Lepsze Jutro – The Better Tomorrow – this is the name of one of the allotment colonies in the Wrocław district of Ołbin, which is currently under threat from investors due to its attractive urban location. In 2018, an exhibition with the same title dealt with the history of urban allotment gardens but also with urban gardening, which is becoming increasingly popular among the younger generation, it also covered the social and inclusive potential of urban gardens.
Among the invited artists was the photographer Aleksandra Nowysz with her cycle on the lush plant life and vernacular architecture of urban garden culture as observed by the artist from her window in her apartment in Ołbin. About the idea underlying her project, she wrote at that time: “Imagine the structure of our cities, interwoven with nature, which provides you with nourishment and lets you breathe deeply – and of which you are a part. This is what the better tomorrow could look like”.
The pandemic and its accompanying new reality of 2020/21 turned the previous order of things upside down – people who could use their own little piece of nature were suddenly privileged. In a situation of persistent social distance, contact with the living green of nature became one of the most urgent human needs.
This year’s edition of the project Lepsze Jutro – The Better Tomorrow picks up on current global events and puts our personal experiences in and with them in focus. As part of the exhibition project planned and implemented online, we are presenting works by artists from Berlin and Wrocław: Aleksandra Nowysz and Lukas Hoffmann from the field of visual arts, and Silke Lange and Hubert Kostkiewicz, who are artistically at home in the world of sound. The images, captured in the fixed frame of the lens, were accompanied by specially composed sound installations.
The photographs by Aleksandra Nowysz and Lukas Hoffmann show an indissoluble fabric – man-made objects and independently grown works of nature. As Oskar Wilde said, “If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture”.
And although we try to make it our own and subordinate it, it usually finds a way to compensate for the loss it has suffered in other means. Silke Lange’s and Hubert Kostkiewicz’s sounds spring from very different worlds and techniques and yet seem to reproduce in a similarly subtle way what eludes us at first sight. The organic sounds of Silke Lange’s accordion evoke images of the primal human need to be close to nature, and Hubert Kostkiewicz’s collected acoustic fragments allow us to experience nature in the jungle of urban hurdles that nature seems to overcome effortlessly.
The concept of the exhibition project, created in cooperation between Convivium Berlin e.V. and BWA Wrocław, is a response to the conditions in which art and culture as well as their makers are currently moving. It also resonates with the hope of being able to draw conclusions from the experiences we have made together.
The pandemic has a direct connection to our behaviour, the actions of humanity on earth: like for example factory farming or the climate crisis. So we hope that these insights will have an impact on our future actions and finding sustainable ways out of these dilemmas in order to be able to bring about the better tomorrow together.
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The exhibition Lepsze Jutro – Das bessere Morgen was created in January 2021 as a result of the collaboration between Convivium Berlin e.V. and BWA Wrocław Galleries of Contemporary Art within the framework of the 4th Berlin_forum culture_Wrocław – with the support and funding from the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.
Artists: Aleksandra Nowysz, Hubert Kostkiewicz, Lukas Hoffmann, Silke Lange (Music)
Curator: Joanna Stembalska and Joanna Kobyłt (in cooperation with Maciej Bujko)