Marta Bryś, Magdalena Kownacka, Izabela Zawadzka
As the project members say – ‘We never know what’s going to happen’. 270 drawings entered the room (stage) of Cricoteka. For now they are grouped in 20 drawingbags, in three series which will seat on 70 chairs. Five films are looking for proper conditions to be shown. Oh, and a few sculptures got a lifting. 52 steps long and 18 across. Rather mediocre acoustics. Time flows slowly. ‘The realm of drawings is not so much what can be drawn, but what has been drawn hundreds and thousands of times’ – this is how Marek Chlanda introduces us to the event. We’ve been working here for over a month, mostly as tools to measure distance, temperature, hardness, smell and strength. The works cover several spheres: the area of direct experience, the space of drawings as verbal concepts, and transmissions from the afterworld. Action thinking, intuitive locking of events, choreographic look and various other procedures are all milestones of our progress. We place capacity, buoyancy, content of actions in the place of interpretation, substance and understanding. We study mechanic and organic movement, remembering and forgetting. The exhibition room is our territory, inhabited by mocking Jesters and an existential reverie of the Afterworld, cams and right angles. We govern the space, authorizing the views of our not-really organism, not-really landscape. It’s a bit funny, but not without pressure and exploitation.
Marek Chlanda’s Cargo is a project placing itself at the meeting point of an exhibition, installation, performance and research process. It is currently lead by a team consisting of Marek Chlanda, Marta Bryś, Kaja Gliwa, Magdalena Kownacka, Izabela Zawadzka, Gaweł Kownacki i Aleksandra Idzikowska. Cargo, or a shipping service is the starting point. We all have our formatting experiences, teachers, masters, ideas and realizations which establish their artistic and life ‘me’. For Marek Chlanda it was the year 1975, when he saw Jerzy Grotowski’s Apocalypsis cum figuris and Tadeusz Kantor’s Dead Class. These experiences were key to his art and the way he understood art. He was a 20 years old student of the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Chlanda is the only member of the team so far, who has seen those spectacles live. The rest knows them through somebody else’s experience. Each of them is facing the contents of Cargo.
The exhibition room will be undergoing constant changes. Marek Chlanda and the other team members will be present in Cricoteka through the whole project. A group of coworkers will be growing. Guests from different environments and fields will be invited to join the project, and the variety of points of view will become the beginning of the publication accompanying the event.
Cargo will be open to viewers from the 9th of October 2020.
The exhibition is a part of ‘Difficult pasts – uncertain futures’, celebration of 40th anniversary of Cricoteka.