Five years after her first solo show, we welcome Kalina Bańka again to SiC! BWA Wrocław gallery!
For several years the glass artist was preparing her doctorate, a degree she finally received in 2020. Looking at the present day, she deals with the important and very topical issue of emptiness. Or perhaps with its lack?
The emptiness refers to social and economic phenomena – excessive consumerism, the universal problem of information overflow and need for accumulation.
The issue of compulsive accumulation, or pathological hoarding, scientifically known as syllogomania, is the main narrative axis of Kalina Bańka’s upcoming exhibition Everything Will Come in Handy. It will be a story of an endless number of collected objects, ephemeral matter of the physical world and psychosocial instability.
Moving smoothly from commenting on the current global reality to private narration, the artist ventures to carry out a very private and sentimental project. Kalina’s grandmother is its main protagonist, as well as the deep, bittersweet relationship with her, resulting from the aforementioned condition – compulsive hoarding. The artist’s guide in her childhood and adolescence, who introduced her to the world of nature, carelessness and sense of here and now, so desirable today, stimulates her to analyse her creative process, make an attempt to restrain the accumulation of thoughts, artistic strategies and currently employed forms of expression.
However, every change is a process requiring time and determination. Old habits die hard, they are often compulsive and addictive. The artist’s long-established creative process has been subjected to experimentation. The results will soon be seen at Wrocław’s SIC! BWA gallery.
Curator: Mika Drozdowska
Kalina Bańka – born in 1989 in Dąbrowa Górnicza. She graduated of Faculty of Ceramisc and Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Acaemy of Art and Design. Studied in the Studio of Architectural Glass Design led by Ph.D. Ryszard Więckowski and I Studio of Glass Design led by Prof. Kazimierz Pawlak. In 2013 she obtained her master degree with honors and since that time has been an assistent at Studio of Architectural Glass Design and Studio of Basic Stained Glass Design conducted by Ph.D. Ryszard Więckowski. During her studies she has received, among others, scholarship of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, scholarship of Mayor of City of Wrocław and City Of Dąbrowa Górnicza as well as scholarschip of Ministery of Science and Higher Education. She realized three individual exhibitions and participated in numerous of group exhibition at home and abroad. Has won several competitions, both national and international in the field of glass, design, graphics and painting. Artistic actions of Kalina Bańka mainly teeter on the border of glass design, graphics and painting.