Caroline Rose’s photographs in Cricoteka

Cricoteka, Center for Documentation of the art of Tadeusz Kantor, is holding a new exhibition titled, “Was it Possible to Photograph Tadeusz Kantor’s Theater?” Photographer Caroline Rose answers with a clear ? “yes!”But the answer isn’t so obvious for many admirers of one of 20th Century’s greatest innovators of theater. Tadeusz Kantor, a Krakow based painter, playwright and art theoretician, combined actors’ movements, words and music in the performances of his Cricot 2 Theater. His multifaceted art usually makes photography too limited a medium to present the work’s potential.However, photographic film and artists’ magic sometimes enable them to record such moments; that’s the main advantage of Rose’s photos. To an extent, her work is similar to the underlying idea of Kantor’s theater. His most famous shows like “The Dead Class,” “Wielopole, Wielopole,” and “Where are the Snows of Yesteryear” are full of reminiscences of a world that no longer exists. Every scene is a kind of collage of several thoughts with little in common. They are represented by actors, their words, puppets and other items on the stage.French photographer Caroline Rose makes each of these elements visible by paying great attention to detail and color, a talent recognized in her photos of Gothic churches and other architecture.The exhibition will be in Cricoteka on ul. Kanonicza 5, until September 28. Its open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14:00-18:00 and Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00-14:00.   

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