A-Z 2018 (annual report)

20 Sep 2019 – 19 Oct 2019

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14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
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Andrzej Tobis’ has undertaken a linguistic and visual journey through Poland while photographically recreating an illustrated German-Polish dictionary originally published in East Germany in 1954. Tobis’ action is utopian – while it continues, its completion is unrealistic.


Tobis says: “The twelve educational displays presented at the exhibition held at the Jednostka Gallery could have been chosen from the past twelve years of work, but I didn’t want to indicate a beginning or an end to this project. I’m showing the current status – twelve cases as a representation of the previous year for twelve months. 2018 was my most productive year and I managed to find the visual equivalent of over 180 entries. This could be a sign of progress… or just years of practice. This isn’t a summary – it’s an annual report, so in addition to the twelve displays, in a separate “workroom” space you can see every A-Z project find from 2018 as well. There is also a map and text including the entries from the original dictionary that explains what I found and where. Three years ago, I decided to invest more time and energy into my A-Z – mainly because of the re-emergence of processes connected with Poland’s political transformations. It’s becoming more and more apparent that this conceptual transformation is a permanent state, with only its directions and dynamics changing. It also became clear that the ultimate end of it all will be quite the opposite to a tranquil state of nirvana.”

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Andrzej Tobis

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