The Invisible Map of Wrocław is a unique guide to Wrocław, created by people who have never seen the city in which they live. The idea behind this project was to visit and document places which have a special meaning to blind people, and, actually, creating the guide with them.
The resulting catalogue of 31 places portrayed through the mediums of photography, description and sound is the result of this partnership. Without such close cooperation with a group of blind people, it would have not been possible to create the images you can find in these photographs. However, the responsibility for what was eventually captured on film rests with the author, namely, Karol Krukowski.
While working on the project, we came to see that The Invisible Map of Wrocław should be additionally documented by means of conversations with its authors. The idea was inspired by Wiesław Hudon, to whom we are extremely grateful. The documentation forms the second part of The Invisible Map of Wrocław. While drawing up its text, we wanted the guide to maintain the natural and spontaneous nature of the statements.
The third part, which also forms the last part of the catalogue, constitutes sounds of the places described in the guide. These recordings were made thanks to the help of Polish Radio in Wrocław, who lent us a Nagra III recorder from its own museum. All the recordings were done in September and November of 2006. Since I had never dealt with the subject of blindness before, and neither had I ever previously known any blind people, I wasn’t sure whether working together on this project would be interesting or whether it would be somehow inappropriate. So here I would like to especially thank Jerzy Ogonowski and Magdalena Radwańska. Meeting them, finally confirmed my belief that the creation of The Invisible Map of Wrocław was possible no matter what form it would eventually assume.
It is an extraordinary experience to look for the answer to the question of what this city looks like to those who cannot see it. Thanks to Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych [the Creative Arts Center] and the Wrocław Local Government we managed to carry out a project that may become an inspiration to seek the answer to questions that have not yet been asked. What is more, I am pleased with the very fact that Wrocław is the first city to have its own Invisible Map. I would like to thank all those who contributed to the guide, and all those who are not reading these words now but listening to them or touching them – I thank double.