We present art that confronts the time of uncertainty. It does not attempt to offer recipes or answers. Neither does it raise questions. It is itself an action against reality, sometimes a record of its laws and processes in the face of which we exist and make choices.
With this exhibition we try to tame the new space and work through the inevitable associations it evokes. Thus, we react to the specific context of the place and the situation in which we have found ourselves as an institution, setting out against what awaits us. We wish to address instinctively what is universal in the moments of decision, change, crisis. To find a positive transformational potential in this experience.
What interests us is action and the inherent necessity of overcoming dilemmas, accepting the risk of making a mistake, a momentary loss of focus. This experience can be examined in relation to single individuals, but it is also easy to recognize it as a metaphor of the surrounding reality, where whole maps of ideological reference points shift in relation to one another. What we have also found important is the issue of reduction, bringing the existence to what is really important.
We hope that our selection of works can provide the kind of insight into fragments of reality that would intrigue explorers. These are very diverse works, films, video-performances, documentation, sculptures, objects and installations. Some of them have been found among the most interesting artistic statements on this subject made in recent years, some are completely new. On the metaphorical level, they are connected by the motif of a tent as an unusual condensation of existential and axiological space, a miniature of a house and the quintessence of readiness to set off on a journey. Each of us (curators, artists, viewers) contributes huge amount of personal experience to this space.
We would also like to remind you that the railway station in Wrocław has often served as a space open to contemporary art, often in its most experimental forms. This set is not closed yet. We are only just opening our archive. The works that we have discovered are presented in the form of documentation, inviting both the residents of Wrocław and visitors to explore the otherwise inaccessible nooks and crannies of our new gallery. Thus, to some extent the exhibition will resemble a house-warming party, since this time we do not separate the space for the "team" from the space for "visitors". This way we would like to make everyone feel a part of our experience as new settlers.
Anna Mituś, Marek Puchała, Katarzyna Roj, Joanna Stembalska