Fifty Years of Change
October 31, 2013
Photographs depicting the changes that have taken place in Warsaw over the past five decades are on show at the Nowy Theater in the capital’s Mokotów district.
The exhibition, entitled A Picture of the City: Warsaw Photography and Related Techniques, features the work of several generations of Polish photographers, documenting the transformation Warsaw has undergone since World War II. Visitors can see how, from the ruins and rubble left behind after the war, the city entered a phase of reconstruction and revival. It went through a period of social realism, after which came the gradual emergence of a modern metropolis.
Panoramic shots of the Warsaw skyline can be seen in the exhibition alongside images of destruction and disaster. These are not just historical photographs taken shortly after the war—such as those by Leonard Sempoliński and Zofia Chomętowska—but also contemporary work by Zbigniew Libera and Tomasz Szerszeń, who train their lenses on the city’s provisional architecture, dilapidated buildings and demolitions that have been taking place simultaneously with nonstop construction and redevelopment. This never-ending transformation gives a new identity to Warsaw, making it significantly different to other European capitals. The exhibition shows how different artists can interpret the city in many different ways.
Until Nov. 24; Nowy Theater; 10/16 Madalińskiego St.