A series of unique workshops and art interventions in Katowice's urban space features artists: Cecylia Malik, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Michał Smandek, Paweł Szeibel, Magdalena Starska, Natalia Bażowska and Julita Wójcik.
TAKK! Katowice, photo provided by organizer
In an act of social responsibility, artists present independent ways of seeing to the city of Katowice
Artists go out of the gallery with their ideas in order to create communal events, convince the public that contemporary art does not have to be difficult and elitist. During a day-long workshop the city will be marked by temporary signatures in the form of works by each artist. The workshop aims to teach shaping space through creative thinking. It familiarises participants and audiences with the main premise of contemporary art that is based on the idea that every intentional act is (or can become) creative activity.
Workshops and art interventions. Participating artists: Cecylia Malik, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Michał Smandek, Paweł Szeibel, Magdalena Starska, Natalia Bażowska, Julita Wójcik.
Cecylia Malik: Workshop based on the project “365 Trees”
Cecylia Malik, born in 1975 in Krakow, in the years 1995-2001 studied at the Faculty of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Co-founder of Art Farm – art institution constituting a platform for artistic and curatorial activities. Collaborator of the Krakow Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, co-founder of Bunkier Sztuki Little Club, for which she received the Kulturalne Odloty Gazety Wyborczej award. Author of the well-publicized action “365 Trees”, during which she took a photograph of herself in a different tree every day for a year. The project is documented in a book published by Fundacja Bęc Zmiana.
Michał Smandek: Land Art Workshop
“An alternative walk through wasteland, embers and ruins of industrial, haughty architecture obscured by the juicy green of grass, shrubs and trees. These deserted, forgotten and avoided places can be discovered anew. The atmosphere of the place will be the impulse for sculpture activities of each participant.”
Michał Smandek – born in 1981 in Ruda Śląska. Lives in Świętochłowice. In the years 2001-2007 studied Art Education at the University of Silesia. He received his diploma from the sculpture studio of Professor Andrzej Szarek. He claims that every material and space is good for sculpture, if the creative strategy, idea and form are aptly chosen. He works in installation, land art, video art. He interacts with space, which he mends, familiarizes, supplements. He performs small, ephemeral interventions in deserted, forgotten places.
Małgorzata Markiewicz “Lemonade and cookies, wool and blankets...
The most important thing in meeting the locals will be creating loose, informal atmosphere; making art will become a supplementary activity.”
Małgorzata Markiewicz was born in 1979 in Krakow. She studied at the Media Activities Studio of Professor Antoni Porczak, Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In her works she uses clothing as the outside layer closest to the body, an area of defining identity. She fills up architecture and fixed situations with what is soft and warm, fragile and emotional. She addresses the issues of gender and culturally ascribed features, as well as the social position of women. Creates objects, photographs, video art.
Magdalena Starska: “Faceless” intervention
Magdalena Starska was born in 1980, lives and works in Poznań. In 2005 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań with a diploma from the studio of Professor Jarosław Kozłowski. Member of the Penerstwo group. Collaborates with the Stereo Gallery in Poznań. Author of drawings, performances and installations. The basis of her creative activities is the aim of creating communal situations. She is interested in the way in which what is personal and individual can be valuable in the social sense. She places herself in the position of a shaman, a mediator between what is internal and external, social and communal.
Julita Wójcik: "Wealth" - an nteractive installation
Julita Wójcik was born in 1971 in Gdańsk. Performer, author of art interventions and diving enthusiast. She lives and works in Gdańsk. In the years 1991-1997 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Faculty of Sculpture. By incorporating everyday activities in her projects she questions the boundaries between the spheres of life and art. She is best known for her “Peeling potatoes” performance in 2001 in the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.
Between the 3-5th of August, 2011, Katowice's Plac Powstańców Śląskich hosts Julita Wójcik's latest project - "Wealth".
The artist's latest project-in-progress is a series of “drawing workshops”. Rather than host a traditional easel-and-paper workshop, she goes a great deal further. Taking Katowice’s coal-mining traditions as her cue, her workshops in this city encourage participants to use shovels, brooms and wheelbarrows as their tools. Her medium of choice is still charcoal — ten tons of it — which will be heaped upon a concrete slab to ultimately create a collective, grand-scale charcoal "drawing".
- Agnieszka Le Nart, biweekly.pl, no. 17/2011
According to the artist, the piece is based on the construction of a sign spelling out Bogactwo (Wealth) out of 5 tons of coal (black, bituminous, stove coal) and giving it over to the locals so that they can make what they like of it. "Katowice is a part of Silesia well-known for its coal mines. The region is now trying to change and put an end to coal mining". The work references this tradition and draws attention to a fundamental element of people's lives in this part of the world and how the country is pushing for change, even though many people in difficult economic circumstances aren't always prepared to make such changes.
Paweł Szeibel: City Labyrinth – interventions in city green squares
Paweł Szeibel – born in 1983 in Zabrze. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. In 2008 he received his diploma from the painting studio of Professor Jacek Rykała and New Media Studio of Professor Marian Oslislo. In the academic year 2006-2007 took part in Socrates/Erasmus student exchange with Castilla-La Mancha University in Spain. He creates paintings, video art and installations in urban space. In his art he reaches in the realms reserved for botanists and gardeners. An important place in his activities is left to experimentation and openness to unexpected effects of a work in progress.
Natalia Bażowska: urban intervention: „Tepuka Vili Vili”: „Since city dwellers cannot go to an island, an island will come to them – together with its treasure”
Natalia Bażowska was born in 1980. She is a student of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and simultaneously conducts research in visual message reception as part of her doctoral studies at the Medical University of Silesia. In her art she reaches into the collective unconscious and redefines the notion of emotions. Creates paintings, objects and installations.
Organiser: Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, City of Katowice, Rondo Sztuki Gallery in Katowice
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency, which comprises a six-month series of exceptional events and artistic projects, including the European Culture Congress, held as a part of the Polish presidency in the EU council.
Source: National Audiovisual Institute