This year, the exhibition of the 9th Best Media Arts Graduation Projects Competition returns to Studio BWA Wrocław. The aim of the project is to share the experience of this field of study at public art academies in Krakow, Warsaw, Szczecin, Łódź, Katowice, Poznań, Gdańsk and Wrocław, as well as to promote female and male graduates. This year’s exhibition will be titled Mycorrhiza.
Mycorrhiza in nature are mycelial hyphae that live in symbiosis with plant roots and increase the resistance of plants to disease. This process can be understood as both a communication strategy and a survival model – a symbiosis relationship between the faunal and fungi worlds.
on the one hand, the title refers to the narrative of the Competition, at the heart of which is a model of contest. By building the exhibition and the relationships between the participants in the exhibition in the context of their works, we seek to highlight the nature of cohabitation and collaboration in one space. On the other hand, the fungal component is evident in the works presented in the exhibition.
Cezary Wicher, curator of Mycorrhiza.
In Studio BWA Wrocław, we present realisations that refer to conceptualism (Klaudia Kasperska and Oleksandr Goliuk), which, despite digital technology, stand in opposition to the new-media tradition. These are installations clearly inspired by biomorphic systems. Dreamy and psychedelic video realisations (Jan Kowal, Piotr Michalski and Franek Warzywa) are presented amidst a writhing and twisted mycelium structure in which ‘unidentified drawing objects’ (Sonia Kujawa) circulate. In all of this, the glue of mycorrhiza’s fungal structure is the ways of understanding and experiencing the world, and the story of the calibration of our senses and the limitations of perception (Małgorzata Wrońska, Kacper Krajewski).
Orginisers: The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, WRO Art Center and BWA Wrocław Contemporary Art Galleries
Artists: Oleksandr Holiuk, Kacper Krajewski, Klaudia Kasperska, Jan Kowal, Sonia Kujawa, Piotr Michalski, Franek Warzywa, Małgorzata Wrońska
Partners: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu, Centrum Sztuki WRO, BWA Wrocław Galerie Sztuki Współczesnej Współorganizatorzy: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Katowicach, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Władysława Strzemińskiego w Łodzi, Uniwersytet Artystyczny im. Magdaleny Abakanowicz w Poznaniu, Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie, Contemporary Lynx
Media patronage: Pismo Artystyczne Format, Magazyn SZUM, Wrocławski Instytut Kultury
Honorary patronage: Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Co-financed by the Municipality of Wrocław.