A day through half-closed eyes

 

A day away in the city… daydreaming in the parks, walking in the sunlight and hiding inside the dark exhibition rooms at Bunkier Sztuki… A very soothing day. A moment when I decided to let go of all the stress and anxieties from the past week and became “half conscious” and pleasantly tired. At the end of our long sunny walk we went to see Rondo znaczy kolo – Anna Zaradny exhibition.

Throughout the whole day I felt sleepy and dreamy. I was looking at the sky, the shadows in the streets and the colourful leaves. Being busy all the time and then suddenly stopping and observing the world around feels odd and nostalgic – like looking at an old and faded family photograph. Then we got to the exhibition and suddenly I felt like I went back to my mother’s womb. It was a very sensual experience. It was very abstract – I could not pin it down to anything familiar or anything I know I can control. The exhibition rooms were very spatial, mostly filled with darkness and some light streams coming through a big mandala on the wall. In a strange way I felt very safe. People could not really see each other and we were surrounded by otherworldly and comforting sounds coming out of tiny speakers hung on a big wheel in the ceiling… We were in a rush but just before we left we went in the last room and got surprised by gorgeous sunlight filling the gallery space. In the beginning I was not sure what was actually part of the exhibition because the natural light and the artwork fit together beautifully and became one composition…

The black and white colours and sharp sounds were raw, repetitive and almost cosmic. My favourite part was the chalk drawing with the pieces of the material left on a rectangular box. The intense hand drawn lines and the chalk leftovers gave me a sense of strength and fragility at the same time…

 

 

 

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