Testimony in Practice - Maciej Bączyk and Emma Lockey

7 Sep 2019 – 25 Oct 2019

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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To celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Centrala Space presents ‘Testimony in practice’ exhibition, resulting from a partnership with the University of Birmingham.


Two artists from different backgrounds, Emma Lockey —a set designer based in Birmingham and Maciej Bączyk —a multimedia artist, co-founder of KinoManual duo, working and living in Wroclaw, Poland are telling an engaging story created from multiple perspectives, memories of life under a totalitarian regime and the system change that followed. They were inspired by family anecdotes, recollections and flashbacks that point out the importance of the year 1989 and the revolutions leading to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The exhibition asks questions about the implications of the system change in Central and Eastern Europe. Can we learn anything valuable from the experiences of 1989, living in 2019 in divided Western Europe?



1. 06/09/19 - 6PM - 9PM – Exhibition opening

2. 21/09/19 - 10.30 AM - 5.30 PM – Creating the Self: Youth Artists Workshop with La Conquesta del Pol Sud, Little Earthquake, Banciu Carmen-Francesca, Emma Lockey and Jakub Ceglarz

3. 04/10/19 - 8 PM - External projection in Minerva Works and post-soviet DJ set by Maciej Bączyk, aka DJ Pomnik. The event is a part of Birmingham Weekender In Digbeth programme

4.11/10/19-7PM-9PM–External projection by Maciek Bączyk on the Old Joe Clock Tower. The projection is a part of The Green Heart Festival programme by University of Birmingham

5. 17/11/19 - 1.00PM - 6.00PM – Youth Artists Workshop at Romanian Cultural Institute in London with Banciu Carmen-Francesca, Eugenio Szwarcer, Carles Fernandez Giua and Sara Jones

Testimony in Practice is a collaborative project which aims to collect and perform testimonies of life in a divided Europe. It promotes an exchange and collaboration between researchers and artists in different fields around the ethics and methods of using testimony. It also aims to increase public understanding of the life experiences of Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK.
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This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, #AHCR #ArtsandHumanitiesResearchCouncil


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Emma Lockey

Maciej Bączyk

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