Presented at the exhibition „Walls and sandpits” by Karolina Freino are a record of the project carried out in 2007. In the area if her family home, the artist discovers then a sandpit with fragments of Jewish and German tombstones mounted into its walls. Included in the landscape of the city it does not raise eyebrows or bring attention. Its outrageous impropriety seems to be unnoticed by anyone, passed by during daily activities, pushed out of sight. It was that strange indifference, the discontinuity of seeing that made the artist take this place out of its usual context, and search in Szczecin other, analogous examples.
The aim of the artistic activity of Freino was to point out how contradictory is today’s usage of the fragments of the tombstones to the proper and original context of their creation. Thanks to the cooperation of four local newspapers, the inscriptions visible on the tombstones were printed in the daily press as obituaries. In this way, the letters engraved in the stone in order to commemorate the dead were possible to be read again. Once again, they were connected with a particular person who their nearest and dearest were saying goodbye to.
The documentation of the project, presented for the first time in Officyna Association in Szczecin refers to the selected, local situation in artist’s hometown. However, we know that still in many places, it is possible to make similar discoveries and that people still look away. It seems even more significant that, lately, artists have been more often taking up the issue of secondary usages of the tombstones in post-war Poland. Also, more and more is done in order to change the situations like the one in Szczecin’s sandpit. Better later than never.
Karolina Freino (born 1978)
A Sculpture graduate from The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and Edinburgh College of Art. She studied Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar. Since 2007 she has been an assistant at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. Her works have been presented at solo exhibitions in Galeria Entropia in Wroclaw, Zachęta in Warsaw, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, BWA Studio in Wroclaw, The Wozownia Art Gallery in Toruń, Galerie im Georgshof in Hamburg. Since 2006 she has worked with Dušica Dražić, Sam Hopkins and Teresa Luzio as usually4.