Catalog – 18. SURVIVAL Art Review

Summary of the past edition full of photos, descriptions and articles. WASTELAND – You can see now in the screen version.

Exceptionally, the 18th edition of the SURVIVAL Art Review took place in September. Its uniqueness also stemmed from the fact that it was held in a place that is normally inaccessible to the inhabitants of Wrocław – the City Port Pumping Station, despite being over a hundred years old, is still considered a strategically important facility and as such it is closed to strollers and urban explorers, who are therefore unable to appreciate its historical and architectural values. What added to the exceptionlity of this edition was the fact that SURVIVAL 18 took place during the coronavirus pandemic, between the first and second waves of infections, as one of just a handful of events that physically took place in Wrocław at that time. Despite the necessity to meet all the restrictions guaranteeing the visitors’ safety, which were often very complex, SURVIVAL could be held. It featured almost thirty works by artists from Poland and abroad, whose scope oscillated around issues connected with the motto, i.e. Wasteland. The exhibition was seen by five and a half thousand people.

As usual, the subject of the Review was inspired by the context of the venue in combination with current events, especially the afor mentioned coronavirus pandemic, which in a very short time changed the seemingly familiar world beyond recognition – locally and globally. The ubiquitous restrictions, obligatory facemasks, social distance, inaccessibility of what used to be considered basic services – all of this became the new normal, despite reactions ranging from doubts and questions to disbelief and indignation. Other elements of the new reality included: the migration of politics into the abysmal chaos of post-truth, the inefficiency of the health service, a sense of helplessness of individuals who, despite constant threats to health and life, were mostly left to themselves, unclear and constantly changing rules of behaviour, general misinformation. In a sense, the world had fractured into pieces, and one day it will have to be put together as a new whole.

Michał Bieniek
Director of SURVIVAL Art Review

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publishers of the catalogue:
Art Transparent Fundacja
Sztuki Współczesnej
ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 1/2,
50-069 Wrocław

Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im.
E. Gepperta we Wrocławiu
pl. Polski 3/4, 50-156 Wrocław

Ewa Pluta
Małgorzata Sobolewska
authors of texts:
Michał Bieniek, Piotr Jakub Fereński, Ewa Pluta, Magda Heydel, Daniel Brożek, Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Karolina Bieniek
Agnieszka Langer, Aleksandra Zoń
Karol Waniek
Łukasz Paluch, AnoMalia art studio
Małgorzata Kujda, Jerzy Wypych
image editing, print preparation:
Justyna Fedec

typeface used in the catalogue:
Janus, Univers Next
Artis Poligrafia, Toruń
© Art Transparent Fundacja Sztuki
Współczesnej 2020

isbn 978-83-940714-9-3
© Akademia Sztuk Pięknych
im. E. Gepperta we Wrocławiu 2020

isbn 978-83-66321-43-4
300 egz. | copies