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Why haven't I met grandma when she was young?

a collage album by Beata Mordawska

Cultural Scholarship of City of Gdansk, 2021

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The Project is to present unpublished and recently discovered photos of

 

Ritta Romel Czarnowska (1936 - 2012)

accompanied by the artifacts from her collection

in a form of an artistic collage.

Ritta, born in a Kashubian village, loved beauty and created fashion

in Gdansk - a city that just arose from ruins.

With no traces of scratches or wounds from the past,

Ritta enjoys life and exudes timeless beauty.

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Ritta crocheted  mandalas

and loved to pose

among filodendron monstera plants.

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She never flew with Lufthansa

but fell in love with a potato-nose man

bearing a strong Germanic name Medard.

Medard was created by maht - "might, authority, power, bravery" and hart - "strong, brave, bold".

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Ritta inherited a piece of Matthäus Schiestl (Austrian,1869), the favourite art of her mother.

We agreed the forest in the village she used to live in

was very much alike.

 

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She kept a few books - Pope next to Daniele Steel romances.

 

Hundred of her tailor journals with patterns

were recently eaten by moths.

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Ritta married Medard twice,

when she was young and 50 years after.

She fell in love with his strong, lush hair

and left on his nameday.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

The photos of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and philodendron are borrowed for purely artistic purpose and art promotion.

This e-book is free of any charge.

Audrey Hepburn wedding photo - Ernst Haas, 1954

Audrey Hepburn in a black costume - Bettmann

Marilyn Monroe with a sheep - André de Dienes 1949

Marilyn Monroe in a swimming suit - André de Dienes 1949

Marilyn Monroe sitting - GETTY IMAGES 1954

​​In the background are the paintings of Beata Mordawska and Matthäus Schiestl.

 

On the photographs a friend of Ritta, Maryla Darznik. 

The name of the photographer remains unknown.

Thank you for submitting!

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This project is supported by:

The Cultural Scholarship of The City of Gdańsk, 2021