Alicja Biala’s works from the „Polska” series combine symbols, motives and emblems that constitute the collective identity of the Polish people. The artist uses photos found on the Internet, family archives, pictures cut out from the press as well as her own photos created specially for this project. Cut and put together sloppily, during hangover, rattled off, chaotic and who knows how come it still holds on” – this is how the artist herself describes the project „Polska”. Alicja Biala’s photo-collages were executed independently of the peoms of Marcin Świetlicki as separate narrations, to be finally merged in a book released by Wydawnictwo Wolno. The project „Poland no Offence” is the continuation alluding to the 100 years of Polish independence.
Inspired by the tradition of peregrination, the artist initiated the tour of selected works across Poland. Many people from the world of culture and politics joined the action. The collages travelled among others to: Krystyna Janda, Olga Tokarczuk, Katarzyna Nosowska, Robert Biedron. The artist thus explains her intentions: „It was important to me for these works to travel, to initiate discussions about Poland but also to let us look at ourselves from a distance. Poles, totally unnecessarily, are extremely  uptight about their polishness. I hope these works make them laugh or wonder.
At the exhibition in Leica 6×7 Gallery in Warsaw Alicja Biala presents the original photocollages published in the book of poems „Polska, wiązanka pieśni patriotycznych”, as well as the unpublished ones. There will also be whole new works created recently. The „icons” that have lately been travelling around the country also arrived in Leica 6×7 Gallery. Their long journey, full of adventures, is described in a special site-specific installation.
Opening: 26.07.2018 (Thursday) 19:00
Exhibition runs from 27.07.2018 to 22.09.2018
Curator: Monika Proniewska
Meetings: Alicja Biała – Marcin Świetlicki 27.07 (Friday), 18:00
Discussion: Alicja Biała and co-authors of the Peregrination project 13.09 (Thursday), 18:00
Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa, Mysia 3, 2nd floor

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