Marta Łącka, outSide – A Collective Visual Diary On The Facades of Żytnia Street
What we remember—and how we remember—is a space that constitutes a large part of our identity.
Together with the people living on Żytnia Street in Łódź, I have been experimenting with exploring this space and reconstructing their memories using photography to see what I can find once it is unveiled.So, I have been building a collection of images that will soon become a publicly available visual collective journal. I have created a place where dialogue is born. First between the originator of the project and the residents of Żytnia—who become performers and co-authors while simultaneously being the material themselves—and then between the collection of images created through our efforts and the viewer.
The people of Żytnia share a memory or a keepsake with me, and then I photograph the representations of these mementoes in the form of physical objects or reconstructed events. I take only one photo of each, using a medium format camera. I develop the images via traditional photographic methods on fabric and then fuse them onto the facades of buildings on the street, where they are exposed to sunlight, rain, and time. And so they fade, fragment, transform, and ultimately disappear . . . as memories do.
a work in progress
Curators: Michał Bieżyński, Aleksandra Ignasiak
Artists: Marta Łącka, co-artist Monika Kotecka