GDANSK: Alternativa 2016: Damage and Loss

Gdansk Shipyard is an extraordinary space: the space of constant change and historic breakthroughs – the repository of material culture and human stories. Also, it is the perfect space for artistic activities. A post-shipyard area is a house to Alternativa Foundation who has been the creator of Alternativa - the International Festival of Visual Arts for several years now and whose activity is not just a simple reflection on a local identity.

The mission of the Festival is to seek new ways for art and its social role. Each year, the organizers, invited curators and artists undertake actions that strengthen the relation between a local context, the problems of the contemporary world, artists’ work and everyday curatorial practice. The program consists in international art exhibitions, artistic events, publications and meetings.

The Alternativa 2016 Damage and Loss exhibition is an attempt to describe the constant experience of loss by linking human personal experiences with economic, political and environmental conditioning. The loss – of human integity, dignity, health, relations, safety, resources, access and – finally – life, is one of the things we fear the most – one of the most traumatic experiences an individual, a community and a society can go through. Not only is the fear something we feel but it is also politically exploited. The exhibition uncovers fragments and draws a partial picture of this reality and fear – a picture that’s, at times, taken from a distance. Additionally, Damage and Loss unlayers fictional scenarios and the poetics of loss.



Anna Królikiewicz, Untitled


One of the exhibited works is Untitled by Anna Królikiewicz, an artist and a teacher (Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts; School of Form), whose articles have been published in PURO Mood for Food section of PURO Magazine. For several years now, Anna’s work has been revolving around the notions of taste and synesthesia. Yet, the work presented as part of Alternativa 2016 is exceptional. Scarce, it operates entirely with light and the matter of word. It is dedicated to the artist’s father, also in the form: the lettering is modeled after the font of an old Berlin typewriter with a whole range of errors, hums and defects of a decayed ink on an old belt.

It’s worth visiting Hall B90 – the place of this year’s Alternativa 2016 exhibition – located in the post-shipyard area. Even more so, considering the fact that, at the information desk, you will have a chance to get a book from the Foundation’s rich archive, including the recently-published Garden of Everyday Errors, which sums up the several years of Festival’s activity by means of an impressive Dictionary.


Mariusz Tarkawian, Sixth Extinc­tion


Zuzanna Janin, SHAME


Zuzanna Janin, VOLVO 240 Trans­for­med into 4 Dro­nes, VOLVO V70 Trans­for­med into 6 Dro­nes (Sands of Desert)


Karolina Breguła, Instru­ments for making noise


Anton Kats, The Shi­py­ard Take Over


The main exhibition of Alternativa 2016 – the International Festival of Visual Arts entitled “Damage and Loss” is dedicated to the memory of Konrad Pustoła (1976-2015).

Curators: Livia Paldi, Anna Nawrot and Aneta Szyłak
General Producer: Maksymilian Bochenek

Artists: Anna Baumgart, Ursula Biemann, Karolina Breguła, Karolina Brzuzan, Ella de Burca, Gabriella Csoszo&Livia Paldi, Daniel Dressel, Dariusz Fodczuk, Zuzanna Janin, Ingela Johansson, Sven Johne, Hiwa K, Anton Kats, Anna Królikiewicz, Honorata Martin, Hanna Nowicka, Ekta Mittal, Rozhgar Mahmoud Mustafa, Anneè Olofsson, Agnieszka Polska & Witold Orski, Salam Atta Sabri, Im Heung-soon, Katarina Šević and Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László & Péter Rákosi), Dominika Skutnik, Mariusz Tarkawian, Milica Tomić. 

Time: 24 June – 15 September 2016, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (except Mondays); admission free
Place: The post-shipyard area in Gdansk | Hall B90




fot. Agata Kiedrowicz (PURO Magazine), Małgorzata Misha Szura-Piwnik


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