Diana Lelonek – Endling

Galeria Labirynt 2, ul. Grodzka 3
Opening: 12/07/19 (Friday) at 5:00 p.m.
Event translated into English by Krystian Kaminski
On display: till 11/08/2019 (Tue.-Sun. 3:00-6:00 p.m.)
Admission free

Curator: Aleksandra Skrabek

The exhibition refers to the problem of the inevitable extinction of species caused primarily by human activity. “Endling”, which is the title of the exhibition, stands for the last member of species. The term was first used in the “Nature” journal in April 1996. It reappeared in 2001 in the National Museum of Australia at the exhibition presenting skin of the last Tasmanian tiger.

The artist created a sound installation of bird voices recorded by scientists. The composition includes voices of birds that are considered to be extinct. This poignant piece is the final call with no answer. It is an act of regret and an attempt to depict the irreversible degradation of the natural environment. Dark empty gallery space became physical representation of nothingness, a hostile spectre of the future that has already begun even though we tend not to see it.