September 27-November 16
To many Varsovians the “Eastern Wall” is synonymous with three high-rise concrete buildings and several smaller ones, together forming a “wall” alongside ul. Marszałkowska in the heart of Warsaw, opposite the iconic Palace of Culture and Science. Built between 1962 and 1969, the buildings are examples of Soviet Realism in Poland.
Courtesy of BWA Warsaw
Agnieszka Kalinowska, the author of the “Eastern Wall” exhibition held in the BWA gallery in Warsaw, draws inspiration from the Polish reality of the 1960s and 1970s. Her pieces, made predominantly with paper, resemble industrial scrap or decorations made by unskilled industrial workers.
The exhibition attempts to portray the nature of social interactions characteristic of the Soviet era, where arbitrary rules collide with human imprecision and carelessness. The artist emphasizes the irregularities arising from human involvement which create cracks and anomalies in otherwise repetitive and mundane structures. One of the show’s pieces, called “Pattern,” resembles a haphazard wall ornament put together without much attention to detail or precision.
Some of the exhibits are displayed on hand-made tables, also a part of the exhibition, while others hang on the gallery walls, thus blurring the distinction between sculpture, painting and installation.
Agnieszka Kalinowska, a Poznań Academy of Fine Arts graduate, has had her exhibitions displayed in Warsaw, Vienna, Copenhagen and New York.
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