<p>Cover artwork: Aneta Grzeszykowska, <em>Album</em>, detail, 2005, courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw</p>
<p>Cover artwork: Aneta Grzeszykowska, <em>Album</em>, detail, 2005, courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw</p>

No. 13: Auto-Photo-Biographies

Managing editors: Katarzyna Bojarska, Tomasz Szerszeń

Cover artwork: Aneta Grzeszykowska, Album, detail, 2005, courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

This issue was supported by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, from the funds of the program for the popularization of scholarship in 2015

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Auto-photo-biography

    , ”Auto-photo-biography”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/auto-photo-biography

    An introduction to issue 13 of View.

Close-up

  1. Auto-photo-biographies

    Katarzyna Bojarska, ”Auto-photo-biographies”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/auto-photo-biographies

    The author offers a reflection on auto-photo-biography as a hybrid genre of a story of one's history and oneself, of making one's image in time. She reaches backwards to late 1970s. and early 1980s. when many critics attempted to define the genre.

  2. Spectre of the Author, a Double with a Flaw. Photographies in Nabokov's Autobiography.

    Adam Lipszyc, ”Spectre of the Author, a Double with a Flaw.”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/spectre-of-the-author-a-double-with-a-flaw

    The author analyzes "Speak, Memory" in the context of the role of documentary and photographic materials in the text. He also comments on the aura of historical authenticity ascribed to photography and the way it helps in the creation of the fictionalized narrative about one's past and the past of his close ones.

  3. Herbé, Author of "Remembrance of Things Past"

    Tomasz Swoboda, ” Herbé, Author of "Remembrance of Things Past"”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/herbe-author-of-remembrance-of-things-past

    While analyzing the book La nuit sera blanche: Barthes, „La Chambre claire”, le cinéma by Jean Narboni, author focused on the question of photography in Roland Barthes' oeuvre, especially in his late or even never completed works. He also writes about Barthes' planned seminar on photographies of prototypes of the Proustian figures.

  4. An Author as Literature. (Visual) Autofiction of Dorota Masłowska

    Anna Michalak, ”An Author as Literature. (Visual) Autofiction of Dorota Masłowska”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/an-author-as-literature.-visual-autofiction-of-dorota-maslowska

    Using the promotional meeting of the Dorota Masłowska’s book More than you can eat (16 April, 2015 in the Bar Studio, Warsaw), as a case study, the article examines the role author plays in it and try to show how the author itself can become the literature. As a result of the transformation of cultural practices associated with the new media the author’s figure has gained much greater visibility which consequently changed its meaning. In the article Masłowska’s artistic strategy is compared to visual autofiction in conceptual art and interpreted through the role of the performance and visual representations in the creation of the image or author’s brand.

  5. Losing Everything That Made you a Slave

    Chantal Akerman, Elisabeth Lebovici, ”Losing Everything That Made you a Slave”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/odrzucmy-to-co-zrobilo-z-nas-niewolnikow

    Conversation between Akerman and Lebovici on identity, memory, film, visual arts, and gender.

  6. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Gus van Sant, Todd Haynes, ”Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/jeanne-dielman-23-quai-du-commerce-1080-bruxelles

    A conversation between Todd Haynes and Gus van Sant on Chantal Akerman and her film Jeanne Dielman.

Viewpoint

  1. About Her

    Teresa Gierzyńska, ”About Her”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/about-her

    Presentation of About Her, a series the artist has been developing since 1979.

  2. Teresa's Case

    Ewa Tatar, ”Teresa's Case”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/teresas-case

    An impression on Teresa Gierzynska's About Her photographic series realised since 1979.

  3. Home Life Book (An Excerpt)

    Evgeniy Pavlov, ” Home Life Book (An Excerpt)”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/home-life-book-an-excerpt

    Selected fragments from Evgeniy Pavlov's Home Life Book (2013)

  4. Diary of a Photographer’s Wife

    Tatiyana Pavlova, ”Diary of a Photographer’s Wife”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/diary-of-a-photographers-wife

    Introduction to Evgeniy Pavlov's Home Life Book (2002).

