Biuro Wystaw

The Suitcase

5 – 30 November, 2016

Time and place for the duration of exhibitions and meetings with authors:
7 – 17 September, 2016
16. International Literature Festival in Berlin
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, Berlin

5 – 30 November, 2016
Exhibition Bureau / Polish Modern Art Foundation
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 16/18, Warsaw

Photographer Ali Ghandtschi and art historian Mark Giannori accidentally found a suitcase in Berlin, which contained a rich collection of private photographs of some unknown German family, dating from the late nineteenth century to the 80s. Over a hundred images became silent testimonies of history and today they are an unsolved riddle. Ali Ghandtschi and Mark Giannori, inspired by the discovery, began to ask questions about memory and history, and decided to start a game with the medium of photography and the identity of portrayed people. They asked a group of Polish writers, journalists and artists to prepare texts, associated with pictures of suitcases. Physiognomies and landscapes became the starting point to create a narrative, which was established on the basis of the image, apart from the actual history. The collected stories, essays and photographs become the basis for exhibitions and publications.

Writers: Agata Araszkiewicz, Marek Bieńczyk, Jacek Dehnel, Michał Głowiński, Łukasz Gorczyca, Ireneusz Grzyb, Piotr Siemion, Stanisław Strasburger, Tomasz Szerszeń, Magdalena Środa, Agnieszka Taborska, Agata Tuszyńska.

Meetings within the project at the Literature Festival in Berlin:
– Discussion: Jacek Dehnel, Karolina Puchała-Rojek, 10.09.2016, 16:30
– Meeting: Stanislaw Strasburger, moderated by Carsten Hueck, 09.16.2016

Meetings in Warsaw:

public meeting with Ali Ghandtschi and Mark Giannori
November 7, 2016, Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Goethe–Insitut, ul. Chmielna 13 A, Warszawa
moderated by Agnieszka Pajączkowska

public meeting with Stanisław Strasburger
November 9, 2016, Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition Bureau, Krakowskie Przedmieście 16/18, Warsaw
moderated by Christoph Thun
Stanisław Strasburger – writer, journalist, traveler, manager of culture and education. Freelance writer and cultural manager, lives between Berlin, Warsaw and Beirut.

public meeting with Agnieszka Taborska and Tomasz Szerszeń
November 15, 2016, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Exhibition Bureau, Krakowskie Przedmieście 16/18, Warsaw
moderated by Anna Rowińska
Agnieszka Taborska – writer, art historian and translator. Lives in Warsaw, lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States.
Tomasz Szerszeń – photographer, visual artist, anthropologist and researcher of art.

public meeting with Agata Araszkiewicz and Łukasz Gorczyca
November 23, 2016, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Exhibition Bureau, Krakowskie Przedmieście 16/18, Warsaw
Łukasz Gorczyca – curator, art historian, writer and essayist. Co-founder of Raster Gallery in Warsaw. Co-author of the books: „Tekstylia. O rocznikach siedemdziesiątych” (2002), „W połowie puste” (2011), „Sztuka w naszym wieku” (2016).



authors of the project:
Ali Ghandtschi
Mark Giannori

Agata Araszkiewicz
Marek Bieńczyk
Jacek Dehnel
Michał Głowiński
Łukasz Gorczyca
Ireneusz Grzyb
Piotr Siemion
Stanisław Strasburger
Tomasz Szerszeń
Magdalena Środa
Agnieszka Taborska
Agata Tuszyńska

Sarmen Beglarian
Sylwia Szymaniak

Polish Modern Art Foundation
Senate Chancellery in Berlin,
Federal Agency for Civic Education,
Goethe Instytute in Warsaw,
Peter-Weiss-Stiftung fur Kubst und Politik s. V.,
Polish Institute in Berlin

Archeology of Photography Foundation
Foksal Gallery Foundation

project co-financed by the capital city of Warsaw