Szczecin in Close –Up. Points of view

Szczecin in Close –Up. Points of view. Exhibition in the Philharmonic Hall, Szczecin, Poland

The exhibition entitled Szczecin in Close-up is an attempt to have a close look at the
city and its presentation from a different perspective being an alternative to its postcard views and official history. Two prints by Monika Łukowska entitled Discovering Szczecin are the excellent realisation of this concept. In her works the artist reaches for the city landmarks: the National Museum, Pomeranian Landowners’ Palace and Transfostation of Art and the new Philharmonic Hall, Old Town Hall and Old Slaughterhouse. However, she only shows their silhouettes sharply contrasting with bright backgrounds – flat, grey forms devoid of details as if cut from old grey photographs. Łukowska also uses topographical symbols – lines referring to Szczecin streets and boundaries as well as text fragments overlapping building silhouettes. The achieved effect awakens associations with TV news snapshots and at the same time old historical documents. The prints by Łukowska are an attempt to capture the identity of Szczecin in the perspective of media, words and photos.

Wojciech Jakubczyk
PhD student at the Department of Art History, University of Łódź
Member of the Polish Philological Association