Anna Beata Bohdziewicz CV
Anna Beata Bohdziewicz: A Fotónapló mint
Anna Beata Bohdziewicz: Photodiary -
an Independent Being
Anna Beata Bohdziewicz:
Photodiary / Photodiary
opening by Marek Grygiel, Anna Beata Bohdziewicz,
open 9th Oct, in the Liget Gallery
styczeń 2014 - Wieżowców przybywa. Ale Pałac Kultury
dominuje! / January 2014 - More and more skyscrapers. But
the Palace of Culture still dominates!
Bohdziewicz: Futurum, Turning into the Present and
The first Photodiary
exhibitions, where I showed all the photos (nearly six hundred
in West Berlin in 1985!), were very easy to do. Arranged
chronologically, one photo after another, possibly in a single
line (with only censorship interventions distorting the
sequence). However, it soon turned out that there were too many
photos and I had to make a selection. That was still quite easy.
I simply “cut off’” the successive stretches of time. But that
soon proved insufficient too. People asked me to show pictures
from longer periods, changes in Poland started accelerating,
images from a few years back suddenly became “historic” and the
matter of choosing some and rejecting others became one of
interpretation and judgement. That choice was always
“discretionary”, as it were, depending on all kinds of factors
such as current events, my mood at the time, the weather or my
current aesthetic fascinations... So you could say I showed a
different work every time. But it was always ruled by
chronology. And suddenly time became looped. Contemporary events
cause a strong sense of dejá vu. Has everything happened
before? No, that’s impossible! The future seems more and more
ominous, more and more unpredictable.
There are still many surprises in store for
us. And the past? Has it really gone? Or does it continue in us
as the present? And the present? It doesn’t exist, everything
happening too quickly.
The thread of time on which I’ve been
arduously stringing the Photodiary pictures for thirty
two years now has broken and everything’s gotten mixed up. I
pull photos, almost at random, out from folders and binders. I
hang them, without any obvious plan, on the walls. Some seem
mutually attractive, while others repel each other. The work has
freed itself of the author. Finally!
Warsaw, January 2012
*/ Hanna Kirchner, Nałkowska albo
życie pisane, WAB 2011, p. 793.
the exhibition was supported
by Polish Institute, Budapest / fotoTAPETA, Warsaw