THE MEANING OF WORKING THROUGH THE PAST: Of Awkward Objects and Collateral Memories

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This chapter revisits the 2018/2019 exhibition, Widok zza bliska [Terribly Close] at the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków and Wojtek Ziemilski’s performative action, We walked just this way, presented on 23 February 2019 in Kraków as part of the Staging Difficult Pasts project. It focuses on a moment of the encounter between the exhibition’s object, a wooden truck, and the performative action of moving this object from the museal space to the Cricoteka, housing the Polish theatre and visual artist Tadeusz Kantor’s objects and machines. By holding them theoretically alongside, this chapter investigates the different approaches to objects, which reference difficult pasts or awkward memories archived in the post-war European history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStaging Difficult Pasts
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational Memory, Theatres, and Museums
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003828266
ISBN (Print)9781032326047
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

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© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Maria M. Delgado, Michal Kobialka and Bryce Lease.


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