It was organised by University of Arts in Poznań in cooperation with academic network of European art schools – PARADOX Fine Art European Forum; UAP Foundation and Culture Centre ZAMEK. The project was carried out as part of an international conference entitled: Alternative Zones: Uncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education.
35 students and graduate students of European art schools participated in the project. They took part in 10-day-long workshop focusing on a topic: Reactivating Central Poznan. The students were given professional and artistic help by three distinguished Polish artists and professors: Janusz Bałdyga i Piotr Kurka (University of Arts in Poznań) and Łukasz Skąpski (Art Academy in Szczecin).
The artists, taking part in the project, were interested mainly in problems, which also bother Poznań city residents. Commercialisation of the city centre, urban and social degradation of its parts – they all create new, previously unknown problems. On closer observation and analysis of the unsettling phenomena, it is possible to perceive that the processes involved also concern other cities in the world. They posses a universal dimension, for that reason they open up a discussion in which individual experiences and subjective observations may be confronted with ideas and suggestions of local governments, experts, activists representing social organisations and people living in the cities. We felt that it would be valuable to share with a wide group of viewers perceptions and reflections of young artists provoked by their experience of visiting Poznań. We hope that fresh, and often unconventional outlook of young and sensitive artists, may also be interesting for residents of other cities. Especially that their observations, reflections and proposals turned out to be so varied and in many cases they took a very interesting art form.
The link between artists' observations with their earlier experiences and individual language of expression, allowed them to create many intriguing projects. It all gave in turn an interesting exhibition, which we have a great pleasure to present to you.
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