Wojciech PRAŻMOWSKI (ur. 1949, Częstochowa)

School Trip

photographic object, gelatin silver prints, wood, string,
glass, 8 x 32 x 8 cm, dedicated case: 14 x 40 x 12.5 cm,
signed and inscription "SCHOOL TRIP. 1992 / W. PRAŻMOWSKI, POLAND"
on the bottom of the object
unique object

Photographic objects play an important role in Prażmowski’s art, and photographs from his family archive are a frequently employed motif. This object was inspired by a school trip to Cracow made in 1934 by Prażmowski’s father (who was dead by the time this work was created). He would often show his son a class photograph from school, pointing to himself among several dozen tiny faces. Prażmowski blew up the images of the boys and built an object resembling a school bus, where his father is singled out with a small piece of glass.
The prototype of the object was deposited with the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.
A photograph documenting the prototype of this work is reproduced in the monograph Wojciech Prażmowski. Photographs from 1987-1997 (Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, 2002).

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