26.02.2016

PURO Q&A: Katarzyna Roj

People and spaces create the essence of a city. Architecture, unusual places and objects, strange nooks, well-known paths, emotions, and memories. In PURO Q&A we ask those who inspire us about their ways of creating and experiencing cities. Artists, designers, and creators of the contemporary urban world.


Katarzyna Roj, a philospher and curator inspired by the need to experience and provide experience, uses all of her senses to explore cities and manage the Design gallery in  BWA Wrocław. In the gallery, already labeled as the “urban carpet”, Kasia arranges exhibitions, workshops, lectures, movie screenings, and open-air events, breaking with the traditional concept of a gallery. She believes that design is not only about “beautiful objects”, but also about ideas, people and experiences.

 

I experience a city…

The most during the first visit. I believe you need a right companion for it to be fruitful. Sometimes, however, I enjoy pretending that I’m an inhabitant of a particular place. I go shopping by myself, talk to strangers at the grocer’s and search for my favorite local food.

 

When I want to meet people…

I go to work. Daily I can meet there dozens of people, and we don’t talk only about the gallery. Recently I’ve met a very interesting man who took his family and left Poland in 1979. Now he makes maps in the Caribbean. We’ve become friends and currently work together on an exhibition.

 

When I want to calm down…

I shut myself from the rest of the world in my house and enjoy the company of my husband.

 

 

 

I go for walks…

With my dog. Someone’s told me recently that when we walk a dog we should switch our mobiles off to show the animal some respect.

 

I discover…

The greatest discovery connected with the city is that some of the plates with tram numbers are original and remember the time when public transport was introduced in the city. Camouflaged, quiet and often unnoticed, the plates date back to “Breslau” of 1877. They have survived the change of the nation, the country and even propaganda minister’s decrees to destroy every visual reminder of the German past. They seem to have this local, heroic spirit.

 

 

 

I find treasures…

At the greengrocer’s owned by Mr. John. This place, well-known to everyone in the vicinity, brims with unique treasures. The owner himself is a wonderful human being who needs no weighing scales to give you exactly what you want.

 

The taste of the city…

Is sweet. It’s hard to explain and simply has to be felt.

 

 

 

Things I always have on me…

I like it when I need nothing more than keys and a credit card. Most often, however, I can’t do without things that help me at work: a notebook is a must. This year I chose the one designed by Hakobo; it has no calendar and a plenty of space to write and draw. For me and my friends.

 

A must-have item in my suitcase…

No travel will do without goods for exchange!

 

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