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Trafostacja Sztuki w Szczecinie ul. Świętego Ducha 4 OPEN Tue-Sun 11 am–7 pm +48 91 400 00 49

WHATEVER YOU COME UP WITH ABOUT YOURSELF

Tomasz Lazar "Kiss"
Couple kissing at Tanzboat party
Szczecin, 2017

artists: Karolina Babińska, Jan Baszak, Karolina Breguła, Piotr Bruch, CentrumCentrum (Łukasz Jastrubczak, Małgorzata Mazur), Hubert Czerepok, Danuta Dąbrowska, Wojciech Dada, Jagoda Dukiewicz, Karolina Freino, Dariusz Fodczuk, Agnieszka Grodzińska & Przemysław Piniak, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Martyna Hadyńska, Natalia Janus Malewska, Kraz, Kamil Kuskowski, Natalia Laskowska, Tomasz Lazar, Lump, Adam Majiczek & Adam Witkowski, Artur Malewski, Marszałek, Grażyna Monika Olszewska, Anna Orlikowska, Witek Orski, Maciej Osmycki, Bartłomiej Otocki, Teresa Otulak, Ul Paźniak, Rufus, Arkadiusz Piętak, Alicja Pilarczyk & Nieszka Bogusławska, Pracownia Filmu Społecznego, Zbigniew Romańczuk & Radek Nagay (in collaboration with Aleksandra Łukaszewicz-Alcaraz), Wiesława Ruta, Daniel Rycharski, Maryna Sakowska, Aleksandra Ska, Łukasz Skąpski, Katarzyna Szeszycka, Natalia Szostak & Weronika Fibich, Monika Szpener, Monika Tichy „Pacyfka” i Lambda Szczecin, Andrzej Wasilewski & Mikołaj Iwański, Wiktoria Walendzik, Michał Radomił Wiśniewski, Anna Witkowska, Waldemar Wojciechowski, Zorka Wollny, Romek Zańko, Bartosz Zaskórski, Agata Zbylut

with guest participation of:
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your Body is a Battleground) Polish version, 1991/2020
Poster 76 x 55 cm MSPM BKR 25925
Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin.
The work is held in the collection of the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.

curator and author of the exhibition concept: Stanisław Ruksza

curatorial collaboration – TRAFO team:
Daria Grabowska, Ada Kusiak, Emilia Orzechowska, Jędrzej Wijas, Andrzej Witczak

EVENT DATES

Sat 26 Sep 2020
13:00
odsłonięcie muralu na filarze pod Trasą Zamkową

MIŁOŚĆ POWRACA DO SZCZECINA

Sat 26 Sep 2020
14:00
spotkanie w TRAFO

MIŁOŚĆ POWRACA DO SZCZECINA

Sat 19 Dec 2020 —
Sun 28 Feb 2021
data rozpoczęcia wystawy jest uzależniona od daty ponownego otwarcia instytucji kultury
Sat 19 Dec 2020 —
Sun 28 Feb 2021
exhibition

The Free City of Szczecin

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The exhibition, featuring a selection of works created by Szczecin-based artists, perversely tells the story of the post-war city and examines its condition throughout the decades. The show is an attempt to diagnose Szczecin’s contemporary identity as well as to make a critical review of the established symbols and myths. Its title was taken from the prose of Szczecin-based writer and scholar, Inga Iwasiów, whose novel Bambino has gained a nation-wide recognition. The plot is set in Szczecin, in the period following the end of the war. It shows life complexities, biographies and spiritual attitudes of the new inhabitants. The main story premise, however, is developed around the concept of Szczecin as a place of a new beginning.

In the past decades, Szczecin has become a destination for a number of Polish individuals, all of whom brought their personal stories with them. In recent years, the city has attracted more and more artists: not just passing through, but opting for a longer or permanent stay, with the Szczecin Academy of Arts being the main reason for their influx from other parts of Poland. Alongside the locally established artists, the newcomers have built an environment that might have a potentially high impact on the local community. By inviting nearly half a hundred artists to participate in the exhibition, we want to show the potential of the community and the power of artistic language. A modern city, such as Szczecin, is “woven” from various narratives. Regardless of the unifying aspirations of the political authorities, it is impossible to close an independent and democratic metropolis in one myth.

We are interested in revising old and new, official and unofficial legends, exposing social self-stereotypes, enriching the discourse about the city with new perspectives, with new, both unexplored and invented stories. Rejecting the triteness and anachronism of harmonious symbolic representations of Szczecin, we want to initiate the creation of new symbols, metaphorical and non-obvious ones.

We hope that in the same place, after 75 years, everyone can still reinvent themselves for their own use.

The show will be accompanied by the premiere of the new album by Marszałek, titled Rust and co-produced by TRAFO.

The exhibition Whatever you come up with about yourself is financed by the City of Szczecin.