In The Black Boxes Małgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana placed scenes from Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński’s lives, which she managed to reconstruct on the basis of surviving photographs.
The project also includes foldouts devised in the technique of linocut, which were modelled on three-dimensional books for children, so-called pop-up books (Katarzyna and Nika 1936-1951, 2008). They have a touch of cut-outs, and the ones which are technically more advanced are engineering gems, which coalesce paper filigree ornamentation with precise mathematical calculations. Text, although still present, remains in the background; the most important are mobile elements and spatial forms which flatten once you fold the cover.
Reference to a children’s world and at the same time to a moment when a child is given a book by his parents to provide him with stories which help comprehend the surrounding reality, is here insomuch essential, as the artist refers to the childhood of Kobro’s daughter – Nika Strzemińska.