'God Envies Us Our Mistakes' Album
The album God envies us our mistakes, published in 1999, summarises the 20 years of Łódź Kaliska’s activity. This colour, hardback publication with a DVD attached, presenting the most significant films and video performances of the group has secured Łódź Kaliska's position in Polish contemporary art. Also, until today it constitutes the most complete review of works, photographs, manifestos, drawings, and documents since the founding of Łódź Kaliska until the end of the 1990s.
The publication was elaborated, edited, and signed by “Łódź Kaliska Muzeum”, a collective effort of the whole group. Andrzej Kwietniewski is the author of the concept, while Marek Janiak’s work titled Embarrassing art for rational art (Sztuka żenująca sztuce racjonalnej) was used for the cover of the book. The album can be read in two directions: the neighboring pages are deliberately positioned upside-down and in different sequences; as a result, the book does not have a defined begging and end. Moreover, the front and the back covers are identical. This way Łódź Kaliska once more played a joke on the recipients of their art — in this case by challenging the routine of a linear and unidirectional order of reading of a print.
The fact that the album was published on the 20th anniversary of the group was not a coincidence. Łódź Kaliska published it independently (although with financial assistance from the Ministry of Art and Culture, Łódź City Hall, and private sponsors), also to accentuate their autonomous status in the world of arts, relatively independent from the galleries and museums.
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- Stanczyk, Xawery
Łódź Kaliska (ed. & comp.), "Bóg zazdrości nam pomyłek", Łódź 1999.