MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION: Olga Drenda

  • MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION: Olga Drenda
    Olga Drenda, photo by Darren Durham

What I do in “Duchologia” is discover and organize the everyday reality of the late 1980s and early 1990s. I remind people what surrounded us - what streets, shop windows, posters and covers looked like, but also how we lived and how we wanted to live.

It's a period that combines mass-market, poisonous wall units, “export rejections” - ie. some IKEA models, folk elements, artisan works and DIY - in order to make way for palace-style interiors, antiques and the cocktail colors of a Polish variation on the Memphis style, but also new tendencies in Polish design. I was inspired by the book “Mieszkać inaczej” [“Living differently”] from 1984 - it not only sums up a popular, while also coveted and fashionable style (achievable at a low cost and with some DIY) of the time, but also sets the tone for the following years - reproductions of interiors from the Ursynów neighborhood published in the book appear in many other publications from that period.

Olga Drenda - journalist, translator, author of the book “Duchologia polska” [“Polish hauntology”] and a website by the same name. 

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Other archival events from that cycle:

12:30 Workshops A RECIPE FOR A HOMEFamily activities Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Seminar THE CASE OF THE CITY. DEVELOPERS, COOPERATORS AND ALLOTMNENT GARDEN OWNERS Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Workshop with an architect THE CASE OF THE CITY. THE APARTMENT PROJECT Workshop with an architect Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
10:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture Meeting with Mateusz Halawa Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture DO WE NEED SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES?WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Walk POLISH NOTTING HILL (KABATY)Material walks #2 Meeting point of walk #2: Metro Kabaty
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