Marek Piasecki, Anaklasis

We are happy to introduce a newly published book ‘Anaklasis’ comprising of photographs taken by Marek Piasecki.
The word άνάκλασις [anaklasis] describes the phenomenon of rhythmic feet modification in poetry. It constitutes a breaking up a rhythm of a poem by substituting strong elements in a poem: long or stressed syllables with short and unstressed ones. This term was popularized in the world by Krzysztof Penderecki who called one of his most important works this way. In the avant-garde, few-minute composition from 1959 written for forty-two string instruments and six percussion groups, Penderecki experiments with noise, silence, rustle and explores the limits of sound.
At the same time, Marek Piasecki tests and explores the limits of photography. He experiments with blow-ups, frames, he searches for textures which would alter the rhythm determined by the light. He composes his photographs, changing the stresses, focusing on the moved elements of the images. He concentrates on the margins. Another meaning of the word ‘anaklasis’ is a refraction of light.
The book consists of photographs taken by Marek Piasecki between 1952 and 1960. Among the models visible in the photographs we may find i.a.: Joanna Turowicz-Piasecka. A vast number of the published negatives are complemented by a note ‘Mury i Muralia’ (‘Walls and Wall-Paintings’) written by Piasecki on the original wrappers.

Concept: Karolina Puchała-Rojek
Edited by Karolina Puchała-Rojek
Texts: Anna Juszczyk, Karolina Puchała-Rojek
Graphic design: Anna Hornik, Marta Przybyło
Translation: Aleksandra Szymczyk
Polish – English language version
Number of pages: 64
Year of publication: 2018
Publisher: Archeology of Photography Foundation

The project co-financed by The Capital City of Warsaw

Research on and digitalization of Marek Piasecki’s archive is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage