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Action Lublin! Chapter 1

Opening: February 24th, 2017 (Friday), 8 p.m.; afterparty: 9 p.m. (in cooperation with Opium Cafe)
Meeting with the artists: February, 25th, 2017 (Saturday), 12 a.m.
Open until: March 19th, 2017 (Tue – Sun, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
Free admission

Janusz Bałdyga, Włodzimierz Borowski, Zdzisław Kwiatkowski, Teresa Murak, Ewa Zarzycka
Curators: Paulina Kempisty, Waldemar Tatarczuk

Action Lublin! Chapter 1 is a first part of a series presenting the most significant events from the field of performance art in Lublin – actions, activities, manifestations, interventions and performances by Polish and foreign artists.

The participants of the Action Lublin! Chapter 1 exhibition are artists collaborating with Galeria Labirynt for whom performance was or still is an important form of artistic expression. Janusz Bałdyga, Zdzisław Kwiatkowski, Teresa Murak and Ewa Zarzycka belong to the representative group of Polish artists. Each of them participated in the life of galleria Labirynt in the times when it was a place of meetings of the newly forming circles of Polish neo-avantgarde and a one where leading artistic trends of the 70’s were presented. In the following decades the artists were regularly showing their works or performing in Galeria Labirynt and sometimes also participated in creating its programme.

Action Lublin! presents selected performances which constitute an important point of reference in each artist’s output. These are early works executed during the artists’ academy years or shortly after graduation. Some of them have become emblematic for the history of Polish performance art, e.g. Lady’s Smock – Cress by Teresa Murak from 1975. On the other hand, the reference to the works of  Włodzimierz Borowski, an artist closely associated with Lublin, is vital in the context of the first action which heralded the beginnings of the new field of art which was to become performance art.

Works are presented in a form of screenings, photos, but also new installations and objects basing on the remaining artefacts. The background for the exposition is a review of footage materials of performances from the years 1974-2016 from the Galeria Labirynt’s archives.

During the exhibition opening, visitors had a chance to see performances by the participants of  Galeria Labirynt’s Performance Art Studio conducted by Waldemar Tatarczuk: Kadidia Ba, Kamila Czosnyk, Candy Cyan, Andriy Helytovych, Jerzy Norkowski, Arutiun Sargsyan, Bernadetta Szymoniak, Olga Winiarczyk, Jenia Wladimirova.

Action Lublin! Chapter 1, text accompanying the exhibition