‘Rejected Heritage’ e-publication


‘Rejected Heritage’ is the first e-publication featuring a collection of texts which attempt to describe a new landscape of 1980s’ Polish art, in order to include the so far neglected aspects and characters who did not fit within the framework outlined in any previous publication. The black-and-white rhetoric, typical to the attitude of the1980s’ opposition – and therefore understandable – and used especially to describe the boycott of official institutions is therefore replaced by a fair description of the situation and study of the attitudes. Special focus is placed on self-organisation and grass-root democracy aspects of the art scene.

The publication combines conference materials and interviews conducted with the actors from the 1980s’ Polish art scene. The interviews and panel discussions included in the publication mark the beginning of a broader agenda aimed at preserving memory (oral history).

Authors: Waldemar Baraniewski, Luiza Nader, Dorota Jarecka, Ewa Małgorzata Tatar, Dominik Kuryłek, Piotr Stasiowski, Alexandra Alisauskas, Wojciech Kozłowski, Aleksandra Jach, Łukasz Gorczyca, Karol Sienkiewicz, Aleksandra Ściegienna, Piotr Bernatowicz and others.

Edited by: Karol Sienkiewicz
Scientific cooperation: Waldemar Baraniewski
Translations: Ewa Kanigowska-Giedroyc
Proof-reading: Joanna Mueller-Liczner

The project is the result of co-operation between the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw University and other universities in Poland and supported by ERSTE Foundation.

‘Rejected Heritage’ e-publication is available on the website of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw starting 27 April 2012.