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Polish Anti-Communist Happenings – Pomarańczowa Alternatywa

Przegięcie paly. Organ ochotniczej rezerwy, milicji obywatelskiej [Going to extremes. An organ of the voluntary reserve of the citizens' police]. Galeria Działań Maniakalnych [Gallery of Manic Activities].

Łódź: Pomaranczowa Alternatywa Miasto, 1989. Octavo (24.5 × 17.5 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers; [4] pp. Xerox-illustrated throughout. Very good.

A pamphlet of the Łódź branch of Pomarańczowa Alternatywa [Orange Alternative], an artistic and quasi-political (anti-communist) movement which reached its peak of activity in Poland in 1985-1989. The pamphlet contains satirical articles and announcements of happenings in Łódź. Pomarańczowa Alternatywa was founded in Wrocław by the artist and activist Waldemar Fydrych (b.1953). The Łódź branch of the movement was especially active and was called “Galeria Dzialan Maniakalnych” [Gallery of Manic Activities]. Frydrych, known as “The Major” in the context of the Orange Alternative, was inspired by Dada, and authored the manifesto “Socialist Surrealism” in 1980. In later interviews he explained that in organizing the happenings of the Orange Alternative, his ambition was “to treat the political system of Poland as a work of art.” The Polish musician Krzysztof Skiba was especially active in the Łódź branch of the movement, and the pamphlet exhibits a DIY punk aesthetic.

See also: Happening Against Communism by the Orange Alternative, Krakow: International Cultural Centre, 2011.

As of September 2020, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50982

Price: $250.00