THE MURANÓW LILY
THE MURANÓW LILY
2015 | sound piece for museum audioguide | 30 minutes | Versions in English and Polish
What is known is that it is a painting of a flower, a bouquet of flowers, a bouquet of the fabled Muranów lilies. I want to tell you about this flower, and this painting, but since it can no longer be seen in the museum, I would like to take you outside, to the spot where the flower first appeared in Warsaw.
Created during a residency at Warsaw's POLIN Museum for the History of Polish Jews, The Muranów Lily recounts the story of a painting of a legendary flower that has gone missing from the museum’s collection. The sonic narrative pieces together facts and rumours about the painting and the flower, calling on fragments from a Yiddish story by Isaac Bashevis Singer and directing the listener outside the museum to the spot where the flower is said to have first appeared in Warsaw. Layers of history and fiction overlap in evocative, sometimes contradictory ways, weaving together a story of personal and botanical metamorphosis.
Vocal material for The Muranów Lily was developed in collaboration with Sean Palmer and Kuba Palys, and performed by members of the POLIN Choir Project: Karolina Szulejewska, Piotr Aleksandrowicz, Małgosia Janina Berwid, Carolina Albano, Grażyna Rudolf, Małgorzata Kozek, Zosia Sadowska, Jola Nałęcz-Jawecka, Gosia Małocha, Edyta Pawłowska, Irena Klein-Sadowska and Martina Rampulla. Choir members also narrate the Polish version of the project, Lilia z Muranowa.
The Muranów Lily is accompanied by an editioned silk-screened poster.
Read Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay Spins A Yarn,
RM Vaughn's review of The Muranów Lily for Canadian Art magazine.
Read A lily is a lily is a lily is a lily...?,
Dariusz Brzostek's essay on The Muranów Lily and other works by Nemerofsky Ramsay.
Photos: Bartosz Górka and Jakub Nowotyński