Art in a Disrupted World Poland 1939-1949
Soon April/May 2021
Książka dostępna również jako e-book. Okładka miękka Format 155×240 mm ok. 300 stron ISBN: 978-83-64177-75-0, 978-83-66098-96-1 Cena wersji papierowej: 49 PLN Cena wersji elektronicznej: wkrótce
Agata Pietrasik’s book is a study of local artistic practices undertaken in the context of the global crisis of the Second World War. The author restores works that have so far been analyzed only as historic testimonies to the field of history of art. In three essays, she compiles carefully selected examples of artworks created in concentration camps and ghettos, in exile and during the immediate postwar years of social, political and cultural disintegration. She points to the ethical aspect of artistic practice as a form of fight for preserving one’s humanity in the most dehumanizing circumstances. She exceeds obvious historical timeframes and established forms of narration by juxtaposing drawings, paintings, architectural designs, exhibitions, as well as literary and theatrical works created in the decade of the war and the immediate postwar years. She strives to capture their autonomous artistic language and questions the ability of art history to accommodate in its discourse artworks created in a direct relation to traumatic experiences.