Magazine Launch: The Photo Notebook of Władysław Hasior


23 April, 6pm
Curzon Goldsmiths
Richard Hoggart Building
Lewisham Way
London SE14 6NW
FREE, to reserve tickets, please email: with your full name and title, availability is limited

Join us for the UK Premiere of the fourth issue of Not.Fot. The Photo Notebook of Władysław Hasior!

NOT.FOT. is a publication in the form of the magazine devoted to a single work: Władysław Hasior’s Photo Notebook. It is made up of twenty thousand slides, made over the course of nearly thirty years and arranged by into thematic series by the Polish sculptor, painter and stage designer Władysław Hasior (1928–1999). The magazine is published periodically and invites an international group of curators, art historians and artists to discuss, present and share thoughts on this phenomenal work of art.

The idea revolves around Photo Notebook that highlights new educational aspects of artist’s practice. Articles and short essays put this work in a broader artistic context, presenting its exceptional character amalgamated with artistic tendencies. By inviting artists to create this publication, we would like to create a platform for an exchange of the ideas through the prism of this unique archive documenting Polish visual culture with its vernacular aspects in the last quarter of 20th century. In collaboration with Tatra Museum, four issues of the magazine were published so far, with the unique collection preserved in the form of diapositives.

Presentation/Magazine Launch, followed by a screening of a documentary interview with Hasior and a Q&A with the audience; drink reception at Loafers.

The Magazine will be available for purchase after the panel discussion.

Dr Sylwia Serafinowicz, curator and art critic, contributor to Artforum International Magazine

Kola Śliwińska, independent curator and long-term researcher of Hasior’s work

Łukasz Mojsak, MA CAT, Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

Documentary Interview: “One on One with…” (“Sam na Sam z…”), archival television broadcast featuring Władysław Hasior, Andrzej Osęka, Hanna Kirchner, 1974, 45 mins.

The cultural review broadcast since the early 1970s on the second channel of Polish TV hosted popular figures from the world of art and culture. From the 1950s until the end of the 1980s, Polish Television provided the most important medium in public life. Not only was it a propaganda channel, but also significantly influenced many cultural sectors.

The year when the episode with Władysław Hasior aired marked the heyday of “One on One”, which always followed the same model – guests in the studio included journalists, a critic and a person who acted as a spokesperson for the invited artist. This episode was co-created by Grzegorz Dubowski, television director, who had already made several films on art with Hasior.

Live broadcast lends the programme a characteristic dynamics with sudden close-ups and rapid changes of perspective. Coupled with a slightly surreal decor, the visuality and the performance of the participating figures bring to mind the “television theatre” format, rather than cultural publicism. The atmosphere around Hasior is far from apologetic and the artist is exposed to vitriolic comments and barbed questions from hosts and viewers. Thus, the programme at times emanates the spirit of a Kafkesque court trial.

The event is supported by:
Contemporary Lynx magazine
Tatra Museum
Polish Cultural Institute in London

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