Narracje #9 Off season

Installations and Interventions in Public Space

Location: Gdańsk - Brzeźno
When: 17th - 18th of November 2017
Artists: Meris Angioletti, Wojciech Bąkowski, Theatre Cantabile 2, Kaja Cykalewicz-Lycak, Rafał Dominik, Norbert Delman, Rafał Gołębiewski, Maurycy Gomulicki, Lola Gonzàlez, Laura Grudniewska, Michał Grzymała, Magda Jędra, Katarzyba Krakowiak, Ursula Mayer, Dominika Olszowy, Iza Rogucka, Diana Rönnberg, Ewa Rudnicka, Jerzy Bohdan Szumczyk, Stach Szumski, Natalia Uryniuk.
Curator: Anna Czaban
Organizer: Instytut Kultury Miejskiej | Co-organizer: Gdansk City Gallery

On 17 and 18 November, the seaside resort of Brzeźno will see works of 21 artists from Poland and other countries. Anna Czaban has invited Maurycy Gomulicki, Ewa Rudnicka, Ursula Mayer, Wojtek Bąkowski, Norbert Delman, Lola Gonzales, Katarzyna Krakowiak and many others. Using various media (performance, installation, sound art), the artists will explore the architecture, the history, and the spatiality of Brzeźno, as well as the communal processes and social interactions. Traditionally, most works will be site-specific. There will of course be tours of the installations with the curator and guides, as well as educational projects for kids. In the evening, we will open our festival club located in the former Balladyna club at Hallera 232.
Come and see the out-of-season Brzeźno with the City Culture Institute and Gdansk City Gallery.

The main objective of the story of Brzeźno is to evoke both the truth and the legends referring to the former resort. We are going to recreate the atmosphere of the spa without nostalgia, theatrical mystifications, and remembering the heydays of the former resort with its Dom Zdrojowy where captains and admirals threw parties. We return to the legend to see what’s left of the memories of the neighbourhood’s past, and to confront it with the reality and the needs of the citizens of Gdansk,’ says NARRACJE curator, Anna Czaban.

Anna Czaban is a curator, a facilitator, and a graduate of cultural studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and curatorial studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. From 2009 to 2015, she worked as the curator for Galeria Miejska Arsenał in Poznan, where she was responsible for artistic and social projects (e.g. Miłość do tego, co naturalne, Poręczne, W stronę instytucji krytycznej exhibitions and the Lokalsi project). In 2014, she edited Zawód: Kurator – a comprehensive volume on the work of a curator in Poland. She is cooperating with the Inna przestrzeń foundation(One Caucasus, Gruzja and Transkaukazja, Warszawa). Since 2015, she has been curating social projects at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (Archipelag Jazdów, Ogród Miejski Jazdów).

Since 2009, NARRACJE has been exploring the stories of our city. Each autumn, artist explore Gdansk neighbourhoods, changing the contexts of the well known locations with their artistic interventions. So far, NARRACJE has been curated by: Bettina Peltz (2009—2011), Steven Matijcio (2012), Rob Garrett (2013), Anna Witkowska and Adam Witkowski (2014), Anna Smolak (2015), and Stach Szabłowski (2016). The festival was organised in the Old and Main Town, as well as in the former shipyard, Dolne Miasto, Długie Ogrody, Wrzeszcz, Nowy Port, and Biskupia Górka. The curator for the 9th edition (17/18 Nov; Gdańsk Brzeźno) is Anna Czaban.