Franciszek Duszeńko – Monuments /2012 - 2013/

Co-financed with a grant from the budget of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage / Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk under a Kulturalne Miasto Gdańsk grant

In numerous works Karska & Went deal with the issue of memory and with forgotten or ignored aspects of culture, documenting vanishing areas of contemporary visuality, cultural phenomena from the fringes of urban spaces and the peripheries of imagination. In their dialogue with memory and the past, the artists avoid historical narration, preferring instead to explore images of latent or ignored memory. It is also toward the past that they turn in one of their recent project, Monuments, devoted to the late outstanding sculptor, Franciszek Duszeńko (1925-2008). Meant to revive memory in a dialogue with the present rather than to commemorate, the installation shows models of Duszeńko’s little-known sculptures displayed inside maquettes imitating various exhibition spaces. In this way, Karska and Went raise questions about the place of the sculptor’s works in contemporary culture, the role of museums, and the methods of keeping memory alive.

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