RICHARD TUSCHMAN

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KAZIMIERZ

2014–2016

Richard Tuschman constructs meticulous dioramas, with the narrative structure in this series informed by historical and personal history. Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz is a visual novella, which portrays a fictional Jewish family in 1930’s Poland.

Set in the once vibrant neighborhood of Kazimierz in Krakow. The location is a metaphor for loss and decay. In 1935, the Jewish historian, Meir Balaban, described the neighborhood’s declining Jewish population as being “only the poor and the ultra-conservative”. Indeed, the darkness in the photographs, is underpinned by an awareness that the fates of the characters, are likely doomed by history. While death, the fraying of family bonds, and feelings of grief haunt many of the photographs, this gloom is punctuated by moments of love, longing and tenderness. 

 

14'' x 21.5'' image | 18'' x 24'' sheet | EDITION: 5+1AP

21'' x 31.5'' image | 24'' x 36'' sheet | EDITION: 5+1AP

40'' X 60'' image | 43'' x 63'' sheet | EDITION: 2+1AP

Archival Pigment Print