Weeds and Ruins. On the Relationships Between Landscape and Memory in Karolina Grzywnowicz’s Chwasty [Weeds] Project Cover Image
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Chwasty i ruiny. O związkach krajobrazu i pamięci w projekcie Chwasty Karoliny Grzywnowicz
Weeds and Ruins. On the Relationships Between Landscape and Memory in Karolina Grzywnowicz’s Chwasty [Weeds] Project

Author(s): Anna Gańko, Anna Wandzel
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Sociology, Social history
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: plants; weeds; anthropology of art; field study; landscape; memory; materiality; environment

Summary/Abstract: The article describes Karolina Grzywnowicz’s Chwasty (Weeds) project. In order to provoke the recipients to reflect on the life of the resettled people, the artist cut out a piece of the Bieszczady meadow and transferred it to Warsaw, where the installation was accidentally mowed. Attempting to answer the question why Weeds were destroyed, we examine how accurate the artist’s recognition is that the Bieszczady landscape is a carrier of memory of the resettled people, and then we prove that the part of the meadow, which in the Bieszczady co-created the keenly practiced landscape, is alienated and transformed into a commodity, and thus it loses its culture-forming functions. The project and the concept of landscape closely related to it are analysed from two complementary perspectives: field experience and anthropology of art.

  • Issue Year: 460/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 105-120
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish