21.10.2016 - 26.03.2017
Katarzyna Bobiec and Dominika Borkowska are students of artistic mediation at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. In Re Gallery they have arranged interactive spaces inspired by their performance activities.
On the ground floor we present the photographic and text documentation of the painters’ plein air in Stropkov in Slovakia, as part of which Katarzyna Bobiec invited Roma children to join in. She gave them coloured crayons and asked them to paint whatever was nearest to them. In the exhibition that followed the plein air, she presented their paintings side by side with her own, treating the entire action as performative. The children’s works can also be seen in Re Gallery. For the artist, performance is inseparably linked to everyday life; it is often spontaneous action, inspired by the location or situation. These reflections appear in her journal, also shown in the exhibition. Katarzyna Bobiec wants to enhance her own experience with those of the visitors to the gallery. The space is interactive: the viewers are encouraged to record their stories and mark their significant spots on the map –the artist may make them her future destinations.
On the first floor, we show the video from the action Do You Want to Walk with Me? by Dominika Borkowska. The performance consisted of the artist stretching out her hand to passers-by in a friendly gesture of greeting. The film demonstrates how very closed we are to others – many turn away and pretend not to see the artist. The recording is intended to inspire the viewer to break through the barrier of arrogance and to snap out of this isolation that has become such a social problem. The set of instructions that Dominika Borkowska has prepared motivates the visitor to take the initiative to strike up contact with others. In the performance Do You Want to Walk with Me?, communication took place by gesture. In the exhibition, however, the artist also refers to two other forms of connecting with other people – conversation and written correspondence. The instructions help one to open up to another person step by step. The first stage is to invite someone to participate in a dialogue prompted by written questions provided by Borkowska. The second stage is based on encouraging gestures. To round the performance off, the visitor can write a letter that becomes part of the exhibition or – if posted into a special mail box – will reach the artist herself.