Weeds is a project dedicated to a specific set of plants that act as a unique record of social and political history. These plants can be found in places that are now deserted but were formerly densely populated villages in the south east of Poland. Today, seventy years after their inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes, the plants have continued to grow, have taken over the space and they are a permanent reminder of a now lost human presence.

exhibition

Floraphilia. Plants as archive,
Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
15 / 09 – 18 / 11 / 2018

collaboration

curator: Aneta Rostkowska
producer: Gitte Moll
lamps: Led Farmer

installation

living plants – fragment of a meadow transferred from depopulated village Hulskie, soil (bank of seeds), trolleys, greenhouse lamps

Migrations connected with conflicts are one of the biggest problems that is being faced by Europe nowadays. The installation by Karolina Grzywnowicz evokes the events related to the change of Polish borders. During this process, over half a million of population inhabiting south-eastern part of Poland, i.e. the Bieszczady Mountains, the Low Besikids mountain range, the Beskid Sądecki mountain range, the Przemyśl Piedmont and the Roztocze region, was resettled. The installation provokes deeper reflection on the the situation of the displaced people, refugees and emigrants – all those who have to find a new place so that they can find the balance and a safe place to live.

location

Skwer Cubryny, Powiśle, Warszawa
7 / 05 / 2016 – ongoing

collaboration

Bęc Zmiana Foundation, Bogna Świątkowska photos: Michał Matejko

installation

a fragment of a meadow transferred from depopulated village fitted in a lawn

Weeds is a project dedicated to a specific set of plants that act as a unique record of social and political history. These plants can be found in places that are now deserted but were formerly densely populated villages in the south east of Poland. Today, seventy years after their inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes, the plants have continued to grow, have taken over the space and they are a permanent reminder of a now lost human presence.

exhibition

Chwasty, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Project Space, Warszawa
4 / 09 – 1 / 11 / 2015

collaboration

curator: Zbigniew Libera
gardening care: Sławomir Sędzielski
photos: Michał Matejko, Michał Ramus

installation

living plants – fragment of a meadow transferred from depopulated village, soil (bank of seeds), greenhouse lamps

The work is a part of the cycle that has recently been consequently developed by the artist. It is not only dedicated to plants and their cultural meaning, but also the green as such, treated as a trace of human presence. Some of the plants – and here not necessarily arable crops – grow in the places where there used to be houses, farm buildings and so on. While examining the plants, the artist traces abandoned villages in the mountains. In the BWA Sokół Gallery, the artist made an installation of periwinkle – an evergreen plant, commonly cultivated in home gardens, commonly used during Easter time.

exhibition

Magic Mountain, BWA "Sokół" Nowy Sącz
4 / 07 – 20 / 09 / 2015

collaboration

curator: Magda Ujma, coordination: Ewa Rams
Julian Tomaszuk, Kuba Rudziński

installation

periwinkle on plywood construction