Some of you may be familiar with the Polish poet Wieslawa Szymborska. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. There are many translations of her work in English, so if you’ve never read her work, check it out.
What you may not know is that Szymborska also created collages. They served utilitarian purposes, as she made them into postcards and mailed them to friends. She began making these collage postcards in the late 1960s and continued for over 40 years.
As you can imagine, she amassed quite a collection. Well, those she sent them to amassed the collection. Luckily, they kept them. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK) recently held an exhibition of a large portion of this work.
She began making these postcards out of the frustration of not being able to find ones she liked at the store. Considering the political situation at the time, I am not surprised. There probably were not too many postcards to choose from (if any) during that time in Poland.