BWA Wrocław is hosting a retrospective of the work of Jakub Szczęsny and the exhibition will feature a new piece by the designer.
Wielka synchronizacja (United Synchronisation), Jakub Szczęsny, photo: Centrala
BWA Wrocław is hosting a retrospective of works by Jakub Szczęsny, member of the Centrala designers’ task force and creator of the Keret House project. His oeuvre perpetually exists on the crossroads of architecture, design and art, energising the local and international creative and social scenes.
The exhibition Operations in Populated Areas will take the form of a retrospective that spans the last years of the designer's career. Rather than acting as a historical overview of his lifetime achievements, it celebrates the multidisciplinary face of the designer’s output and the politics behind his projects.
Kaja Pawełek, curator of the exhibition, writes:
Szczęsny is still one of Poland’s few designers to go freely beyond the framework of architecture towards art and design. He uses that expanded scope as a testing ground for confrontations with the spatial, social and political contexts, as well as with scale, technical and administrative solutions. Each of his projects is a separate story involving a number of people: residents, clerks, co-workers, specialists, sponsors, allies, enthusiasts, sometimes artists. Designing is thus mostly about communicating, identifying the point of departure, collecting information, filtering, selecting, searching for one’s own ideas and inspirations, persuading, inspecting, waiting, sometimes developing, some other times – continuing to wait.
Szczęsny is an author of projects such as the acclaimed Keret House in Warsaw the narrowest edifice in the world and a literary residency quarters, Wy-Spa Synchronicity 2, a water-treatment plant powered by human muscle power, and the revitalization of the modernist Powiśle Station designed by Arseniusz Romanowicz and Piotr Szymaniak.
Documentations of these and other works will be on display at Wrocław’s BWA Gallery which specialises in design.
The opening of the exhibition will feature the launch of a new project by Szczęsny. Aureola is going to be a light installation in public space, lasting beyond the duration of the show. Illuminating a neglected backyard on Szewska Street, near the gallery’s building, the installation will act as an extension to the gallery’s space as well as an expansion of usable city space. It will thus emphasise the designer’s belief that art and spatial actions have the potential to have an immediate effect on everyday social life.
Sources: www.bwa.wroc.pl, centrala.net.pl