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In the latest exhibition from the Bunkier Sztuki Collection we present films whose topics are Kraków-related. The exhibition covers works artists from Poland and abroad. The narrative moves through the city as it shows its sweeping vista: society, architecture, nature, history, aesthetic. The display is an alternative to a city walk where you would follow places, events and people which inspired the artists.

Łukasz Skąpski surveys the residents of post-war Kraków housing estates about life in local communities. Krzysztof Wodiczko gives the floor to people who have experienced various sorts of trauma and confronts the audience in the expanse of the Market Square with painful stories. Leopold Kessler experiments in the Nowa Huta public space and watches tourists through a hidden camera’s eye. The Rafani collective takes a stroll in the city centre and engages in banal activities that serve as a hidden part of the performance. Meanwhile, Cecylia Malik subtly explores Kraków peripheries on her boat trip spanning six rivers to show the beauty of nature but also its dramatic pollution, a result of human actions. Olof Olsson, inspired by the bell Sigismund that hangs in the Wawel Cathedral, spins a story of the Kraków’s cultural monument. Karolina Kowalska uses scenes from the film version of Stanisław Wyspiański’s The Wedding to assemble a collage. Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries duo unconventionally commemorates the city in their visual poem.

The exhibition depicts Kraków as a place of varied landscape and potential, more than a large tourist destination. The works refer to the city as seen from residents’ perspective, but also from that of incoming foreign artists, for whom Kraków gets to be a zone of creative experimentation.

Artists: Leopold Kessler, Karolina Kowalska, Cecylia Malik, Piotr Pawlus, Olof Olsson, Rafani, Łukasz Skąpski, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
From 19 May 2020

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