Małopolski Ogród Sztuki
November 29 – December 17
Opening on November 29 – 7pm
Curators: Marta Jonville, Tomas Matauko & Piotr Sikora
The experimental laboratory Mechanisms for an entente has been installed in Krakow for one year during which artists and researchers from 5 different were invited in a residency program to discover the issues of the project and define a research field within its process. Then, we all participated to an itinerant train experience where Central-East Europe was crossed from Bucharest to Warsaw through Cluj, Budapest, Kosice, Plavec and Krakow. This initiative analyses the issues of the European condition and is an attempt to reconnect the train line “Silesia Cracoviana Karpathy” which connected Warsaw to Bucharest throughout nearly all 20th Century, since the interwar period until 2010, when the remains of the train line were definitively suppressed for economical reasons.
PointBarre and MOS present you one chapter from the restitution of the experience Mechanisms for an entente. On this occasion the exhibition will show different stages of the train experience, different works of its participants and a documentary film. It is the second phase of a series of exhibitions that will take place in Budapest, Krakow, Kosice, and Bordeaux.
“The line is flexing and bending. It is breaking through the terrain, it is falling into the soil, crossing forests, fields and rivers. Finally reaches its end, and designates a route which will connect cities, countries and cultures. Over Central and Eastern Europe appears the promise of an entente. An entente that will remain negotiable.
The project Mechanisms for an Entente was hosted at Małopolska Garden of Art for five months. During that time we have seen several art events, lectures, performances and film screenings. This project was sort
of a test for the newly created cultural institution. Mechanisms for an Entente was also a novelty in the city of Krakow, introducing international and transcultural quality in polish art world.
We have gotten to the end of the project – the exhibition that summarizes the work of the Open Studio and two months of travel from Bucharest to Warsaw. It is difficult to point out the actual goal. The road behind also melts away and blurs in afterimages. The project comes to an end, the line bends and returns to the designated route, and a promise of an entente that has been given remains.”
We walked. Yes, we walked.
We joined the myriad of stories that carried de train line Silesia Cracoviana Karpathy connecting Bucharest to Warsaw during nearly a whole century.
We travelled for two months in trains, from city to city, across Central-East Europe, accompanied by stories of reunions, breakaways, migrations, black markets, common territories, fundamental changes. We brought with us the desire of thousands of people that knew this train line, from which remain essentially souvenirs of happiness and regrets.
All this against the blind pragmatic efficiency, all this to give back a place to the lived lives and to disappeared times. That’s right, this train line doesn’t exist anymore. The path has been cut between Poland and Slovakia, and the train line suppressed for economical reasons.
Thirty-seven people, from different countries, different generations and even different interests confronted the complexity of the European Condition all along this experience to recognise a common desire.
What you can see here is the articulation of an ensemble of convictions. It’s born by our conviction: artistic processes can create concrete facts within the society. It has been extended by the convictions of the partners believing that the creation of affective and professional links is the key for a sustainable construction. In the end, it has been given a concrete expression by the conviction of the participants, for whom the individual is essential for any common construction.
The exhibition in MOS is the second step of a series of four exhibitions in Budapest, Krakow, Košice and Bordeaux. It traces back the experience of this crossing of Central-East Europe by a choice of artworks that compose a path across the reconnection issues approached symbolically, metaphysically, concretely, contextually or factually.
Marta Jonville & Tomas Matauko
Agata Dutkowska, PL, Sociologist, Alexis Emery-Dufoug, FR, Artist, Beáta Kolbašovská, SK, Artist, Cristina David, RO, Artist, Agathe & Frédéric Desmesure, FR, Architect & Photographer, Edyta MĄSIOR, PL, Artist, Guillaume du Boisbaudry, FR, Philosopher, Jan Sowa, PL, Sociologist, Jarosław Wójtowicz, PL, Artist, Joanna Bednarczyk, PL, Artist, Judit Kurtág, HU, Artist, Julie Chovin, FR, Grafic designer, Jakub Pišek, SK, Artist, László Milutinovits, HU, Historian, Lujza Magova, SK, Artist, Łukasz Jastrubczak, PL, Artist, Małgorzata M. Dudek, PL, Artist, Marek Mardosewicz, PL, Poet, Marta Jonville, FR, Artist, Mathieu Lericq, FR, Movie curator, Nils Clouzeau, FR, Artist
Palce Lizać, PL, Architect, Paul Maquaire, FR, Artist, Roman Dziadkiewicz, PL, Artist, Seydou Grépinet, FR, Videast, Simon Quéheillard, FR, Artist, Thomas Desmaison, FR,Sociologist, Tomas Matauko, FR, Artist, Valérie de Saint-Do, FR, Journalist /writter, Sylvestre Leservoisier, FR, Poet