C C A W A W E L C A S T L E
Artists: Michał Gayer, Justyna Gryglewicz, Michał Hyjek, Szymon Kobylarz, Magdalena Lazar, Cecylia Malik, Mateusz Okoński, Agnieszka Piksa, Aneta Rostkowska, Marta Sala, Łukasz Skąpski, Piotr Sikora, Kuba Skoczek, Łukasz Surowiec, Piotr Swiatoniowski, Wojciech Szymański, Kuba Woynarowski
The curators of the Centre for Contemporary Art 'Wawel Castle' project invited all visitors to an unconventional guided tour around the Wawel Hill and its surroundings. It is based on an existing museum of Wawel Castle in the centre of the city, a historical site, very important for Polish identity. The Museum almost never allows any contemporary art into its spaces so we decided to create an imaginary 'collection' of site-specific works of art situated there. The artists taking part in our project don't create any physical works, instead they appropriate different elements of the Castle and its real collection and create stories around them. The performance furnished an opportunity to present a new vision of curating, prepared by the organisers and published in a dedicated manifesto, which combines the gonzo technique with the reality of the economic crisis (the so-called gonzo curating).
As part of my work I created counterfeit documentation of the act of sowing seeds - on the walls of the Wawel Castle - that would develeop into plants with strong roots. The plants‘ roots were to breach the walls of the castle fortress. My work referenced the already existing greenery, which spontaneously grew in a place where it shouldn’t.
curators: Jakub Woynarowski, Aneta Rostkowska
Photo: Natalia Wiernik