EUSTACHY KOSSAKOWSKI – 6 METRES BEFORE PARIS
Opening: 21.05.2013, 19:00
The Gentle Barbarian, ul. Powiśle 11
MON–THU, SUN 9:00–21:00, FRI–SAT 9:00–22:00
Curators: Anka Ptaszkowska, Marika Kuźmicz
159 objective photographs by Eustache Kossakowski is a series of photos from 1971. The innovation that is often highlighted comes from Kossakowski's taking one point of view for 159 photographs. He photographed every one of the signposts with PARIS written on them located at the city's outer edge, from a distance of six metres and with the sign in the middle of the photo. According to the rule he adopted, the photograph of the reality that surrounded resulted from pure chance. Paradoxically, the series 6 meters before Paris proved to be a convincing, though surprising document on Paris, and as such was successful. As was written at the time, "The signposts reading PARIS invoke the city's myth, while their surroundings demystify it". Forty years later, the photos from this series are a priceless historical document of 1970s urban reality.
In 1971, the 6 meters before Paris series achieved great success when it was shown at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (Pavillon Marsan, Musée du Louvre). It was then exhibited at Modern Museet in Stockholm and at various important European galleries and museums. At present, one version of the series can be found in the collection of the Nicéphore Niépce Photography Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, and another in the collection of the Carnavalet Museum in Paris. Exhibition organised by the ARTon Foundation and EKO Association.