Portraits - the city and people of Poznan

wersja polska

25 june - 14 july 2007
Next exhibitions:
17.VII - 20 VIII 2007, Urząd Miasta Poznania, Hol Parterowy                                  
6-31.X 2007 Wielkopolski Urząd Wojewódzki, Hol Główny

Honor Patron :
Prezydent City of Poznań, Ryszarda Grobelnego
Salon Posnania, ul. Ratajczaka 44

25.VI 2007 godz. 19:30

Stowarzyszenie Twórców i Sympatyków Kultury przy KWP w Poznaniu
Salon Posnania Wydawnictwa Miejskiego w Poznaniu
Program financed also by city Poznań

Sebastian Cichocki

- photographer, man of Poznań. Graduate of Wyższa Szkoła Policji in Szczytno as well as Warmińsko-Mazurski University in Olsztyn and graduate of Post Graduate Studies at Akademia Ekonomiczna in Poznań ( Quality Management In Public Administration). Police Superintendent in Komenda Wojewódzka Policji in Poznań.
Assistant of the Board (from 2004) and member of STISK by KWP in Poznań.
Fascinated with photography from 2002. Initially taking photos of people and places while traveling through Poland and Europe with his digital camera. Those trips resulted with "Mój świat daleki i bliski" retrospective in 2005
One of his favorite ways of artistic expression is reportage, for example one from International Folk Festival INTERFOLK 2005, Venice (retrospective "Weneckie impresje"), or a recent one from salt mine in Kłodaw (December 2006).
From 2005 he has started to document exhibitions of Jędrzej Stępak and those organized by STISK by KWP in Poznań.
Apart from mentioned retrospectives and documentary work, the artist also took part in few collective exhibitions like: "Flores" - Galeria "Na strychu", Poznań; XXXV- lecie EKOARTu, MTP, Poznań; "Drzewa- zielona płuca ziemi" - Biblioteka Ekologiczna, Poznań;
Exhibition of works of members of Photo Club FORMATY- Piwnica 21, Poznań.
Mobile: 609 802 439
e-mail: sebastian.cichocki_fotografia@wp.pl

Anastazja Fietisowa

- painter, interior designer, conductor.
Born in Brześć (Byelorus) in a family of a well known painter Iwan Fietisow. After high school she graduated from Musical Collage in Minsk and worked as a conductor. Then in 1982 she graduated from ASP in Minsk and became professional interior designer for the next eight years. Upgraded her artistic qualifications in scope of visiual art in 1993 in experimental artistic school in Moscow directed by professor Eugeniusz Rosenblum.
In 1996 she decided to paint only on easel and to do experimental art pieces (paintings using enamel on copper).
She also finds interesting city landscape including panoramas and portraits.
Her works were presented on various exhibitions in Poland, Russia, Byelorus, France and Germany and they are placed in private European collections and museums in Grodno, Brześć and Minsk.
Lives and creates in Brześć.
Mobile: 698 046 644

Krzysztof Jakubik

- artistic sculptor, medallion maker. He received a diploma with honors in 1981 at PWSSP in Poznań. Has organized five big retrospectives in Nuremberg, Moskcow, Poznan, Cracow and Warsaw. He has also participated in more than hundred exhibitions in Poland and abroad. He is the author of 800 medallion designs and small sculptural forms. The artist has received 17 artistic prizes in Poland and abroad, for example.:
- 1985 VII Biennale Dantesca, Italy,
- 1988 IV Salon Zimowy Rzeźby, Warsaw - Gold Medal,
- 1988 Wystawa Rzeźby, Szczecin - I award,
- 1990 Salon Rzeźby, Warsaw - I award,
- 1990 Zachęta, Żołnierska Powinność - I award,

Most important monuments:
- Kazachstan, Astana - Saint Faustyna Monument,
- USA, Posen -Posen Monument,
- Licheń -AK Monument,
- Mogilno - priest Piotr Wawrzyniak Monument,
- Commemorate Board of Kurta Lewin,
- Śrem - priest Piotr Wawrzyniak Monument .

Apart from the mentioned monuments, the artist has also made few commemorate boards of famous Polish citizens in Poznań.

