Completed projects

Literary Meetings



May 29, 2008 - Promotion of the book - Anthem of Democratic Youth - Serhijem Żadanem (published by Wydawnictwo Czarne); after the meeting – a concert of a group SOBAKI IN SPACE (Kharkiv);

December 14, 2007 - Promotion of the book - The Polar Summer - Anne Sward

October 27, 2007 - literary meeting in a series of The Black Gardzienice - ANDRZEJ BIEŃKOWSKI – The sold music; conducting; Ewa Grochowska, music: Stanisław Głaz – violinist. The projection of films from the ethnographic archive of the author.

Andrzej Bieńkowski - painter, photographer and ethnographer. Born in 1946 in Warsaw. He studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He received his diploma in 1971. Currently he is a professor of painting and drawing at the Faculty of Design at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

He had dozens of exhibitions of paintings in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Japan, Germany, Switzerland. His paintings are in museums and private collections of Poland and abroad. During his trips to the countryside he collected  an impressive private ethnographic archive containing thousands of audio, video and photographic material from Poland and Ukraine. He is the author of the book The last village musicians – the people, customs and music. He is the winner of Oskar Kolberg prize.
Stanisław Głaz - a violinist from the village Dzwola near Kocudza in the Lublin Province. The winner of the Festival of Folk Bands and Singers, 2005 in Kazimierz Dolny.

12 June, 2007 - Meeting with Fatos Kongoli, author of the novel The Dog’s Skin. The meeting was lead by Andrzej Stasiuk; project supervisor: Marcin J. Mrowca.

Fatos Kongoli (1944 ) is one of the most prominent representatives of contemporary Albanian prose. Born and raised in Elbasani (Central Albania). He studied mathematics in Tirana and in China. Initially, he worked as a mathematics teacher, then as an editor of literary magazines. He made his debut in the early 90s with the novel The Loser (I humburi, Tirana 1992), which became the beginning of tetralogy the Prisons of Memory (Burgjet e kujtesës). In its composition, except for The Loser, three other novels were included: The Corpses (Kufoma, Tirana 1994), The Ivory Dragon (Dragoi and fildishtë, Tirana 1999), The Dream of Damocles (Endrra e Damokleut, Tirana 2001). Three times (in 1995, 2000 , 2002) he won the most important Albanian literary award called The Silver Pen for the best prose, and in 2004 The Golden Pen for his lifetime achievement. In 2003 he received the Balkanika award for his novel The Dream of Damocles. His novels were translated into French, German, Italian, Greek and Slovak. He lives in Tirana.

November 2006 - 10 years of Wydawnictwo Czarne
The meeting is part of the "Literary Meetings GARDZIENICE - Black" realized since 2000 in cooperation with the Publishing House Black (Wydawnictwo Czarne) – Monika Sznajderman and Andrzej Stasiuk. They present in Gardzienice the authors from Central and Eastern Europe, whose books are published in Wydawnictwo Czarne. So far, as part of the project, Gardzienice was visited by Jurij Andruchowycz and Taras Prochaśko /Ukraine /, Marius Ivaškevičius and Renata Serelyte /Lithuania /, Simona Popescu /Romania /, Rigels Halili / Albania / Bora Ćosić /Serbia/, Dubravka Ugrešić /Croatia/, Herta Müller /Germany/, Nenad Veličković /Bosnia/ Martin Pollack and Karl-Markus Gauss /Austria/.

The Publishing House Black (Wydawnictwo Czarne) is 10 years old. It's a good time to get to know someone's character , to make friends. Some became friends with Wydawnictwo Czarne, and when finding in bookstores novels with the distinctive covers (designed by Kamil Targosz) they were buying them without looking inside. We hope that through these 10 years you weren’t bored with us, when you got to know the literature of the countries of the part of Europe, which some people call The Second Hand Europe, when you discovered with us the literary debuts, read essays and reports, or literature written by young female European authors. We hope that we will celebrate the next decade together with you, our readers. Soon we will publish new series - for example, "Series with fear", with detective and crime stories, or a series of "Conversations", where you can "talk" with another person, even with the little inaccessible one. Czarne is not only a publishing house, but an idea, a cultural initiative, institution discovering literature and culture of Eastern and Central European countries. It is thanks to Wydawnictwo Czarne tha you had the opportunity to get acquainted with authors from Romania, Bosnia, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine , Albania, Serbia. In the days of the dominance of western literature books published by Czarne bring closer the literature from marginalized countries, the countries non-existent in the popular consciousness, forgotten. Yet these countries offer a brilliant literature, with cognitive qualities. It's not just essays on Central Europe, but books to read, novels - happy and sad, surreal and realistic, traditional and experimental.


