Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

Łódź. You hate it. You love it. You can not fucking live without it.

Some cities have stories to tell. Some cities like to invite artists to translate those stories into pictures. Białystok was the first one for me, Łodź – the second.

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“City Stories” is an international comic project, carried out annually since 2006. The idea came from Adam Radoń, director of the International Festival of Comics and Games, however the project is conducted by the Association of Artists CONTUR, together with the City of Łódź Office, Łódź Cultural Center, Łódź Special Economic Zone and Art Zone with cooperation of foreign embassies and other diplomatic institutions and cultural institutions within the partner country.

The main purpose of City Stories is to create short comics about Łódź or, in some way or another, connected to the city. The artists from Poland and another country – writers and drawers – cooperate with each other in international teams, getting to know each other during a week of workshops in Łódź, when they also get to know the city – its history, traditions and culture. The result of their work are stories showing Łódź from many different angles. They are later presented at the International Festival of Comics and Games (and also at many other expos, in Poland and abroad) and published in bilingual albums.

I took part in 2013 edition of the project. The book, published on the beginning of October presents works of Czech artists: Tomas Prokoupek (scriptwriter), Tomas Kucerovsky, Hza Bazant and Polish team: Robert Popielecki, Sylwia Restecka, Marcin Podolec and project coordinator Aneta Blu Kaczmarczyk.

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Łodź is the city burdened by the history, it is not easy to live there, yet it has a vibrant, creative life force, despite of the fact it is deeply hidden under the layers of poverty and cheap lipstick.

Each artist presented two stories: one “selfish” vision of Łódź, the other one in colaboration with fellow artist. Below, my “selfish story” – “Night Night, City of Łodz”, where I’m trying to put this tired, old city to sleep.  Painted on canvas.

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The other one, called “Another picture” is scripted by Tomas Kucerovsky and takes place in one of those typical Łódź industrial locations that seduced many artists (p. ex. David Lynch).  Painted on canvas paper.

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Łódź. You hate it. You love it. You can not fucking live without it.

BTW. This years International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź – awesome. Great people, great inspiration!

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Photo by Joanna Kowalczuk, Łukasz Kowalczuk

 

 

 

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One comment on “Łódź. You hate it. You love it. You can not fucking live without it.

  1. clotildajamcracker
    October 17, 2013

    I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

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