Literary portraits depicts the faces and private creative spaces of artists and especially writers. The photographs are taken as black and white shots from 1987 to 2012 and gives an overview of the Polish and foreign literary scene. At the exhibition, the artworks are presented both as traditional photographs and multimedia presentation.
Elzbieta Lempp has been photographing since the 1980's and has mainly focused on portraits of artists and especially writers. These have been presented in the album Literary Landscapes. Photography 1985-2007 with afterword by Marek Bienczyk (2008). Her recent project Art in the can. Resoc is based on documentation of 14 study visits to penitentiaries (11 in Poland and 3 in Switzerland). Lempp is published in many international magazines and periodicals, exhibits her artworks in Poland and abroad, and cooperates with literature and publishing houses, and culture.pl Internet portal.
Through their 'Association’s literary residency program', Villa Decius receives the City of Refuge guest writers in Krakow. Villa Decius (Willa Deciusza) is a Renaissance mansion built around 1530 for a powerful secretary of King Sigismund I the Old and is one of Poland’s best palatial suburban residences. In the 19th century Princess Czartoryska, arts patron and a famed pianist, restored the palace to prominence. Now it shines again after a thorough renovation as Krakow’s home to the European Academy, inviting intellectuals from across the continent. Villa Decius has welcomed outstanding representatives of their time and arranged meetings in its beautiful surroundings for many people to help them meet, understand and cooperate with one another.
Gustaw Herling-Grudziński (1911-2000) was a Polish writer, journalist, essayist, World War II underground fighter, and political dissident abroad during the communist system in Poland. He is best known for writing a personal account of life in the Soviet Gulag entitled A World Apart, first published in 1951 in London.
Leszek Kołakowski (1927-2009) was a Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. He is best known for his critical analyses of Marxist thought, especially his three-volume history, Main Currents of Marxism. In his later work, Kolakowski increasingly focused on religious questions. In his 1986 Jefferson Lecture, he asserted that "We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are."