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Three plagues | OPEN CALL

Galeria Labirynt announces open call for ‘Three plagues’ exhibition, which is scheduled to open on 01.09.2019. The recruitment includes works of artists born after 04.06.1989. The pieces are to refer to the ‘The Sleep of Reason’ motto and to present political and social situation in a broader scope or vision of the future defined by them. We are interested in how people born and raised in the Third Polish Republic define nowadays the problems of their generation and the challenges that await them in the future. ‘The Sleep of Reason’ motto refers to the title of etching 43 by Francisco Goya from his series ‘Los Caprichos’ (1797-1799). The full title sounds The sleep of reason produces monsters and is a warning against being subjected to the state of ‘sleep’ and the loss of critical thinking.

The ‘Three plagues’ open call exhibition draws its title from ‘Imperium’ – a book by Ryszard Kapuściński published in 1993. In the book the author warns: ‘Three plagues, three contagions, threaten the world. The first is the plague of nationalism. The second is the plague of racism. The third is the plague of religious fundamentalism. All three share one trait, a common denominator – an aggressive, all-powerful, total irrationality.’ A dangerous scenario, which the Polish reporter warned against, is slowly becoming reality in the field of politics. These phenomena are intensifying, to a greater or lesser extent, not only in Poland and Europe but also in many other places in the world. Concepts such as nation, race, religion are increasingly used by populist and neo-fascist organisations. They are not just slogans any more, they are becoming the foundation of programs of political parties whose aim is to spread fear and hatred.

The opening date of the exhibition is not accidental and is associated with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. It is also part of the informal agreement of people and institutions related to the Anti-Fascist Year.

Artists invited to the Three Plagues exhibition: Paweł Althamer, Ewa Axelrad, Mirosław Bałka, Anna Baumgart, Tomasz Bielak, Przemek Branas, Karolina Breguła, Hubert Czerepok, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Anna Konik, Jarosław Kozłowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Robert Kuśmirowski, Diana Lelonek, Zbigniew Libera, Goshka Macuga, Jacek Malinowski, Dorota Nieznalska, Dorota Podlaska, Agnieszka Polska, Karol Radziszewski, Joanna Rajkowska, Jadwiga Sawicka, Janek Simon, Mariusz Tarkawian, Marek Wasilewski, Wojciech Wilczyk, Monika Zadurska-Bielak, Artur Żmijewski.

Conditions for participation in the open call:
– sending a completed application form (the name of file shall be according to the pattern: surname_name_formularz),
– sending art work documentation (surname_name_work title) in PDF file format; in case of videos, sending a link to the video file and access code,
– sending the portfolio (surname_name_portfolio).

The list of artists invited to participate in the exhibition is to be announced on the Galeria Labirynt website. Applications are accepted until 04.06.2019 only via email to the following address:


Open call terms and conditions as well as application form are available only in Polish (regulamin konkursuformularz zgłoszeniowy)



• Do organisers bear the costs of artworks transportation?
Yes, we bear the cost of artworks transportation but only in Poland.

• Can artistic duos or art groups take part in the open call?
Yes, if all members of the duo or the group meet the age requirement.

• Can I submit a work in the form of a cycle to the open call?

• Is it possible to submit a work that has already been presented to the public?

• Can people from outside Poland take part in the open call?