Warsaw Gallery Weekend at POLIN Museum

During Warsaw Gallery Weekend at the Polin Museum everyone is invited to events which present various ways of utilizing museum collections in artistic work.

  • 23 - 24 September (Saturday - Sunday), free admission

Yael Vishnizki Levi will show a film inspired by a letter discovered in her private family archive, Judaica Project will present the results of several months’ worth of efforts working with body, voice and a collection of Jewish songs, and Patrycja Orzechowska will talk about her artistic interpretation of selected donated artifacts from the POLIN Museum collection. On Sunday, everyone is invited to workshops with Judaica Project and a discussion about their “songwork catalogue” – a record of how they worked out experimental techniques to approach the songs.

Saturday (23 September):

  • 6 PM - Premiere of “Intimacy”, a film by Yael Vishnizki Levi (open event)
  • 6.30 PM - Urban research theatre performance “Judaica Project” (open event)
  • 7.30 PM - Premiere of Patrycja Orzechowska’s book “Medium”  (open event)
  • 8 PM - Conversation: “Private, public – contemporary art and Jewish collections” (attending: Yael Vishnizki Levi, Judaica Project trio, Patrycja Orzechowska, Ewa Chomicka, Renata Piątkowska – POLIN) (open event) 

Sunday (24 September):

  • 1 PM - 4 PM - “Judaica Project”: workshops (free admission, booking required: [email protected])
  • 6.30 PM - 8.30 PM - “Judaica Project”: “Songwork catalogue” presentation and analytical discussion (open event) 

About "Intimacy" by Yael Vishnizki Levi:

The artist has made a short film drawing on the tradition of the shadow theatre. The script written by the artist – a dialogue of two protagonists: the artist’s grandfather and Władysław Gomułka who did actually meet before the war, concerns the struggle of an individual with ideology and political regime, talks about the migration of Jews to Israel and recalls the period of political transformation after 1989. The work has been inspired by a letter found in the private archive of the artist’s family written by her grandfather to the Polish consulate which had never been answered.

The film was created as part of  "Open Museum – Education in Acting" programme of artistic residencies at POLIN Museum.

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About "Judaica Project":

Based on studies in experimental anthropological and lab theatre, performativity, ethnomusicology, visual anthropology, Jewish studies and philosophy, the project led by Ben Spatz, Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel is searching for new ways of thinking of and working with one’s voice, implementing newly acquired knowledge and skills, working with identity, cultural policy and multimedia documentation in a wide experimental context. The core of the project is a large collection of Jewish songs selected from Folkways Label’s ethno-musicological records (Smithsonian Archive), collated by a three-person team of researchers during intense six-month fieldwork. The songs come from different parts of the world and time periods and are sung in different languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Turkish, Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, Luganda, Swahili, and others. The team draws from various disciplines and ways of acquiring knowledge which cross-reference and complement each other. In this way, through practising music in theatre lab space, ethnomusicological studies on Jewish songs are being conducted while the selection and cataloguing of film material documenting practical work in the studio invites discussions on cultural identity. 

The project has been funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and is conducted as part of "embodied research" at Huddersfield University’s School of Music, Humanities and Media.

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About "Medium" by Patrycja Orzechowska:

Patrycja Orzechowska produced a unique publication comprising images of donations from the Museum collection, perpetuated in a particular way. The objects selected by the artist together with the POLIN Museum Collections Department – personal keepsakes and histories – were exposed directly on a photosensitive material. Her work is not merely a revealing insight into multi-generational histories hidden in these objects; it also serves as an analysis of social memory which encourages critical approach. 

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The activities are part of Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2017