„The labyrinths of memory, collective and individual, are filled with images-icons concocted especially for the needs of the media, tailored-made visions of the past as ordered by ideologues and politicians, but they are also full of obsessively returning memories of painful events, which can be neither forgotten nor worked through.” Violetta Sajkiewicz
In 2009, in 70 th anniversary of the begining of the World War II, a discussion about the presence of war’s trauma in the collective memory, violence and genocide was undertaken. 28 video-art works of many well-known artists were shown back then in Katowice. Exhibition included works of: Stephen Balist, Sophie Calle, Chris Doyle, Antonio Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, among others. Polish artists were represented by: Zbigniew Rybczyński, Mirosław Bałka and Artur Żmijewski.
The publication completes that exhibition. The publication consist of 31 critical texts and essays dedicated to each artist and his output, whose works have been shown at the exhibition. Among authors of the texts are curators, historians, video-art experts, and even artists (Maria Brewińska,Eugeni Bonet, Max Cegielski, Dominik Kuryłek, Friedheim Mennekes, Angela Melitopoulos, Anna Maria Potocka, Ewa Tatar, Kitty Scott, Piotr Zawojski and many more). The introduction includes an exclusive interview with the new media and audiovisual expert — prof. Derrick de Kerckhove, and two exquisite essays by Violetta Sajkiewicz (University of Silesia, Katowice) and Rod Mengham (Jesus College, Oxford).
The publication is completed by frames from the movies shown at the exhibition, which bring an extra context to the texts. Worth mentioning is a precise and sophisticated concept of the project, which makes the content and graphic design of the book correlate perfectly:
"Two colors are dominant: black and maroon (the color of blood). The cover is printed on a raw cardboard which allows the book to get frayed and slightly damaged. Main theme of the book is an "overshoot" of the cover and selected pages." /Zofia Oslislo-Piekarska, the graphic designer
Details of the publication:
Authors: Mirosław Bałka, Maria Brewińska, Sophie Calle, Sebastian Cichocki, Derrick de Kerkhove, Harun Farocki, Dominik Kuryłek, Rod Mengham, Nam June Paik, Anna Maria Potocka, Ewa Tatar, Bill Viola, Artur Żmijewski, among others
Edited by: Agnieszka Termińska, Carl Humphries, Piotr Zaczkowski
Translation: Grzegorz Kozłowski
Graphic design: Zofia Oslislo
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice
Year and place of publishing: Katowice 2011
Bilingual edition: Polish and English
The publication was published after an exhibition „The Labyrinth of Memory. Faces of Evil 1939—2009” which took place in Katowice in July—September 2009.