  5. Selfie with my Wife

    Tomasz Szerszeń, ”Selfie with my Wife”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/selfie-with-my-wife

    Evgeniy Pavlov's project дом быта [Home Life Book] is a record of everyday life in Ukraine during the 70s and 80s as well as in 90s. But it is also a philosophical meditation on memory, photography, time and history. Examined in the context of Life Span of the Object in Frame (A Film About the Film not yet Shot), a film by Aleksander Balagura, creates an intriguing form - a collective "auto(photo)(cinema)biography".

     

Perspectives

  1. "Look son, what a cunning idea to make a shoe factory in a synagogue". Wojciech Wilczyk in conversation with Katarzyna Bojarska

    Katarzyna Bojarska, Wojciech Wilczyk, ”"Look son, what a cunning idea to make a shoe factory”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/zobacz-synku-jak-sprytnie-to-sobie-ktos-wymyslil

    Wojciech Wilczyk discusses his father's series of photographs of Kazimierz, Jewish district of Krakow, from 1950s and 1960s as well as his series There is no such thing as an innocent eye.

Panorama

  1. Jacek Kryszkowski: A Fugitive from the Culture. Part 1 – Zrzuta

    Marcin Kościelniak, ”Jacek Kryszkowski: A Fugitive from the Culture 1”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/en/archive/13-auto-foto-biografie/jacek-kryszkowski-a-fugitive-from-the-culture-1

    A monographic presentation of the work of Jacek Kryszkowski, the artist active in the1980's, connected to the Łódź’s Kultura Zrzuty (Pitch-In Culture) community. On the ground of his writings, statements and actions, the author (re)constructs “escape from culture” project that lies at the heart of Kryszkowski’s oeuvre. In the first part of the article (Zrzuta) the author presents a portrait of Kryszkowski, in the second one (Wyprawa – The Expedition) he focuses on a famous Kryszkowski's action of self-appointed importing of Witkacy’s ashes from Jeziory to Poland (1985). The results of the “investigation” and the presentation of his action become a tool to demonstrate the core of Kryszkowski’s cultural criticism.

Snapshots

  1. Carol, or Daydreaming. The Painting of Ewa Kuryluk 1967–1978

    Monika Talarczyk-Gubała, ”Carol, or Daydreaming. The Painting of Ewa Kuryluk 1967–1978”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/carol-czyli-o-snieniu-na-jawie.-malarstwo-ewy-kuryluk-1967-1978

    Review of an exhibition of Ewa Kuryluk's painting from 1967–1978 "Nie śnij o miłości, Kuryluk" [Don't Dream About Love, Kuryluk] curated by Anna Budzałek (6 May –16 August, 2016, National Museum in Cracow).

  2. Professional Photos, Vernacular Photos. Looking at Pictures by Szmul Muszkies

    Agnieszka Pajączkowska, ”Professional Photos, Vernacular Photos. Looking at Pictures by...”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/fotografie-profesjonalne-fotografie-wernakularne

    In the perspective of vernacular photography: a review of the book by Wojtek Mazan, Szmul Muszkies – fotograf profesjonalny. Portret ostrowczan lat 30. XX wieku wykonany w zakładzie fotograficznym „Rembrandt” [Szmul Muszkies – A Professional Photographer: A Portrait of Ostrowiec's People in 1930' made in photo studio „Rembrandt”], Stowarzyszenie Kulturotwórcze Nie z Tej Bajki, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski 2016.

  3. Ale

    Piotr Sadzik, ”Ale”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/ale

    A review of Piotr Seweryn Rosół's Genet's Gombrowicz. A Love Story (2016).

  4. Ela

    Piotr Seweryn Rosół, ”Ela”, View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 13 (2016), http://www.pismowidok.org/pl/archiwum/2016/auto-foto-biografie/ela

    Author's response to a review of his book Genet's Gombrowicz. A Love Story published in this issue of "Widok."