Bildwörterbuch Deutsch und Polnisch mit 53 Farbtafeln 2007—1954
The „A-Z” project is an attempt of re-make reconstruction of the illustrated Polish-German dictionary published in Leipzig in 1954.
Photographed situations and objects were not arranged, they were found. Various anecdotes, details, rebus riddles represent the terms. The project is based on searching the connections between a word and an image, especially on using them both in the propagandistic and political goals. It also fits perfectly in series of significant "atlases" and "libraries", created by artists at the turn of centuries.
A preview of the Andrzej Tobis' project was published in an American "Transition Magazine", printed in Harvard University.
About the artist:
Andrzej Tobis — born in Wieluń in 1970, currently lives in Katowice. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, a branch in Katowice. In 2006 he received his PhD. The theoretical part of his dissertation was titled: „Neo Rauch meets the scouts in East German forrest”. His works have been shown in many exhibitions in various Polish and foreign galleries and museums.
Details of the publication:
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris
Bilingual edition: Polish and German
The book was published after an exhibition „A-Z”, which took place at „Kronika” Gallery in Bytom, during ⅩⅥ Ars Cameralis Festival. 150 educational cabinets were exhibited. Every cabinet was devoted to a single term of genuine German and Polish spelling written from the dictionary published in 1954 and designated by a relevant index number. Each term was illustrated with a photograph taken in modern Poland.