Curator: Jarosław Hulbój
Coordinator: Paulina Kołodziejska (Tatra National Park)
Artists: Czekalska+Golec, Hubert Czerepok, Paweł Jasiewicz, Jarosław Hulbój, Jakub Szczęsny, Aleksandra Wasilkowska
A Project Implemented in Cooperation with the Tatra National Park Staff
A Shelter is an attempt at a deeper artistic reflection on the Polish Tatras, a look on their endemic flora and fauna, on their culture and tradition – as a source of inspiration, but also mountains of problems, stereotypes, and negative myths. Can one consider this area to have its own identity? What does it consist in? What has changed here over the recent decades?
Can it be thought of as a place or rather a dynamic field that is open to negotiation? What is its structure? Who is in authority here? What is the role of the natural processes going on here, and what role does culture play? What value conflicts occur? How can they be solved with the use of methods and tools developed by the contemporary art and design?
One of the aims of this Project is breaking down the existing stereotypes into separate
issues, thorough research, and attempt at deconstruction. However, there is much more to the Tatras than just their wildlife: they are a complex system in which, alongside the
Tatras National Park, an important role is played by the mountaineers who are the native
population of Podhale, and also by others, including the National Park rangers, mountain
guides, the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue team, owners of ski lifts, ski routes and
ropeways, mountain shelters personnel, researchers into the wildlife, licensed mountain climbers, speleologists and rock climbers, and, last but not least, inhabitants of Zakopane and tourist whose number reaches three million on a year basis. Each of those groups has its own identity, its own needs, emotions and interests.
What is also an important, integral part of the Shelter is the very process of its development. When doing the research, the artists cooperated with the Park staff, including the guides, the rangers, and researchers into the history of the Tatras and into their wildlife. Numerous discussions and consultation have been held, followed by walking the mountain routes. This exhibition shows the final result of that process, covering months of dialogue and mutual inspiration.
Festival Centre 1
ul. Tymienieckiego 3 Łódź
10.10 – 19.10, 10:00-19:00