17 November 2007

Andrzej Krauze comes to London

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Nowadays, the Polish-British artist and illustrator Andrzej Krauze is well known across Europe for his drawings in the Guardian (London), Rzeczpospolita (Warsaw), Courrier International (Paris), Internazionale (Rome), and many other publications. None of this could necessarily be foreseen when he came to London in the early eighties, a time when he was largely known for drawings made in the service of the cultural opposition in Poland. I got to know him shortly after his arrival… An article prompted by the approach of a new exhibition entitled ‘A Serious Game’: 100 Drawings by Andrzej Krauze, 19 November 2007-15 February 2008, The Gallery, University College for the Creative Arts, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5BE.

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In 1987, some five years after he and his family settled in London, Andrzej Krauze made a large and memorable drawing called ‘Refugees from East Europe’. It showed a couple, with suitcases and a pair of young children, standing on the platform of a London Underground station, apprehensively gazing around at the new world into which they had just been discharged. It is a stark image: autobiographical yet also evocative of a wider history of displacement…

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