DEMOKRACJA

DE – MO – CRA – CY | exhibition and debate

Exhibition opening May 20th, 2016 (Friday), 7 p.m.
On until July 10th, 2016 (Tuesday-Sunday, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
free admission

What is democracy exactly? In the current socio-political situation in Poland, can we talk about it being endangered? What is the role of art in democracy? These questions have become the starting point for an exhibition meaningfully entitled: DE – MO – CRA – CY, in which 40 artists participate, majority of whom are Polish.

As Waldemar Tatarczuk – the Galeria Labirynt director – explains, the slogan DE – MO – CRA – CY constitutes an obligation on its own and when written in syllables it may be associated with it being chanted or taught in school, as it turns out that we still have to learn democracy anew.

The DE – MO – CRA – CY exhibition in all its diversity treats on issues such as freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice. Some artists have created new pieces relating to the current reality, some proposed their older works that – in the context of current events – take on new meanings.

The DE – MO – CRA – CY exhibition was accompanied by a two-day debate (May 21st – 22nd), attended by artists, theorists and art critics, philosophers, as well as directors and employees of cultural institutions. The event was a reaction to current events in Poland, which have a huge impact on the sphere of culture and art. ‘Democracy’ has become the key slogan – the participants discussed the consequences of the ‘good change’, the impact of politics on the activities of cultural institutions and on the way artists functioning in the labour market. It is worth mentioning that the debate was spontaneous – its organization took just one month – and was a low-budget initiative – participants did not receive royalties and arrived at their own cost. What is significant, the meeting was a first of such kind among the art community members after the recent changes on the political scene. The debate made everyone realise the necessity of organizing further meetings during which decisions will be taken on further actions of art community in relation to the current socio-political situation in Poland. (Agnieszka Cieślak)

Artists taking part in the exhibition: Janusz Bałdyga, Mirosław Bałka, Anna Baumgart, Joanna Borkowska, Karolina Breguła, Janusz Byszewski, Hubert Czerepok, Douwe Dijkstra, Yaroslav Futymskyi, Maurycy Gomulicki, Małgorzata Gurowska i Joanna Ruszczyk, Wiktor Gutt i Waldemar Raniszewski, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Rafał Jakubowicz, Zuzanna Janin, Jerzy Kosałka, Grzegorz Kowalski, Tomasz Kozak, Jarosław Kozłowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zofia Kulik, Julia Kurek, Robert Kuśmirowski, Fabien Lédé, Dominik Lejman, Monika Mamzeta, Karolina Mełnicka, Aleka Polis, Joanna Rajkowska, Robert Rumas, Jadwiga Sawicka, Slavs and Tatars, „Szalona Galeria” (Jakub de Barbaro, Agnieszka Polska, Janek Simon feat. Katarzyna Przezwańska), Radek Szlaga, Stach Szumski, Jan Świdziński, Marek Wasilewski, Artur Żmijewski, Julia Petelska i Gaja Wasilewska.

Mirosław Bałka, Anna Baumgart, Edwin Bendyk, Joanna Borkowska, Bogna Burska, Janusz Byszewski, Sebastian Cichocki, Hubert Czerepok, Bożena Czubak, Marta Czyż, Yaroslav Futymskyi, Katarzyna Górna, Katarzyna Hołda, Aleksander Hudzik, Mikołaj Iwański, Rafał Jakubowicz, Zuzanna Janin, Dorota Jarecka, Andrzej Kapusta, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Jerzy Kosałka, Izabela Kowalczyk, Tomasz Kozak, Wojciech Kozłowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Karolina Kubik, Robert Kuśmirowski, Paweł Łysak, Jakub Majmurek, Szymon Maliborski, Karolina Mełnicka, Anna Nawrot, Franciszek Orłowski, Dawid Radziszewski, Natalia Romik, Stanisław Ruksza, Jadwiga Sawicka, Jarosław Suchan, Monika Szewczyk, Kuba Szreder, Stach Szumski, Bogna Świątkowska, Ewa Tatar, Magdalena Ujma, Marek Wasilewski, Monika Weychert-Waluszko, Hanna Wróblewska, Agnieszka Ziętek, Iwo Zmyślony, among others, gave their speaches during the debate.

Coordination: Waldemar Tatarczuk
Collaboration: Paulina Kempisty

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