Between 13 July and 17 September 2017, Berlin will host an exhibition presenting the works of six Polish design studios. Let’s Polish will take a closer look at questions concerning identity and belonging and search for common denominators that link the designers’ works.
The question concerning the national identity and its translation into the language of art remains unanswered. Does national identity have an impact on the creative output of designers? Can design be… Polish? Perhaps it is an issue that should be explored especially today, in a time of globalisation and mass migrations.
The changes and diffusion of cultures and traditions, a process known since the dawn of mankind, sheds light on the variety of sources of national identity. On the one hand, nationality may be shaped by dialects, the surroundings, cuisine, songs and different manifestations of culture. On the other hand, the coexistence of different traditions in each of these elements is unquestionable. A blend of identities is a real treasure – it is interesting how young designers examine their roots, as well as different, related identities. The Let’s Polish exhibition focuses on young designers from Poland.
The concept behind the exhibition was simple: inventive three design studios, each with a different character and style but all with Polish backgrounds; ask them to suggest another design studio of their choice. And so, Chmara.rosinke invited Kosmos Project, Maria Jeglinska suggested Krzysztof Pyda and Marta Bakowski chose Jan Hendzel.
These designers are all internationally renowned and successful and have worked both in experimental and commercial realms. Their works are significantly influenced by colours, patterns and drawings. They are also characterised by extensive technological and material research and an attentive, critical observation of the world and social behaviours. Whether these are characteristics true of Polish design, remains undecided.
Even though the exhibition poses the question about whether it is truly ‘Polish design', it leaves the answer to the viewers.
Participating artists: Marta Bakowski, Chmara.rosinke, Maria Jeglińska, Jan Hendzel, Kosmos Project, Krzysztof Pyda
Curator: Tulga Beyerle
Exhibition design: Grzegorz Cholewiak, Torsten Klocke
Graphics: Grzegorz Cholewiak, Torsten Klocke, Krzysztof Pyda
The works lent by courtesy of the authors and 1882 Ltd., Autor Rooms by mamastudio, Centrum Designu Gdynia, Ligne Roset
Organiser: Polish Institute in Berlin
The event is orgranised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, within Polska Design programme.
Source: translated by AP, 28 Jun 2017