2013||Frank Hallam Day||Alumascapes|
|18.07. - 21.08.2013||Mariusz Janiszewski||Workers|
|22.08. - 17.09.2013||Leica Street Photo & Street Fasion Contests results|
|18.09. - 23.10.2013||Wojtek Grzedzinski||The President|
|25.10. - 17.11.2013||Jacob Aue Sobol||Arrivals and Departures|
|09.11. - 05.12.2013||Agnieszka and Maciek Nabrdalik||The Irreversible|
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