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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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Abzgram

Abzgram

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“The Republics of the future depend on how their youth is raised…” This is a quote written on the wall of the J. Zamojski Academy. What are Polish schools like? Well, everyone in Poland knows that quite clearly. We can hear Gombrowicz chuckle from beyond the grave... Why? An attempt to investigate the contemporary educational system was undertaken by the photographer Karolina Wojtas.
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Marta, from the "New Adventures of Orphan Mary or Fulfillment of the Dreams" series

Marta, from the "New Adventures of Orphan Mary or Fulfillment of the Dreams" series

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Maurycy Gomulicki, 1996
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Piedmont

Piedmont

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Harry Gruyaert, 2003
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Love and Protect

Love and Protect

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Stas Bartnikas’s favourite place to fly to and photograph is Iceland. He believes that Iceland is one of the most photogenic countries when looked from above – the combination of ice, snow, volcanic formations, glacial rivers, beaches and ocean makes for an absolutely surreal sight.
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Garden

Garden

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The project “Garden” by Marta Zgierska and Mateusz Sarełło is an invitation to observe a couple in a dialogue, negotiating their relationship and their collaborative authorship. The boundaries between the two are ambiguous; obsessive, poetic and analytical. Zgierska is dedicated to systematic fragmentation and dissection of the image of her own body, but at the same time also the dissection of flowers as symbols of other women. This results in persistent acts of contradictory self-inscriptions, at the same time violent and subtle.

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Italia 1957

Italia 1957

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Some photos from a well-known series by an even more well-known Polish photographer, Wojciech Plewiński.
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Brushing Grass

Brushing Grass

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The works from the “Brushing Grass” series document simple performative actions among clusters of grass. Brushed with a comb or smoothed out with the artists’ bare hands, the plants look like humanoid heads, adorned with thick mops of hair. And yet they resist; unruly ‘hair’ sticks out, grasses break when touched.
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Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

Anger Detracts from Her Beauty

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The depiction of female anger as irrational, hysterical, and just plain ugly has a long tradition: from harpies, witches and Medusa, to young girls inculcated to be polite and smiling, to memes of raging feminists and the so-called Resting Bitch Face syndrome.
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Water Dreams of Itself

Water Dreams of Itself

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The concept of identity, like that of reality itself, has become amorphous and multiplicitous. The result is a fluxing world in which fixity has been replaced by the potential for a range of shifting forms. In an individualistic culture, we can assemble and deconstruct ourselves at will, with the strict bonds of old giving way to a liquid instability.
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Solaris

Solaris

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At first glance, one can assume that Igor Omulecki’s works from the Solaris cycle stay within the orbit of post-minimalism and op-art. After all, the minds of the inhabitants of the art world are somehow trained to create such connotations. However, as Władysław Strzemiński put it in his Theory of Seeing: “It is not what the eye catches mechanically that matters in the process of seeing, but the consciousness man has of his seeing.”
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Kontakt

Kontakt

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Somewhere in Eastern Europe, children gather every summer to wear military uniforms, camp in tents under harsh conditions and practice firing guns. For an outsider, the idea itself seems scary. For them, it’s the time of their life.
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Skateboarders

Skateboarders

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Hugh Holland’s 1970s photographs of kids and teens skateboarding in empty swimming pools and boardwalks in Southern California are a perfect snapshot of the wild, frenetic energy of that era.
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At the Baltic Sea

At the Baltic Sea

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Herbert List, 1933
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Waiting for the Snow

Waiting for the Snow

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“Waiting for the Snow” (“Czekając na śnieg”) is a photographic project presenting the curious phenomenon of Polish migration to South American countries during the 19th-century partitions and the interwar period.
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Magnetic Sculptures

Magnetic Sculptures

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The “Magnetic Sculptures” project by Honza Zamojski is a series of overscaled black-and-white photographs depicting sculptures made of tiny magnets. Recalling the tone and proportion of Brassaï’s famous portfolio “Les Sculptures de Picasso”, Zamojski’s shadowy monuments also invoke the unrealized forms of constructivist architecture.
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INSIDE INSECT

INSIDE INSECT

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The “INSIDE INSECT” project is a personal exploration of the work, construction and representation of the symbolic universe of the film-maker Luis Buñuel. “INSIDE INSECT” updates the figure of Luis Buñuel through contemporary artistic perspectives, and explores the use and function of images.
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AEON

AEON

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Swiss photographer and artist Marcel Rickli reflects on pressing concerns about radioactive waste in the form of a visual research project in the field of tension between documentary photography and art. His latest work, AEON, contrasts the symbolic nature of nuclear semiotics with the factuality of repositories as they are planned and built today.
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ENJOY house

ENJOY house

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This series by New York artist Shelli Weiler presents forms of escapist amusement as hostile and uninhabitable environments. Subjects and spaces are produced in the pursuit of ideals, where sites for entertainment are fashioned by their shortcomings. Through the negation of colour, this series focuses on how the construction of fantasy inevitably entails its own failure.
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There is Nothing New Under The Sun

There is Nothing New Under The Sun

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American philosopher and literary critic Frederic Jameson once said that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. The photographer Kata Geibl refers to this thesis with her photo series entitled “There is Nothing New Under The Sun”.
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Halfway Up Mt. Mitchell, Burnsville, NC

Halfway Up Mt. Mitchell, Burnsville, NC

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Halfway Up Mt. Mitchell, Burnsville, NC, 2013