The project plays with the status of the archive as a “source”, trying to dismantle its uniformity and equalizing power. Its raw material comes from the estate of Zbigniew Dłubak, a collection of negatives, photographs, drawings, notes and texts of one of the most important figures of postwar photography in Poland, serving as “source” for new pictures – neutral recordings, evident transformations and montages. The purpose of this play is not the recontruction of the real or true “Dłubak”, but to arrange the products of his thought and practice – both artistic and commercial – into contellations,trying to strike sparks from those seemingly dead objects. What is at stake here, is to make the “now” resonate with the “yesterday”.
This project was made possible by the Archeology of Photography Foundation, who invitied me to work on Zbigniew Dłubak’a archive, and was first presented on “Central Archve”, a show during the Photomonth in Krakow 2009. Many thanks to Karolina Lewandowska from the Foundation and Piotr Lelek, Karol Hordziej, and Tomek Gutkowski from the Photomonth.