congress / events

10x10: Nineteen forty-eight

Anna Colin, Remco de Blaaij

exhibition / installation

2011-09-08 - 2011-09-11 Four Domes Pavilion

informacje o biletach

photo: Maciej Kulczyński, Marquet Square in Wrocław

In the context of the 10x10 project, the two curators Anna Colin and Remco de Blaaij have invited four cultural practicioners from Poland, Israel and England to prepare a unique tour through the city of Wrocław.

4 tours (2 in English and 2 in Polish) will be organized within the 10x10 project. Since the number of participants is limited, please book a place in advance, by email (, or phone (+48 71 784 39 00).

Curators on the project "Nineteen forty-eight “:

Nineteen forty-eight is an alternative historical tour through the city of Wroclaw, led by local tour guide Mateusz Kornacki, with contributions by artist Marysia Lewandowska, art historian Lynda Morris and theoretician Ariella Azoulay. Guiding the public through designated points in the city, the tour aims to revitalise the past histories that have unfolded in and beyond Wroclaw and the impacts these have had upon social and cultural life at large.

Nineteen forty-eight looks back at a time when Poland is recovering from World War II and sees Wroclaw reintegrated into the Polish map. The year 1948 is also marked by the organisation of the 100-day long Regained Territories exhibition and the World Congress of Intellectuals for Peace. While these events demonstrated an ambition to establish a new Polish state and to reclaim a lost culture, they also aspired to give Poland a central role in shaping international relations. But how does the year that witnessed the creation of new independent states, the formation of key economic and political unions and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights connect to the Wroclaw of 2011?

This project is a collaboration with four cultural practitioners to devise interventions across the city. The tour will start at the Centennial Hall site where Lynda Morris will take us through Picasso's involvement in the World Congress of Intellectuals for Peace and his affiliations with communism. Continuing into the city centre, it will end with Ariella Azoulay introducing the term 'potential history' against the backdrop of Jewish and Palestinian co-existence, through a talk and an 'exhibition on paper'. Made manifest throughout the 150 minute-long tour, Marysia Lewandowska’s two-fold contribution will be mediated by Twitter and a poster distributed throughout the city portraying Julia Pirotte, one of the official photographers of the 1948 Congress.

The different components of the tour will be connected by Mateusz Kornacki who, through his own choice of landmarks in Wroclaw, will address the contributors' concerns with the writing, circulation and appropriation of history. Allowing for speculation, trans-temporal and geographical displacements, Nineteen forty-eight will reflect upon specific historical ambitions to propel them into the future.

Participants: Ariella Azoulay, Mateusz Kornacki, Marysia Lewandowska and Lynda Morris.

Curated by Remco de Blaaij and Anna Colin.

Friday 9th September
11:00 – 13:30: English tour
16:00 – 18:30: Polish tour

Saturday 10th September
11:00 – 13:30: Polish tour
16:00 – 18:30: English tour

11:00 and 16:00: Iglica (needle) monument in front of the Centennial Hall

Booking required by email or phone:, +48 71 784 39 00

150 minutes

Ariella Azoulay is a chief of the Photo-Lexic project, led by International Research Group affiliated to Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. Her recent books: “Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography” (Verso, forthcoming), “From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950” (Pluto Press, forthcoming), “The Civil Contract of Photography” (Zone Books, 2008). She is a curator of “Untaken Photographs” (2010, Igor Zabel Award, The Moderna galerija, Lubliana, Zochrot, Tel Aviv), “Architecture of Destruction” (Zochrot, Tel Aviv), and “Everything Could Be Seen”, and a director of documentaries: “I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Conversations with Azmi Bishara” (2004), “The Chain Food” (2004).

Mateusz Kornacki is a local guide and true enthusiast of Wroclaw even though he was not born here and originally comes from a distant city in eastern Poland. He runs a tourist company “What’s Up Wroclaw” which offers so called “off the beaten track” tours through the city where he shares information on the rich and complicated history of Wroclaw and the social and economical changes that happened in the city in the last two centuries. He also runs a series of lectures in public libraries for local citizens about the history of the city.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish born artist based in London who, through her collaborative projects, has explored the public function of media archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatization. Research has played a central part in all her projects which include the book “The Value of Things” (Birkhauser/August 2000), “Give & Take” at the V & A Museum and Capital inaugurating Contemporary Interventions series at Tate Modern (2001). Marysia is a Professor of Art in the Public Realm at the University College of Arts Crafts and Design Konstfack in Stockholm where she established Timeline: Artists' Film and Video Archive.

Lynda Morris is a Professor at the Norwich University College of the Arts and was a curator of EASTinternational from 1991 - 2009, an international open submission exhibition, which has been realised in collaboration with a series of eminent invited selectors since 1991. She is active as a curator and writer taking up issues around perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics. She was responsible for the first UK exhibitions of many artists including Agnes Martin (1974), Bernd & Hilla Becher (1974-75) and Gerhard Richter (1977). She is also the Principal Investigator for the major AHRC funded research project “Picasso; Peace and Freedom” in 2010/2011 with Tate Liverpool, the Albertina (Vienna) and the Louisiana (Copenhagen).