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The presentation Living Storages: Didactics was created as a result of a discussion about the items in the Zachęta’s collection that were the most interesting to us — the guides and educators working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and needs. It turned out that in the Zachęta’s storage rooms one can find several works that share the theme that is close to us — didactics, sometimes understood traditionally, sometimes ironically, and sometimes at a certain distance. The works presented at the exhibition are linked in various ways to the teaching aids familiar to anyone who has experienced learning at a Polish school. School charts, reproductions, display cases, preparations, and photographs viewed ad nauseam. How do pictures function when they are reduced to the role of teaching tools? How much is their visual layer subordinated to serving educational goals, and to what extent do they remain autonomous? Can we see them as an embodiment of the school system itself in order to ask questions about its validity and effectiveness? The exhibition raises more questions than it brings answers. It creates space for reflection, looking for solutions, but it also leaves room for doubt. It also opens room for nostalgia — because memories and emotions inevitably affect our thinking about school.
guide: Sara Herczyńska
fot. Żywe magazyny: Dydaktyka, widok ekspozycji, fot. Krzysztof Nowak