June 18 - October 30, 2011
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
Zakopane, ul. Jagiellońska 18 b
Władysław Hasior (1928-1999) is widely known as one of Poland's leading sculptors of the post-war era, who lived in Zakopane for most of working life. He was the author of many significant monuments, "banners", objects and installations, assemblages, collages and outdoor events. However, little is known about his passion for photography. It was an art form, which accompanied him throughout his creative life.
The artist organized his slides, put them into thematic series and continually worked on them: analysing them, collating and rearranging sets - based on a theme, on a chosen aspect of reality or on a linking element. Sharing the observations and reflections which accompanied Hasior's photography was as important for him as taking photographs. In his flat, he organized a "cinema" - slide shows with original commentary (which he also called jokingly "a small-town club").
Hasior's collection of over 20,000 slides says much about the artist. He appears to us as a sensitive aesthete with an extensive cultural knowledge, a historian of art with a huge ability for associating phenomena, as well as a man with a passion for popularizing and sharing knowledge, thoughts and experiences.
The exhibition displays a series called "Roadside Poetry". It embraces photographs of advertisements and communist propaganda slogans taken from roadside posters, signboards and boards, which interested Hasior because of their content and context as well as their artistic form.