*The collection of 27 photographs by Mikołaj Grynberg, a photographer associated with Warsaw, has just arrived at the Warsaw Museum. To celebrate this occasion the Museum of Warsaw Praga will publish the series “Czas pokaże” and “Zawodowcy” under the common title “Varsovians” from September 24th.
The series were created in the years 2003 and 2004-2007 respectively. Czas pokaże shows young people at the threshold of adulthood. Grynberg allows the portrayed to speak, complementing the paintings with fragments of statements betraying their dreams and plans.
The series Zawodowcy shows Prague’s craftsmen and merchants at their workplaces. It is a documentation of concrete choices, which can be the fulfillment of desires, but also a life compromise. The uniqueness of these photographs is evidenced by the transitoriness of the world registered in the pictures, many of the Prague plants registered by Grynberg no longer exist.
The exhibition is part of a wider trend dedicated to the social history of the city, which the Museum of Warsaw explores and explores in many of its projects. The show of Grynberg’s photographs will allow us to take a look at Warsaw’s citizens at the beginning of the 21st century and reflect on what the prospect of several years has changed in the capital city.
Mikołaj Grynberg (born 1966) is a photographer, writer, reporter and psychologist by education. For his collection of short stories Rejwach nominated for the Nike Literary Award. He creates closed cycles, mainly portraits. He willingly experiments with form, but his main goal is to look at emotions.