The artistic intervention “Osiedle Młodych” [“The Youth Quarter”] was a response to the celebrations of the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland and the present socio-political situation in Poland and in Europe. In contrast to the celebrations focused on commemorating the past, we tried to ask questions about our future. Young artists and theoreticians who were invited to take part in the exhibition worked in the space of a typical “millennium school” [trans. the so-called millennium schools were built in the 1950s or 60s; their construction was to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Polish state] – the building of Zespół Szkół Mistrzostwa Sportowego on Osiedle Tysiąclecia in Poznań.
Fifty per cent of the word PRZYSZŁOŚĆ [Eng. FUTURE] is ZŁOŚĆ [Eng. ANGER] as one of the works by Michał Loba tells us directly. The fear of an insecure future and the sense of burnout of the former social models is a common experience of young generations not only in Europe. The refugee crisis, terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, nationalist tendencies gaining momentum or Brexit show that Europe not so much as experiences its most serious crisis, but that its most significant foundations are falling apart. ANGER that the only real options are nationalism, compromised liberal democracy or a move away from politics.
Artists: Agata Baumgart, Jędrek Filuś, Michał Loba, Dorota Michalska, Mikołaj Smykowski, Mikołaj Szymkowiak
Curator: Andrzej Pakuła
23-25 IX 2016, Zespół Szkół Mistrzostwa Sportowego on Osiedle Tysiąclecia in Poznań