Thanks to the support of the City of Warsaw, the Arton Foundation is preparing the first monograph on Andrzej Jórczak (1944-80).

Andrzej Jórczak was a photographer, visual artist, astronomer, lecturer, culture and art animator and director of the ZPAFs Mala Gallery in the 2nd half of the 1970s. He was born in Warsaw in 1944.

Although he  was interested in art from an early age, he graduated from astronomy at the Warsaw University and began working as a physics teacher at the Cervantes High School in Warsaw. At the same time, he also began to realize his work, in time becoming one of the key figures of the Warsaw Avant-Garde of the 70s and the director of the famous Galeria Mała of the Union of Polish Artists Photographers, located on Zamkowy Square in Warsaw.

It was Andrzej Jórczak who was the person responsible for the gallerys program in 1977-80, transforming it from a photography gallery into one of Polands important art venues.

In 1968 Jórczak w met photographer Krzysztof Wojciechowski, who in turn was friends with Henryk Gajewski, an avant-garde artist involved in performance art, among other things, who later ran the legendary Remont Gallery. The meeting of Jórczak, Gajewski and Wojciechowski was the beginning of Jórczaks artistic activity - thanks to his colleagues he met Zbigniew Dłubak, who advised him to enroll in the Union of Polish Artists Photographers and Jan Świdziński. It was Dłubak and Świdziński who were the first to appreciate Jórczaks unusual, separate works. Andrzej Jórczak used the medium of photography in his work, understanding it as a tool for learning about the world. All his photographs did not have aesthetic goals, but, using extensive knowledge from the field of physics and astronomy, pursued cognitive and existential goals. At the same time, however, his works were highly communicative, comprehensible and convincing, even appealing to the viewer, regardless of his education and knowledge of art.

Initially, he was involved as an organizer in the activities of the Repair Club and Gallery, but in the second half of the 1970s he began to deal primarily with the activities of the Mała Galeria. This important place in the field of Warsaw art, under Jórczaks leadership, gained nationwide prominence.

The fact of his activities as an animator and curator of exhibitions has also not yet been sufficiently, if at all, investigated, which the book that is the subject of this task aims to change. During his tenure at the Little Gallery, Jórczak showed a very keen intuition about which direction art and its understanding would take. He decided that the Gallery, a place hitherto dedicated exclusively to photography, should become simply an art gallery, where, although most of the material presented was photography, at the same time the place was also open to other media, including painting, film and performance. Jórczak, not without some resistance from his colleagues at ZAPF, organized exhibitions of such artists as Jan Świdziński and Jan Dobkowski, for example. At the same time, he continued to develop his own work.

Jórczak died tragically in November 1981.

The publication planned by the Arton Foundation will be the first book dedicated to this artist. It will play the role of a monograph, an album with illustrations, and at the same time will be a study of an important period of the activities of the ZPAFs Mala Gallery. The authors of the texts are Marika Kuźmicz and Adam Mazur.

This project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw

 

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