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Szymon Maliborski

S z y m o n M a li b o r s k i An Ordinary Story of a Human Being

� “Mały Przegląd is different from all other newspapers in the world,” its editor Janusz Korczak was known to say. In hindsight, this statement seems by no means exaggerated, especially if we consider the context of the period in which the magazine was uninterruptedly published for over thirteen years (1926–1939). The content of Mały Przegląd was inspired directly by everyday life, its minor difficulties and joys noted down by countless correspondents. The idea of starting a newspaper for children, written and edited by children, proved a successful attempt to let them have their say, to provide them with a forum for airing their views on the world around them approached with childish sensitivity, highly aware of meaningful “trifles.” The philosophy behind this peculiar journalist (but also educational) experiment could be summarized by stating that all that relates to us is meaningful. � Decades later, American visual artist Sharon Lockhart could use similar words to describe her attitude to the world. References to Korczak’s work appear in her artistic practice at several levels. In her exhibition during the 2014 Liverpool Biennale, Lockhart presented silkscreens of the 16 August 1934 issue of the newspaper. Continuing in this spirit, the artist’s solo shows at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (2013), Bonniers Konsthall (2014), and the Kunstmuseum Luzern (2015), a 1960 copy of Korczak's How to Love a Child provided a valuable context, adding an extra layer of sense to photographs, films and particular stories contained in her projects. Written in braille, Korczak’s pivotal work complements the visual aspect of the exposition, suggesting its possible interpretations. Interestingly, her activities reveal a similar sensitivity to the process of growing up, curiosity about other people accompanying them in simple and banal things as well as in important ones, those that create the emotional microcosm of experiences. From this perspective, the formally refined work of Sharon Lockhart can also be interpreted as activities performed in the realm of emotions, as intense action of affective economies where the ultimate shape of the film or photograph is a product of long cooperation. � Korczak is also one of the elements that constitute the Polish context with which the artist has been dealing for over six years. During her recurrent visits, she carries on her collaboration with a group young women whom she has befriended. Milena, the best known protagonist in the Lockhart’s work, is one of these people, along with a group of girls living in the Social Therapy Center for the Youth in Rudzienko, which she has been visiting 22 1

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Presence/ Absence/ Traces. Contemporary Artists on Jewish Warsaw  

March 11 - April 25, 2016 Entry is free of charge The works presented in the exhibition were made during 13 artistic residencies at POLIN Mu...

Presence/ Absence/ Traces. Contemporary Artists on Jewish Warsaw  

March 11 - April 25, 2016 Entry is free of charge The works presented in the exhibition were made during 13 artistic residencies at POLIN Mu...

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