The fifth edition of the OUT OF STH Biennale is devoted to the latest trends in visual arts in the context of public space, to art as a tool of social dialogue and part of the new narration for the city.
Formulating the event’s raison d’etre, we defined relationships between contemporary art and areas which are currently in the process of becoming its part. Initially, we were driven by the dissident activities of anti-system creators of illegal graffiti (OUT OF STH. External Artists), then inspired by the need to reconcile the better/worse divisions (OUT OF STH presents / Breaking The Wall), and finally – tempted by mediating between various alternative views of city policies (OUT OF STH vol. 3 and 4).
The main theme of this year’s Biennale is acknowledging the marginality of the avant-garde discourse in a broadened field of art, at the same time enhancing the extra-institutional interception of strategies of contemporary art as a means of emancipating marginalised groups, creating conditions for a more real perception of individuals and replacing the patronizing help with solidarity; building social and existential communities by means of art. This edition is therefore different from the previous ones in that it reverses the relationship between the institution and the extra-institution sector. It is not meant to be a curatorial show but a possibly broad “congress” of city powers, a result of long-cherished acquaintances and permeation of social groups, once a characteristic feature of Wrocław’s counter-culture. The activity connecting several important local communities results from the observed crisis of the exhibition format and its social isolation as a formula commodifying modern art.
Looking for a word which would serve as the right title, we came up with the term OCCUPATION. It was used by the legendary Kaman (Krzysztof Kłosowicz: #Mikimauzoleum, #lataosiemdziesiate, #Kontrkultura) in reference to his own artistic quest in the 1980s. He said: We were looking for some OCCUPATION then. One which would be more awesome than other people’s occupations.
The unpretentious term OCCUPATION, normally used in reference to people’s free-time activity, changes the perspective when transferred to social functions. Occupation becomes a realm of freedom, and art – an unceremonious act of self-definition which requires no authorization. Back in the times of political, social and economic crisis, it finally led to transformation. Today, it can also have an empowering effect. It may ascertain the value of every individual beyond the determinants of all-powerful parametrization, give a sense of meaning and bring a smile to people’s faces, as proved by the participants of this year’s Out of Sth, each in their own way.
OCCUPATION also means finding a place for yourself and taking care of the space around you. Still remembered vividly by many inhabitants of Wrocław, the squat and self-publishing activities with their culture-forming dimension, recently included in our BWA Studio exhibition Social Archive, were seeds of today’s initiatives and city undertakings which not only selflessly build relationships in closest neighbourhoods, supporting rejected or marginalized groups, but also – and above all – create a common space around them, giving everyone a chance to experience something unusual. Something awesome.
Participants: Galeria Sztuki ArtBrut i Pracownia Aktywizacji Społecznej i Kulturalnej (Agnieszka Chojnacka, Jacek Zachodny i zaproszeni artyści galerii: Darek Dera, Joanna Golachowska, Marcin Guźla, Piotr Jeruzel, Agnieszka Kołodziejczyk, Jacek Kröle, Kamil Łyjak, Paweł Marcinek, Marta Nawojczyk, Andrzej Niedźwiecki, Bartosz Runiewski, Piotr Rymko, Daniel Stachowski, Wanda Sidorowicz, Krzysztof Tarnowski, Mateusz Tatarczyk, Maciej Tryniszewski, Elwira Zacharska, Mateusz Ziomek),Karolina Balcer, zespół BWA Wrocław (Paweł Jarodzki, Tomasz Koczoń, Anna Mituś, Monika Muszyńska,Michał Perucki, Klementyna Sęga, Joanna Stembalska, Patrycja Ścisłowska, Dominika Drozdowska, Joanna Kobyłt, Daniel Wiśniewski), Karolina Freino, GRAS – Grupa Robocza Archiwum Społecznego (Piotr Antoniewicz, Ewa Głowacka, Marzen Lizurej, Dominika Łabądź, Zośka Reznik, Marta Trawinska, konsultant gry: Rafał Wysiński), Grzegorz Łoznikow, Hubert Kostkiewicz, Paweł Marcinek, MiserArt – strefa kreatywna w labiryncie wykluczenia Fundacja Homo Sacer & Towarzystwo Pomocy im. św. Brata Alberta Koło Wrocławskie (Zespół projektowy: Miriam Klara Ptak, Beata Katarzyna Ptak, Marek Ruszkiewicz, Agnieszka Wierzbicka, Andrzej Ptak, Magdalena Zaręba, Inez Kurzacz; zespół twórców: Radosław Bajsarowicz, Wiesław Plesiński, Olaf Rzeczkowski, Sebastian Adamczyk, Romuald Kazus, Mirosław Majewski, Radosław Nowakowski, Jarosław Kustra, Marek Olejnik, Mariusz Wandycz, Adam Ryba, Stanisław Konik, Wiktor Glegoła, Krzysztof Bazal, Bolesław Bazal, Mirosław Talaga, Mieczysław Borys, Stefan Królewicz, Paraperformance (Dominika Borkowska, Kamila Wolszczak), Grupa Projektor (Paweł Borkowski, Joanna Jopkiewicz), Stowarzyszenie Akcja Miasto (Robert Gacek), SUWaczek, czyli Samonośne Uniwersalne Wystawy tworzone przez dzieci (Kamila Wolszczak), Warstwy (Adam Martyniak, Michał Mejnartowicz, Karolina Włodek), Szymon Wojtyła,Wykwit i Wytwórnia Wykwitex (Karolina Balcer, Janusz Czyżewicz, Jagoda Dobecka, Miłosz Flis, Kasper Minciel, Martyna Muth, Iwona Ogrodzka, Irmina Rusicka, Anita Welter), V Zlot Młodych Badaczy Kultury (Michał Kasprzak, Anna Kokocińska, Zofia Reznik, Małgorzata Rzerzycha Myśliwy, Joanna Tomaszewska, Agnieszka Wieszaczewska), Jacek Zachodny.