22/8 Smoleńsk Street – March 2010
Artistic project and exhibition in process, which was organised by Cecylia Malik and Justyna Koeke.
The project raised a subject of gentrification and depopulation of the city centres. Curators took up the social problem when their family was pinned down to move out from tenement house after the rent was increased three times by the new Spanish owner. Family of the artists lived in this house since World War II. Artists from Germany and Poland were invited to the social discussion about politically-economical changes in Poland. Because of it two points of views were drawn. First one, from the polish artists who were related with the family that was forced to move out, engaged emotionally. Then on the other hand there are artists form abroad who are aloof and they see things from a completely different perspective.
Parents of Cecylia and Justyna moved out on March 15th, the keys were to be returned on March 30th. During this period artists brought back to this deserted house, its previous character by living and working there at the same time. Flat on 22/8 Smoleńsk Street became an exhibition opened 24/7, a workshop, a place for meetings and discussions, there were couple of lectures, concerts, workshops, performances and friendly meetings that took place over there. Project gained remarkable attention from media, artistic community, but also from common residents from neighbouring estates, who often knew the problem from their own experience.
Artists included in the project: Demian Bern, Nikko Biernacka, Zbigniew Jarosz, Justyna Koeke, Łukasz Lendzinski, Piotr Madej, Cecylia Malik, Bartek Materka, Negradonna, Grupa Strupek, Kestutis Svirnelis, Mateusz Torbus, Pablo Wendel, Tomasz Wiech, Daniela Wolf.