concept " BIA-GD-BRU"

 

2010

Installations relate to social problems in the cities where I live or used to live in. The impact of population on it is changing nature

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Heart of the city Sound: 

Justyna Kuklo, Maciek Wojcieszkiewicz, Tom Kraus

BIA

Bialystok, Poland - my hometown east of the country. A poor city, situated in an agriculture region, surrounded by forest and a national park. There is a mix of different religions in the area. You can find Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, and Tatars-Muslims. In this work, you can hear a mix of people praying, which interpenetrating each other. Strong religious rituals dictate how the city lives. Residents are almost all white and almost all believers. The direction of gold thread sets the pursuit of holiness. This installation shows the ecumenical character of the city.

 

own technique: the materials - silk, polyester, polystyrene, plexiglass, gold thread


 

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GDA

 

Gdańsk, Poland - a Polish town to the north. Historically is a very important strategic point, due to sea access. Inhabited mainly by Germans and Polish people. For 25 years it used to have the status of the Free City of Gdańsk ('Freie Stadt Danzig'). For the installation a map from 1920 was used, which was engraved on plexiglass. Tensions between the inhabitants of Gdansk are shown by threads passing through different parts of the city which with political change switched from Polish to German and another way around. The paths of these two nations disperse like the thread in the installation. The history of Gdańsk = Danzig is still present in the architecture and atmosphere of the city. The installation is accompanied by records about the city-shared history in two languages. Polish and German. Also, Memories were used which are not identical and subjective.

 

technique: the materials - plexiglass, cotton thread

BRU

 

Brussels, Belgium -  the Capital of Europe, a national melting pot of immigrants. The Metro lines divide and link the city. At a first glance Belgians, Europeans and other immigrants live separated from each other and cultivate their national traditions. However, when we, penetrate deeper into the structure of the city, we can see the network connections. I see that the bonded bodies are forming as a regular pattern of Belgian lace. The colors of the thread are a symbol of skin tones and colors of the Belgium flag. On my daily route to work, I recorded the sounds from the underground, mixed voices of speaking people in different languages probably the city's inhabitants.

 

own technique: material - plexiglass, recycling fabric, cotton thread

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