How did they spend leasure time? Did they like their jobs? How do they remember working holidays? Do they know whether all these years they spent in Pollen-Uroda & Wedel were good for them or not?
For a long time women’s voice, Polish factories’ employees, had not been noticed. However, recent years brought a number of publications, describing the reality of factory environment, of which huge part was represented by women. These women were the main contributors to Polish culture – can we imagine our lives without Torcik Wedlowski (decorated by hand until now), Biały Jeleń (soup) or iconic hops shampoo?
The exhibition Krem i czekolada is opening at the end of September, in the place which was chosen wisely – in the neighbour of The Praga Museum of Warsaw and Bazar Różyckiego that is inseparable part of the story. Krem i czekolada is about the employees’ memories working in Wedel & Pollen-Uroda factories between 1950-1989.
„Deep research was the first phase of the display. In cooperation with The Praga Museum of Warsaw we recorded the interviews with the women who were working in the factories. These documented stories, available to listen, will be the part of the exhibition and the inspiration for creating the space designed, collaboratively with Goshka Macuga – claim Magdalena Staroszczyk (The Praga Museum of Warsaw) and Marta Jalowska (TERAZ POLIŻ) Pierwszym jej etapem była praca badawcza. The exhibition consists of woman’s room, of which crucial elements - integrated into wallpaper, furniture, clothing and personal belongings – will be words spoken by women from the factories.
Artistic group TERAZ POLIŻ – unique, professional, femine theatre in Poland. The group create and present plays, happenings, performances, open performative utterances, concerts, organize theatre workshops and discussion meetings. Since 2015 they also conduct research projects on putting unknown and forgotten women back on people’s mind, women that influenced on the currect art and social reality. The group celebrates 10th anniversary this year.