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I Love and Adore – Elżbieta Jabłońska

‘The Adoration of the Ołbin District' was a particular combination of research and scrutiny performed within the space of 10 neighbouring backyards, which was conducted in the first half of July 2015. This means countless hours of being in a specific place, thorough observation of the area and its backyards. It also means a presence which changes and formulates as time goes by. The backyard becomes rooted in numbers, objects and concrete, physical facts. A numerical and verbal representation sparks the imagination, broadens the field of our perception, surprises and reveals the properties of matter. Each backyard was analysed separately. During field work — together with my research group: Joanna Staszewska Magdalena Zaręba, Dawid Brzozowski, Edwin Zapotoczny, Natalia Olejnik, Maciej Jędrzejczak i Adrian Seifert — we catalogued all encountered buildings, objects and plants. We took note of types of vegetation that appeared anywhere on the ground, but also in the cracks between the pavements, asphalt, on the walls as well as those cultivated by people in their small gardens or flower pots. We organised collected information, transferring from a sensory approach towards a fact-based one. Both outlooks were a direct result of the adoration of the space. For some the most banal, for others the most essential, these words became a catalyst for utilising several metres of space between the building, carpet-hanger and entrance gate. This object provides a common point in space, which not only by its design, but above all through its meaning, has a chance to surface in the residents' minds. We registered a considerable amount of inscriptions on the walls of an anti-police, anti-system character, but just as many with abstract, philosophical and emotional overtones. It was the latter that became the inspiration for an object in one of the backyards, whose essential role would be usability. The words i love which so often function within the city as a kind of intimate manifestation, physically appeared in the form of highlighted benches in the backyard at the junction of Jedności Narodowej, Żeromskiego and Daszyńskiego Streets. For some the most banal, for others the most essential, these words became a catalyst for utilising several metres of space between the building, carpet-hanger and entrance gate. This object provides a common point in space, which not only by its design, but above all through its meaning, has a chance to surface in the residents' minds.


Place: yard between streetsi: Jedności Narodowej, Żeromskiego i Daszyńskiego

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