Group Show at BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery.

Artists: Archives of Public Protests, Iván Argote, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Rufina Bazlova, Boris
Charmatz & César Vayssié, Zuzanna Czebatul, Bogomir Doringer, Robert Getso, Anton Stoianov, Frédéric Gies, Jonathan Glazer & Mica Levi, Jakub Gliński & daisy cutter, Igor Grubić, Roman Himey & Yarema Malashchuk, Zhang Huan, Steffani Jemison, Anna Jermolaewa, Agata Kalinowska, Consortium for Post-Artistic Practices, Chris Korda & Church of Euthanasia, Daniel Kotowski, Firenze Lai, Nils Amadeus Lange, Las Tesis collective, Kanas Liu & Sam Tsang, Ania Nowak, Naja Orashvili & Giorgi Kikonishvili / BASSIANI, Stepan Polivanov, Luiz Roque, Paweł Sakowicz, Anne de Vries, Romily Alice Walden, Marta Ziółek and Marta Czyż, Marianka Dobkowska, Magda Drągowska, Michał Frydrych, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Mateusz Kowalczyk, Yulia Krivich, Julia Minasiewicz, Jan Możdżyński, Kuba Rudziński, Weronika Zalewska, Paweł Żukowski.

Title: Three’s a Crowd. An Exhibition of out of Sth VI. Space Absorbency

Venue: BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery

Curators: Michał Grzegorzek, Anka Herbut, Gregor Różański

Light design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski

Curators of Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH. Space Absorbency: Hubert Kielan, Joanna Stembalska

Curator of the International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH: Joanna Stembalska

Photo: Alicja Kielan. All images copyright and courtesy of the artists and BWA Wrocław


The THREE’S A CROWD exhibition covers areas ranging from Hong Kong to Slavic vixa parties. It looks at modern-day streets and dance floors, examining how – through their physical presence in the public space – bodies create temporary communities, how they transform the old reality and create new conditions. And how many people does it take to make a crowd. The autonomous, affect-driven and confusing social body is a dynamic 19th-century construct that stands in opposition to the concepts of capitalist productivity, rationalism, and social order. It is more of a manifestation of social disorder: crowd as a horde, the crowd as a swarm. But it happens that three is already a crowd. The club culture remembers cases of criminalizing the rhythmic movement of at least three people dancing to the music based on repetitive beats. We also remember this pandemic year’s spring and autumn events, when the hearts of the Polish police beat faster at the sight of crowds of three and five people. Bodies always function in relation to other bodies. To have no body is to be nobody. Bodies shape social life in the public space through movement and stillness, gathering and distraction. Also by absence. Regardless of whether it is a grassroots form of bodily (dis)organization, self-choreographed protests, improvised social dances, artistic, activist or artivist actions, bodies become a field of social and political struggle. Together and apart.

6th International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH. Space Absorbency

The International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH is a project of cyclical presentations of practices referring to urban space and covering activities which often fail to be assimilated by critical artistic discourse. The 6th edition is devoted to analysing the city as a special urban-social case using patterns of spatial human behaviours in social interaction. We will be looking at spatial contexts, urban enclaves, self-organized flashpoints on the city map, tendencies in grassroots and civic shaping of public space – all collectively responsible for the organization of the city.

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