FROM EAST TO WEST WITH LOVE
A curatorial project exploring implications of European migrations.
February – October 2016, Coventry, UK – Lodz, PL
FETWWL was a platform for one-off events, exhibition, discussion groups, film screenings as well as an open forum. In collaboration with Kalejdoskop East – West we have created an open call for short films responding to the concepts of Fusion, Collision, Translation, Adaptation and Transition. A selection of films will have been screened at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, as well as at Kino Bodo in Łódź, Poland.
The East-West Open Forum delivered in conjunction with FACETS talks (Coventry Univeristy) created an opportunity for the local cultural community to learn, engage, question and identify with the current changes in culture and the opportunities that Eastern and Western European mobility provides for the
cultural and creative industries.
Our Artist Residency was undertaken by aPolish artist, Pawel Hajncel who is one of the most radical, subversive and uncompromising artists in Poland. His public interventions are often the cause of national debates, as well as debates across all platforms including social media. In his performances he comments on political, religious and social affairs. On 28th September at The Glass Box Gallery he has delivered a performance titled ‘Patriotism for Sale’, which responded to the attitudes of Poles and other migrants working and living in the UK.
Through this intervention we aimed to transform the exhibition space The Glass Box Gallery into an intersection of East and West, where the audience can experience and engage with the realities (both current and potential) of this interconnection. The two sides strived to highlight their identities in a current political climate of flux and uncertainty. The reality of a huge East-West demographic coming together
Directors: Emilia Moniszko, Rob Hamp
Artist Residency: Pawel Hajncel
Participating Artists: Ada Rączka, Adam Knight, Andrea Hannon, Anna Katarzyna, Domejko, Arijana Lekić-Fridrih, Cristiana Ilie, Duygu Nazli Akova, Emiliano Zucchini & Paolo Tarsi, Eri Kassnel, Francois Knoetze, Gilsuk Ko, Issa, Issa Jacek Doroszenko, Kate Hawkins, Juliette Liautaud, Michał Brzeziński, Milan Zulic, Matthew Springer, Mohsen Zare, Olga Guse, Patt & Willy, Sandrine Deumier, Stephan Gross, Marcin Szymczak and Alan Van Wijgerden
Guest Speakers: Karolina Korupczynska, Paulina Palian, Roma Piotrowska, Geoff Willcocks
More information: https://fetwwl.wordpress.com/
All photography by Marcn Szymczak