exhibitions abroad 2018
The works of Aneta Grzeszykowska and Zofia Rydet are being presented by London’s Calvert 22 Foundation in the exhibition Family Values: Polish Photography Now. The curator is Kate Bush, until recently serving at photography curator at Tate Britain.
A selection from Rydet’s Sociological Record is accompanied this time by selected pictures from Grzeszykowska’s Negative Book series. The first group show of contemporary Polish photography in the UK also includes works by Aneta Bartos, Weronika Gęsicka, Adam Palenta and Józef Robakowski.
Photo: Stephen White
Negative Book deconstructs positive photography and as such forms a continuation of the artist’s reflections on the character of the photographic medium and its various transformations.
Zofia Rydet’s never-finished magnum opus is Sociological Record, which she worked on from 1978 to the end of her life. In this project, she took thousands and thousands of black-and-white negatives, only a portion of which were processed by the artist into prints. The scheme of Sociological Record is an interior family portrait, shot in a characteristic manner with the members of the household against the background of their principal living space, taken almost suddenly, using flash.