15 February 2020 - 3 April 2020
|Place||ul. Rynek 26, 41-902 Bytom, POLAND|
|Organizer||Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Kronika / Centre for Contemporary Art Kronika|
After a long shift underground, miner Staszek Zięba finally comes to the surface. He washes his body from coal dust and irradiates it with a sun lamp to make up for the sunless hours. We learn about the procedure from an archive article, published in the mid-1950s in Śląski Tygodnik Ilustrowany “Panorama”. We don’t know if the article was a propaganda text, intended to cast a positive light on the mine authorities who exploited the miners or if there indeed were genuine attempts to provide the workers with irradiation sessions. Similar information may be found in archives across our eastern border. There have been various models of antidepressant lamps on the market for years, and one Silesian family told Michał Patycki that the devices were initially intended to cure the eyes of miners.