Exhibition from 23.07 till 21.11.2021
U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art Jazdów 2, 00-467 Warsaw, Poland
Everyday Forms of Resistance
23 July – 21 November 2021
Jumana Emil Abboud, Noor Abed, Ahmad Alakra, Mirna Bamieh, Wim Catrysse, Maja Demska, Forensic Architecture, Karolina Grzywnowicz, DAAR (Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti), Jumana Manna, Joanna Rajkowska, Studio lekko, Mohammad Saleh, umschichten, Marta Wódz, Jaśmina Wójcik
A return to nature, preparing meals together, cultivating histories – under occupation, almost every gesture can be a manifestation of strength that allows one to survive and preserve the meaning of life. The Everyday Forms of Resistance exhibition explores the survival strategies employed in the face of armed conflicts or ecological disasters where hitherto used approaches have failed.
The exhibition is the result of several years of work by Palestinian artists, as well as the outcome of artistic residences, travels, research, and work with local communities conducted by artists from Poland. It includes artworks by Jumana Emil Abboud, Ahmad Alakra, Mirna Bamieh, Wim Catrysse, the Forensic Architecture collective, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Sandi Hilal and Alessandra Petti from the DAAR collective, Jumana Manna, Joanna Rajkowska, Mahommad Saleh, Marta Wódz, and Jaśmina Wójcik.
Resistance is understood in terms of persistence, hospitality, and practices of memory, as well as everyday gestures and rituals: preparing meals, growing plants, singing, and rebuilding destroyed houses.
Events related, among others, to the creation of the state of Israel and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from territories of historic Palestine, had negative consequences for its many inhabitants. For example, basic human rights, such as owning a passport stating their nationality, and thus the right to travel or land have become a privilege. Access to water is rationed, and movement across the Palestinian territories is problematic.
The artists participating in the exhibition avoid political rhetoric and instead focus on nurturing memory and building Palestinian identity by referencing deep-rooted customs and traditions.
U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
The exhibition is held under the honorary patronage of
Palestinian State Embassy in Poland
The exhibition is financed with funds from
Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland
Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders and the Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
The art residency stays for the artists participating in the Everyday Forms of Resistance exhibition are carried out in cooperation
U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art with the City of Ramallah with the support of the Capital City of Warsaw, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Akademie Schloss Solitude
Aktivist, Dwójka, TVP Kultura