The relics of the writers
We want the visitors of the exhibition to feel the "Black ghost", and be able to see up close the relics of the writers - usually funny, associated with the whole arsenal of anecdotes. It is said that an object removed from its usual context becomes a surreal one. This is probably the case with shoes of Maciej Malicki, which constitute an important exhibit here. The writer wore them when he walked along the coal track from Jaktorów to Zawiercie, and then walked into a fountain. Each of these items is linked to some literary history. An expert in the matter will joyfully stare at the legendary typewriter, with the help of which in the mountain wilderness Andrzej Stasiuk constructed his novels. Well, and who would not want to touch the tequila from the title of Krzysztof Varga’s book? Among the exhibits one can also find the historic telephone, through which the Publishing House Black contacted its first authors. Visitors will have the opportunity to see priceless manuscripts and original floppy discs with literary content.

A series of photographs
Nobody believes anymore that writers are rather unattractive people, who use the literature to compensate for a poor social life. A series of photographs presents the writers associated with the Publishing House Black and shows that their faces are as interesting as novels, essays and reports. Readers probably find there their favorite characters. The images present, among other things, photos of Andrzej Stasiuk, Krzysztof Varga, Paul Smolensky, Darek Suski, Dubravka Ugrešić, Maciej Malicki, or Herta Muller. In some photos, the authors perform a variety of actions that show they live in the real world.

Artworks by Kamila Targosz
Characteristic works by Kamil Targosz are for some the symbol of Wydawnictwo Czarne. Simple black moon, became the permanent logo of the Publishing House. Recognizable in Poland book covers of the Publishing House Black are a bit surreal, disturbing images. This iconography combines Chagall’s volatility, simplicity of African art and a multitude of details, like in Bruegel’s art. Some readers of Wydawnictwo Czarne books will remember sensational dark images by Targosz in "Dukla" by Andrzej Stasiuk or winter, empty, dreamlike landscapes in "The Winter" by the same author . The exhibition will be a unique opportunity to view these works in their original form, see what technique and format was used in their creation.
Opening of the meeting will feature Maciej Malicki , who will be promoting his latest book called Takie tam.
During the openings some black snacks will be provided. You can try black birthday cake, black coffee and black pudding .
Media patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza

November 2006 - Dubravka Ugrešić- the author of the books: the Ministry of Pain and the Culture of Lies

June 2006 - Meeting with Andrzej Stasiuk - winner of NIKE in 2005. The musical arrangement by Mikolaj Trzaska’s TRIO composed of Mikolaj Trzaska - saxophone and bass clarinet, Marek Rogulski - bass, Michael Gos - drums.

April 2006 - Karl-Markus Gauss - author of the book the Dying Europeans.

December 2005 - Serhiy Żadan – the author of the book the Big Mac

December 2005 - Martin Pollack – the author of the Patricide

October 2005 - Nenad Velickovic – the author of the book the Nomads

December 2004 - Natalia Śniadanko – the author of the book the Collection of Passion

November 2004 - Renata Šerelytė – the author of the Stars of the Ice Age

May 2004 - German writer Herta Müller – the author of the book Today I would prefer not to meet me

April 2004 - Andrzej Stasiuk, promoting his book Going to BabadagNovember 8, 2003 – The conference: Other Europe, Other Cultures, Other Literatures – the opportunities and threats of integration; coordinator: Andrzej Stasiuk; and Symposium: Exposing Memory; coordinated by Włodzimierz Staniewski involving distinguished authors of the Publishing House Black: Andrzej Stasiuk, Maciej Malicki - Poland, Marius Ivaškevičius - Lithuania, Terrace Prochaśko - Ukraine, Rigels Halili - Albania

May 2003 - Ukrainian writer Yuri Andruchowycz – the author of the Perversion

April 2003 - Croatian writer Dubravka Ugrešić – the author of the book Stefcia Ćwiek in the clutches of life

December 2002 - Serbian writer Bora Ćosić - the author of my family's role in the world revolution

May 2002 - Romanian writer Simona Popescu – the author of the book The Molting

March 2002 - Lithuanian writer Marius Ivaskievicius - author of the book History of the clouds

December 2001 - Ukrainian writer Taras Prochaśko, with a collection of short stories Other days of Anna




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