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2017-03-13

Koszyki and artists

Visit Hala Koszyki from 9 March to 20 April 2017 to experience an art exhibition by Mariola Przyjemska ("2015/2016") and a photo exhibition by Wojciech Gepner – both can be found on the upper floor.

Free admission

Mariola Przyjemska is among those artists who have shaped the Polish art in 1990s. She elaborated the theme of modern consumption and her latest works touch on urban and architectural issues. Her signature style prevailing from earlier works continues to be poster-flat paintings. The newest works provide a perspective on the growth of Warsaw's city centre in a way that is unusual among other artists of the recent years. She observes how her residential area is becoming developed more and more densely from her art studio at ONZ roundabout at the heart of Warsaw. The growing prices of city centre terrains invite more investors who focus on profits while locating their assets in more high-rise structures. The resulting urban zone is filled up with contrasts. Skyscrapers are winning the last free ground while residents are losing their public places and green zones. Przyjemska's paintings feature luxurious architecture positioned next to disorganised urban structure of old residential estates.

Is the war for urban space turning the city centre into a business district and a luxury apartment zone? Will the less-earners be forced to move out from here?

Wojciech Gepner was born in 1966. He lives and works in Kielce. His genre is utility photography, topped with reportage and creative photography.
He uses various techniques, from camera obscura up to digital devices, from elementary photography up to advanced electronic editing. His works are focused on mood. He believes that the right climate is above all, even the shot composition, colours and sharpness of the picture...

He likes to take pictures of places which are off the busy zones, somewhere in backstreet areas and the country side. According to Gepner, only there one is able to find "a different perspective" on the plain, overly-polished and increasingly artificial reality. Purpose-oriented and very thought-out planning of the living space in the modern era is what residents and tourists love when visiting city centres that are highly orderly. But on the borders of the big cities and the civilization there starts poverty, poor quality and ugliness. Suburbs are filled with incidental and disorganised settings featuring buildings big and small, retail units, barracks, kiosks and structural extensions. Many have been erected without following any urban guidelines or administrative permits and create a jungle of formats and shapes worn, impaired and crooked. Indeed a charming book of anxiety. Incidental scattering and wealth of creations of such "joyful independence" make entire zones very interesting and even fascinating. This is the place of living, work, rest and stay of the lower circles of the society. Those with more ambitions take effort in making this unique infrastructure somewhat more appealing but their activity makes this urban enclave even more awkward and unsuccessful.  Freaky creatures are erected, often topped with private attempts at painting and epistolographic creativity. Kitsch merges with reality only to create a truly unique combination of beauty and ugliness. What has been barely attractive in the reality is becoming even more degraded.

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