His art pieces are placed in museums and private collections in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, USA, France, RPA, Sweden. Such personages as John Paul II, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Helmut Kohl., Jacques Chirac, primate Józef Glemp, Jerzy Buzek, archbishop Tomasz Peta possess his art pieces in their collections.
Krzysztof Jakubik has received three scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and Art, he is a member of the World Federation of Medallion Makers FIDEM and vice president of Board of Polish Association of Sculptors in Warsaw.
Mobile: 608 294 938

Barbara Kubiak-Sobczak

- educator, animator of culture, founder and president of STISK, initiator and commissioner of the exhibition.
Graduate of Philosophic and Historical Department of UAM in Poznań. Throughout her professional life she was helping juvenile delinquents working as a Director of Policyjna Izba Dziecka in Poznań.
For time being she is involved in tapestry, paintings and culture-forming activities.
She has attended the Artistic Tapestry Studio for 10 years, conducted by Jędrzej Stępak. Using classical technique she does tapestry of wool, string, sisal and paper. She has prepared series of double-color tapestry "Poznań - my town" as well as painted many landscapes and still life.
Entrant of few national contests and parades where she received several prizes and awards.
She started to do oil on canvas in 2002. She is an animator of culture in police environment in Wielkopolska region. She has organized and conducted over a dozen of open airs for artists and workshops for children and teenagers "Wakacje ze sztuką" (Jankowice, Lusowo).
Also she has organized tens of exhibitions, for example in: Poznańska Palmiarnia, Green Galeria, main hallway of WUW in Poznań, KWP in Poznań, KWP in Łódź.
She runs the Gallery "Na strychu", where she organizes numerous individual and collective exhibitions as well as various workshops and programs.
She is the founder (2003) and the president of Stowarzyszenie Twórców i Sympatyków Kultury by KWP w Poznań. This society STISK is the only one legally registered within Polish Police environment as a Public Benefit Organization. STISK is in charge of promotion and popularization culture.
mobile 607 997 613
e-mail: biuro@stisk.pl


Attractive, well thought and realized exhibition "Portraits - the city and people of Poznan" was prepared by Stowarzyszenie Twórców i Sympatków Kultury in association with Komenda Wojewódzka Policji in Poznan, together with Salon Posnania Wydawnictwa Miejskiego. I would like to stress right at the beginning the organizer, as the exhibition is, in my opinion, the largest artistic achievement of this young association, which has been dynamically active since 2002 and since 2004 it has the status of public use organization. It is worth mentioning that apart from people with higher artistic education diplomas there are also individuals for whom art is a secondary activity to which they commit their spare time outside their professional life. This does not mean that their pieces stray in any way from the level of works performed by so called professionals, but that their authors more often establish dialogue with tradition, they respect the canons of chosen genre or they do not directly relate to classics' achievements.

However, in case of this exhibition, all matters mentioned act to the advantage of the artists participating in it. The authors of presented works are not the main characters of this exposition - as it usually occurs - but the city of Poznan, its architecture, backstreets as well as city's important personas - its artists and many other well-known figures of public life.

Among many urban landscapes there are two extensive panoramas, probably the greatest attractions of the exhibition. The larger one was created in several months, replenished almost until the very last moment, of 120 x 240 cm as well as the smaller one of 50 x 150 cm. These oil paintings consisting of several parts and other compositions are executed with great care and annalistic precision. They respect the topographical exactitude of Przemyslaw town. They portray the realities of contemporary Poznan. It is the city of 2007, but at the same time universal, poetical, magical and still in undefined time thanks to applied means of artistic expression.

The principal part of exhibition consists of the oil paintings and pastels by Anastazja Fietisowa from Byelorussia - painter fascinated with history of Polish cities. Krzysztof Jakubik's sculptures, Barbra Kubiak - Sobczak's tapestries and Sebastian Cichocki's photography complete the collection .

