Andrzej Kramarz and Weronika Lodzinska – White Chamber

“A white chamber is a core of house, a secret room to which nobody can come by inmates.”

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“It is an old tradition off Tatra Mountains villages that has been fading away finally and irrevocably. A door to the white chamber is always locked and the key is guarded (most often it is hidden under a housekeeper’s feather bad). This strange room, which is called a sumptuous chamber or a sacristy, is inhabited an unheated.

It is open on Sundays and holidays only. One can’t sleep though there’s a bed, one can either eat or nor work though there’s a table in there. Those who know the depth of the theme say that this is a porch between life and death in which only a deceased can spend a night.

This is why a conventional altar, rug and some pictures of the saints are placed on a central wall. Embroidered pillows, artificial flowers and plastic statues make a colorful pomp. Elements of religion, tradition and fashion are mixed up with objects of kitsch broth from America, which show the wealth of the family. Surprising is the fact, that even nowadays there are some houses in which a broad family occupies only one room while the other room is cool and reach white chamber.”

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More images on Andrzej Kramarz’s website. Co-authored by Weronika Lodzinska, the series above is part of the “Home” project, it’s about portrayed people – hobbyists, monks, the homeless, circus performers and lorry drivers – through the medium of their living space, with pictures of interiors – or “domesticated spaces” – becoming mirrors of their owners. “Memory and the relation between man and space are the recurrent themes of his work.”
Andrzej Kramarz was born in Poland in 1964 and lives in Papaikou, Hawaii.