Does Art Have a Past?

“Not only people die, their homes die with them. This is my constant struggle with death and passing away.” — Zofia Rydet

Discover the art of Zofia Rydet and more Polish photographers at an evening of discussions exploring the role of the past in contemporary Polish art and celebrating the centenary of suffrage for women in Poland.

Organised in partnership with UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and Centrala Space, Birmingham.

This event runs alongside the exhibitions Family Values: Polish Photography Now at Calvert 22 Foundation and 100 Years, So What? at Centrala Space, and the conference Impacts of Gender Discourse at UCL SSEES.


Rescuing and Reclaiming: Aesthetics & Communism, Contemporary Art & Women Rights

Introduction by chair Dr Urszula Chowaniec, culture and literary specialist at UCL SSEES, and welcome by Hannah Zafiropoulos, assistant curator at Calvert 22 Foundation.

A presentation of the project A Portrait of Lower Silesia, inspired by Zofia Rydet, by Dr Ewa Sidorenko, Greenwhich University.

A discussion on the role of the socialist past on projects like the Sociological Record by Polish women artists from the exhibition 100 Years, So What? at Centrala Space: Iwona Demko, Dorota HadrianMałgorzata Dawidek, and Alicja Rogalska.


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