Let's turn our attention now to the most important features of works by Fietisowa , to later bring closer the works of concurrent artists to the recipients . The painter specializes in portraying specific cities and people living in them. Generally, it can be said that each time her work is a journey towards the sunny side of life. She claims, that "the painting has to emit positive energy and peace, because every one of her painted works always affects a person. I want it to act soothingly". However, when it comes to people portrayed she sees in them and shows their best sides. "There are artists - she says - who look for the dark side, strong impressions, mystery and I look for glow, ray of sunshine in people, the thing which makes a man good, as when he was born". I presume, that the artist seems to be close to the view of art expressed by Spanish writer Baltazar Graciána y Morales: Art is a supplement of nature, as if it was its second creator; it replenishes, it beautifies it, sometimes it surpasses it, it adds - as to say - a different world to the first one; it fixes what is defective in it and it gives it perfection which it does not have it alone. Art, when it connects itself with nature, creates new wonders every day, it makes a magnificent garden from uncultivated ground.

In my opinion, it is worth taking a closer look, particularly at the passage describing addition of another world to the existing one. The sensitive visionary, who " was under the stars", respecting the material relations of the external world, makes it poetic and gives it certain dimension of Christian spirituality. Paintings by Fietisowa, as someone accurately noticed, have a charm of summer night in them, because only during such night appearance of angels in the city, God's courtiers, his messengers and musicians who usually spread the splendor of colors and melody round the Highest Creature as well as animation of statues (Bambereczka) is possible. Godly creatures clearly take a liking for the city. They are visible in almost every composition, playing, praying and carrying the good news for the city upon Warta river. It is worth remembering that the task of heavenly mediators between God and people is also: initiating love, performed by seraphs, wisdom and enlightenment assigned to cherubs as well as harmony for which thrones are responsible . The painter does not differentiate the angels which mainly give concerts in Poznan, seldom dance or listen to the orders from the sky in a pensive mood, however it is still well known that they have spread their care over Poznan.

The artist took a liking and showed in a way specific to her most of all the charming corners of Starówka in Poznan with contiguities, and sometimes the surrounding area of Wyspiańskiego street, where her studio used to be or such buildings as the cathedral.

I suppose, that her work is a harmonious combination of her interests, professional education (musical and plastic) as well as gradually obtained practical experience for instance, during painting frescos with acrylic paints or enamel on copper. Not only the world introduced in her paintings, but also their substance seem to testify about it. I think about pictorial values, the stratification of paint, use of no mimetic elements, dots and stains gained as it seems by the method of sprinkling the canvas with paint, through which the painter creates the shapes which carry a meaning; contour forming of figures; wide, specific vista of brush. Apart from that the artist applies whitened, somewhat dimmed colors, sometimes introduces gold color, fulfilling the function of sun rays, but most of all signifying the sky, which portrays reality, giving it lightness and dreamy liquidity.

Panorama and portraits occupy a prominent place among the works by Fietisowa. First of all, because they can be rarely found at present, as we remember they existed independently from 17th century until 19th , when they were very popular. Nowadays hardly anyone undertakes the trouble of painting the extensive view of a city. Such work requires the burdensome records, hundreds of pictures and the Benedictine patience in reproduction of bird's eye view of not only characteristic buildings, but whole architectural sequence and even individual trees or houses. I believe, that Panorama Miasta Poznania, so called large, is impressive. It portrays the whole centre of Poznan with vast fragments of adjoining districts. To see how our city extended on the span of several centuries we should compare the most well-known panorama of 1617, representing the view from the north (Frans Hohenberg and Georg Braun, Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Theatri praecipuarum totius mundi urbium liber sextus., Köln 1618, t. IV) with the largest painting by Fietisowa. Undoubtedly, looking over this masterpiece will cause a great deal of satisfactions to people of Poznan.

The portraits of well-known personas will certainly intrigue them as well. The artist is able to seize the similarity of portrayed figures, and in the case of images of artists, which in this set are the best, tells about them by putting their busts into the objects or situations associated with them. Among portraits I personally find the best almost black and white portrait of Wojciech Müller, dean of ASP in Poznan and well-known graphic artist. The author convincingly in one capture connected His Magnificence donning Him in timeless, refined clothes, underlining the dignity with decorative elements, with artist, which is visible through the coloring of the painting and fragment of his work in the background.

The set of paintings by Fietisowa are completed by Krzysztof Jakubiak sculptures, representing the busts of distinguished citizens of Poznan, among others: the former president Cyryl Ratajski, writer Arkady Fiedler, priest Piotr Wawrzyniak and former voivode Marian Król.

