Presentation of Olga Drenda’s book Polish Hauntology. Things and People in the Years of Transition

7 June 2018
19:30–21:00

DESCRIPTION

Olga Drenda will present her book about the visual everyday during the perestroika years in Poland.

In her book, published by Garage in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press, Olga Drenda scrupulously describes the everyday and urban cultures of the hauntologic Poland, aiming to avoid any illusory generalizations. Amazingly enough, these seemingly fragmented bits of text scrutinizing furniture and toy design, street fashion and mass culture (the design of books, video and audio cassettes, periodicals, etc.) gradually evolve into a consistent and all-encompassing life story of a philistine from ‘Polish Poland’: where and how did they live? what were their hobbies? what did they read, watch, and listen to? Many readers will probably find this story extremely reminiscent of their own Soviet past. And still, it is very different.

“Hopefully, whenever I described people and things, I managed to fill the blank spaces and refine the hastily written stories about a period which allegedly has been largely, but yet not entirely, forgotten.” – Olga Drenda.

Olga Drenda’s visit to Russia is supported by Polish Institute in Moscow.

ABOUT THE LECTURER

 

Olga Drenda is an ethnographer/anthropologist, author, and translator. She has published in 2+3 D,SlantedZnakDwutygodnikNowy Obywatel et al., and has collaborated with Unsound Festival, Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, and many others. She is the author of the Duchologia Polska page and the books Duchologia polska. Rzeczy i ludzie w latach transformacji (2016), Czyje jest nasze życie (co-authored with Bartłomiej Dobroczyński, 2017). Her interests include the anthropology of daily life, the transformation era in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe, and the subcultures of amateur creatives and collectors. She lives in Mikołów.

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