News 16.04.2019

Direction: Coal-Mine in Tychy

The Académie des Beaux-Arts de Namur, Belgium, cooperates with the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. The effects can be viewed in Tychy.

The Direction: Coal-Mine project is based on the cooperation between the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Namur in Belgium. The activities of the artists aim to record a world which slips into oblivion.

Nathalie Hannecart – photography, Mathilde Lacroix – sound laboratory, Olivier van Rossum – photography,Weronika Siupka – printmaking. The project is an encounter of different forms of artistic expression. The connotations between the industrial heritage in Poland and in Walloon provide a platform for visual experiments. The realization of artistic and educational activities in Upper Silesia and Walloon: exhibitions, lectures and workshops connected with the programme of the cooperation, has been going on since 2017. The project tries to address the question of identity problems in post-industrial regions.

The sociological aspect constitutes an important element, touching on the Polish immigrant community in Belgium. The similarities resulting from the industrial past of the regions are also significant. The goal is to jointly seek answers to the questions about the social condition of post-industrial areas in the context of the place and tradition. More than reflections on the past, the photographs, prints and sound all illustrate the experience of loss, which reveals the meaning of absence, transporting the impression into another dimension of being: the meta-presence.

Opening: Thursday 18 April at the Galeria Obok in Tychy.

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