Recapitulating the main part of the exhibition it should be mentioned, that the vision of Poznan by Byelorussian artist is magical, somewhat naïve; replete with the author's internal warmth, however at the same time respecting - which I would like to stress - architectural and topographical details and through that memorable and true. It induces therefore to reflect on the subject of the present state of the city, its beauty at different times of day and also urban shape in the future.

The concurrent compositions with regard to their monochromatic tone do not disturb in perception of multicolored paintings, but enrich the painter's part of exposition with these fragments of architecture, which irrevocably disappeared from the landscape of the city (Barbra Kubiak - Sobczak) but they also inspire us to reflections over past time, former buildings and the coloring of Poznan, well-known from so many sepia photos (Sebastian Cichocki). At the same time they superbly complete the enchanted, "angelic" visions of Fietisowa.

The photographer Cichocki respecting the foundations of the exhibition consciously relates to the way of illustrating from the beginning of 20th century, and Kubiak - Sobczak to graphic like photography, recording the most important elements of the presented world and climate of old print, operating with large contrasts. The tapestry of the mentioned artist evoke nostalgia not only because of the applied picturing, but also, that they were created in accordance with drawings from 1935 by Leon Wyczółkowski (Ratusz i domki budnicze) as well as Bronisław Schönbrona (Krzyż przy Moście Chwaliszewskim, Widok na synagogę). The authoress' artistry in sketching the shapes of represented architecture is worth noticing; the subtle, only seemingly one-colored backgrounds as well as rough drawings of less essential elements, as in the example of tapestry with synagogue. These kinds of composition impose the impression of disappearing, which more obviously and distinctly informs the spectator of irrevocable departure of different cultures, creeds and nation from the urban landscape. Let us remember that not only Poles with Jews, but also with Germans, Italians, Greeks, Scotsmen and Hungarians coexisted in our city for centuries.

Speaking about the concurrent artists it is worth to dedicate attention to the undoubtedly talented Sebastian Cichocki. This photographer has recently been recognized as a portrait-painter of Venice. He presented in colorful photos what is specific for both the architecture of this city on the water and the custom and tradition, among others: the pink elevations, bridges, masks and boats moored to the characteristic pales. In presumably traditional, because in the thoroughly tasteful frames he used color, setting against the expressive parts to blurred ones, or horizontally seized color crashed with vertical rhythms of facades, bridge embellishments or pegs. The recipient contemplating these works quickly penetrate into the climate of the legendary city and reminded with pleasure or ascertained its characteristic features.

Different than Venetian pictures consisting on cycle Magiczna Starówka are kept in sepia First of all, because the photographer imposed on himself essential limitation, based on operating with very restricted color. With this regard, the pictures presented at the exhibition were taken at the photographers' magical hour (around 6 am) when the dark blue sky is not yet lit up by the rays of the sun. Thus, there are larger contrasts, presenting only the profile of some monuments, differentiation of variously lit up sets. Apart from that, this early time of the day extorted the longer exposure time. And therefore, enigmatical movement appeared in static formulation (moved profiles of the individual figures', light lines after passing cars). There should also be added the changes of perspective as well as glow and shades formed by artificial lighting of streets and buildings. The undoubtedly talented artist, who let photographed captions through filter of his own personality, managed to seize the magic of Old Market and surrounding area.

Therefore the works of concurrent artists completing the painting part of the exhibition, contribute to making the exposition more attractive and diverse of exposition as well as - more importantly - they let the recipient visualize the beauty of the city aspects previously unknown.

I believe, that this successful exhibition would not come to existence, if it was not for the idea of Barbra Kubiak - Sobczak from her commitment and the persistent desire to realization of the initial assumption. She is the founder and the president of Stowarzyszenie Twórców i Symatyków Kultury in association with KWP in Poznan and first of all its good spirit and driving force. She successfully runs the Gallery "Na Strychu", where she organizes numerous individual and collective exhibitions as well as various workshops and programs. I would like to wish her the next creative ideas and equally interesting undertakings as the exhibition " Portraits - the city and people of Poznan", organized outside her own main office.

Andrzej Haegenbarth


aktualizacja 14.10.2007

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