Artistic residencies

Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis (CENTRALA), 21-27 September, 2015

The Cut

As part of the POLIN Museum’s artist-in-residence programme, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis (CENTRALA) carried out a week-long (September 21–25, 2015) archaeological dig at 2B Karmelicka Street in Warsaw.

Residential buildings designed by Bohdan Lachert (1948) stand today on piles of ghetto rubble where the Evangelical Hospital was from 1769-1944. Today this housing complex is one of the landmarks of the narrative of the reconstruction of the city of Warsaw.

Referring to the post-war history of Karmelicka Street, the artists have - by way of an ephemeral intervention - initiated social dialogue with the inhabitants of both the Muranów district and the entire city of Warsaw. The main theme of this dialogue being the forces that destroyed and shaped the city.

The conclusion of the artist's residency at the museum was a meeting led by by Jerzy Elżanowski, a scholar from Carleton University, Ottawa, whose interests include issues related to the phenomenon of ruins), the author of >>"Domestication of Violence: Notes on the Social and Spatial Trespass on the Anthropogenic Layer of Warsaw".

More about the artists

Aslı Çavuşoğlu – Turkish visual artist whose works have been presented in Witte de With (Rotterdam), the MAK Museum (Vienna), HMKV (Dortmund), ICA (London) and also during the Performa in New York and the 14th Biennale in Istanbul.

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Simone De Iacobis and Małgorzata Kuciewicz – project group CENTRALA is a Warsaw-based collective of architects who create critical artistic statements on the Polish spatial environment.

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The Mayor of the Śródmieście (City Centre) District of the Capital City of Warsaw has extended honorary patronage over the project.

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The activity “Open Museum – Education in Action” is carried out within the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, component “Faces of Diversity”. Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
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