Marysia Lewandowska; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; 17/1/85

Marysia Lewandowska presents a lecture of her work including a series of slides that refer to the idea of place along with readings and quotes from Louie Khan, John Berger, Martin Heidegger, Herman Hesse, and Italo Calvino, as well as her own writings.

The theme of the lecture navigates between displacement, memory, language, home, journeys, and unpacking an understanding of 'place'. Lewandowska commences the lecture with an affirmation that she 'does not consider herself in exile, nor should her work be viewed with these regards'. She is referring to her relocation from her native country of Poland to her current residence in North America. Images of Warsaw, Poland are displayed on a slide projector.

The pictures date back to a period long before, however, there is an important influence of the past that has conditioned Lewandowska and the present tense of this landscape.

Lewandowska touches on the ideas of home. There is a correlation with an architectural home and shelter and the home and shelter of the body. This becomes a crux in Lewandowska's explanation of the city as the house as the landscape as the body, an investigation of the pertinent question: what is a place? The lecture is followed by audience question and answer touching upon ideas of collaboration, sound art, and insufficient critical writing regarding fiber arts.


Accession No. WAA.013
Artist: Marysia Lewandowska
Container annotation: Placed/ displaced lecture on her own work.
Place/Year: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax 17/1/85
Type: Slide Lecture
Technical aspects: Very clear. Damaged at the end of side B. Stereo.
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: TDK