Julia Golachowska, Barbara Gryka – Identity is built on little things

Opens: 8 March 2019 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at Galeria Labirynt 2 (3 Grodzka Street) and at 7.30 p.m. at Galeria Labirynt | Plaza (13 Lipowa Street)

Galeria Labirynt 2: exhibition open until 5 April 2019, Tue-Sun at 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Galeria Labirynt | Plaza: exhibition open until 19 April 2019, Tue-Sun at 12 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free admission

The exhibition opening is going to be translated into English by Krystian Kamiński.

Julia Golachowska and Barbara Gryka are young artists focusing their attention on social issues as well as on problems and life conditions of individuals and groups of people. Both artists are interested in topics of identity and memory. However, they do not look for them in great narratives, monuments, and politics, but in common things that are closer to our physics – it means how and why we live every day. The exhibition of Golachowska and Gryka concerns the city where it is presented. It was created on the basis of the process of the city recognition and searching for its characteristic features. The artists were inspired by specific places and meetings with people. As a result, they have created two separate works tied with a joint title of the exhibition. It carries a conviction that each and every one of us is a unique constellation of elements that can be called the identity. However, the uniqueness of the ‘constellation’ and its diversity results from the concept of what is common, similar, and appropriate.

Barbara Gryka, whose project is on display at Galeria Labirynt | Plaza, was inspired by Juliusz Słowacki housing estate (Osiedle im. Juliusza Słowackiego) designed in the 1960s. The artist decided to visit residents of the housing estate in their private apartments to ask them some questions. She also requested to take pictures – one of them was Gryka’s portrait in the flat, the other was a similar portrait of the apartment owner. The photos taken in places chosen by people she visited – on the sofa, at the table, in the chair, on the child’s bed, with a painting in the background – are, to some extent, intimate scenes. They raise the question about the private life of tenants of the Hansen concept and their short relation with the artist.

Julia Golachowska, whose work is presented in Galeria Labirynt 2 in the Old Town, chose a different type of dialogue, equally important for the discussion about identity issues in their ideological basis. The project of Golachowska was created in the context of the direct neighbourhood of the Kebab Prawdziwego Polaka catering service point (which can be translated into English as Genuine Pole’s Kebab) located in the same gate as Galeria Labirynt 2, just a few meters from the institution. The artist herself perceives kebab as ‘a strange example of the interpenetration of various trends and a very multifaceted example of economic patriotism’. Golachowska’s dialogue is, therefore, conducted on the level of universal scale considerations, human identity, and identity with people – an element that can be found in the details of everyday life and concerns phenomena of global scale.

Curator: Magdalena Linkowska


The exhibition of Barbara Gryka is a part of artist’s residency within Meet the Neighbours project.

Meet the Neighbours is a three-year cross-artform project inviting artists into rapidly evolving neighbourhoods in five cities across Europe and North Africa. Co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, Meet the Neighbours is taking place in Manchester and Salford, UK; Béthune, Lillers & Bruay-la-Bussiere, France; Lublin, Poland; Marrakech, Morocco; and Groningen, Netherlands.