It had a tremendous influence on the development of contemporary art in Szczecin, and the open artistic atmosphere mentioned in the publication was among the most important places in Poland in the twentieth century. “Let’s imagine the artists who come to the utterly destroyed city of Szczecin. The contrasts were astounding. The Germans are camped in the Schrobrigo Valley, there is no water, no bread, there is hunger. Marianne Tomaszowski comes to create art and gets a 7-room apartment in Wielkopolska “- says Wojciech Siselski, Author of Shtoka publication. Szczecin cartoons.
“Piece. Komiks Szczeciński “is an original project by Wojciech Ciesielski, who collected seven short stories in one book. The publication was published by Granda Publishing in early May this year. It can be read by art connoisseurs and those who do not deal with it on a daily basis.
From Novels about Dwarves to Undertaker of Darkness
Wojciech Ciesielski was born in 1979. He graduated in museology at the Nicolas Copernican University in Torun. He worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a branch of the National Gallery in Szczecin. He wrote his first comic book, wondering, at the age of four or five.
– I don’t remember exactly, but I didn’t go to school then. It was a three-volume novel about dwarves, and my brother wrote speech bubbles for me – he said during Open Art Week. Let us add that the meeting with the author was chaired by Kenja Rabinska, and Andrzej “Graba” Grabowiecki made his photo studio space available at ul. Bowie.
But let’s go back to Wojciech Ciesielski. There were not many comics in the family home of our hero, but he especially liked this format. A few years after the dwarf first appeared, it was time for a darker climate.
– With a friend, we came up with a photo of the gravedigger. We put comic brochures on posters, billboards, dormitories, and canteens. This is what our distribution looked like – he recalls with a smile.
Then it’s time for more posts. He has a comic book called “Zosia. The First Flights” and blogs – “Komiks TV” and “Komiks Ciesielski”. Most recently, “Sztuka. Szczecin Caricatures”. Five short stories tell about Szczecin artists, and the other two – about open-air workshops in Karlino and Oوزwiecki. Once upon a time, these were the most important artistic events in Poland, which were co-organized by the father of Wojciech Ciesielski.
Tired and stuffy, or the outdoors in Carlino
– I have very good memories of my time in Carlino. It was a wonderful place. Kuwait was supposed to be Polish at one point, because oil was discovered there. But there was no way to get it out. There was one chip factory in the city, which collapsed at the end of the eighties, and I remember exactly that time and the atmosphere that reigned in the country – recalls Wojciech Siselsky. It was hot, stuffy, humid. Expectations can feel, but you don’t know why. Everyone knew that the system was about to collapse.
It was then that the artists decided to go to Carlino and practice art there. They lived in a hotel for workers, in rooms without toilets. They ate in bars where there were only pork knuckles.
– They could have forgotten about a piece of pork – laughs the comic book artist. – Then you were roaming the city in the heat, smoke, and apathy scattered everywhere. From the hotel, they would go out to the river where they would spend a long time on the bank, and then go to the granary to work. This is what my vacation was like.
The city of contrasts and the first exhibition of artists
Postcards ” Komiks Szczeciński “was also filled with stories of five artists associated with Szczecin and West Pomerania. The publication opens with a short story about Marian Tomaszowski – one of Szczeciński’s art pioneers and organizer of artistic life. He launched the Polish Association of Artists and Designers in the city. Wojciech Ciesielski did not recognize him personally – the artist died Long before his birth.
– But I came across his works and was shocked by their quality, while at the same time not recognizing his works. Marianne Tomaszewski tried to work in Szczecin, but eventually returned to Warsaw. I am not surprised by it. Siselsky asserts that what happened to him in the early years was not optimistic.
Marian Tomaszewski was fortunate or unfortunate to have created art in Szczecin. He arrived in September 1945, and in December unveiled the first exhibition of artists at the headquarters of the Office of Information and Publicity. Unfortunately, three days after the premiere, the gallery burned down, and with it all the artists’ works.
– Let’s imagine artists coming from the then capital of Poland to the utterly destroyed city of Szczecin. The contrasts were amazing. The Germans are camping in the Schrobrigo Valley, there is no water, no bread, there is hunger. Marian Tomaszewski comes to Szczecin to create art and gets a 7-room apartment in Wielkopolska.
There is no more difficult one
Wojciech Ciesielski emphasizes that each story was associated with different challenges. It is difficult for him to decide which novel was the most difficult for him.
– In terms of narration, I was the least prepared for the story about Osieki. There were a lot of leads I wanted to cover. I got lost in what to cut and what to let go. For me, it was a set of scenes that I heard. I’ve tried to glue them together into a story that engages the reader – he says. With Bruno Tode, reading his book was a big challenge. And several times – he laughs and adds: – But it was the story about Jan Zyvczyk that worked best for me.
As he explains, when creating the comics, he followed in the footsteps of his “fascination and memory of what he knows.” Each story is presented, marked, and drawn differently. But this comic book about Danuta Dąbrowska, a post-concept artist, is very different from the others. It is a college built on the artist’s works and poems.
– I wanted to show Danuta’s work, and any other format did not suit me. I used semi-poetic works. Her latest work is based on scientific, analytical and synthetic ideas, but at the same time it is filled with lyrical longing – the author of the publication explains and assures that science and art “can perfectly harmonize with each other.” – I tried to show him in this comic. I just added some notes and made copies of Danuta’s work.
To reach the largest possible group
As ukasz Musielak wrote in the preface: “Art. Komiks szczeciński “Not only about Szczecin, the artists associated with that city and the Polish artistic community of the twentieth century in general, but also about art and our presence in the world mediated by it, as well as about the storytelling itself.
The main premise of the publication is to reach the widest possible audience. Not only those interested in contemporary art, but also lovers of comics, history and culture. In this way, knowledge of these artists and events has an opportunity to reach beyond the narrow circle of specialists.