"Mum!" © Malgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana  Fold out from the pop-up book, 10 x 25x25x35 cm

In The Black Boxes Małgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana placed scenes from Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński's lives, which she managed to reconstruct on the basis of surviving photographs.
The project also includes foldouts devised in the technique of linocut, which were modelled on three-dimensional books for children, so-called pop-up books (Katarzyna and Nika 1936-1951, 2008). They have a touch of cut-outs, and the ones which are technically more advanced are engineering gems, which coalesce paper filigree ornamentation with precise mathematical calculations. Text, although still present, remains in the background; the most important are mobile elements and spatial forms which flatten once you fold the cover.
Reference to a children's world and at the same time to a moment when a child is given a book by his parents to provide him with stories which help comprehend the surrounding reality, is here insomuch essential, as the artist refers to the childhood of Kobro's daughter - Nika Strzemińska.

Excerpt from the text of Patrycja Cembrzynska on Kobro Book
The 9th Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art "Kaliningrad-Königsberg 2008", ed. I. Budaeva, E. Lukyanova, Kaliningrad State Art Gallery 2008, p. 130-133

Fri, 8 May, 19.00h
9 May 201529 May 2015

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