Events accompanying the exhibition “Presence/ Absence/ Traces. Contemporary Artists on Jewish Warsaw”

Obecność/ Brak/ Ślady. Współcześni artyści o żydowskiej Warszawie
fot. Noa Shadur i Konrad Smoleński, Field Survey, 2015. Kadr z filmu

12 March 2016 /Saturday/ 
12 noon - 7 PM – Updating History, Experiment, Participation seminar

During the seminar, in reference to the works exhibited at Presence/Absence/Traces, we will consider the potential of artistic residencies and the projects carried out as their integral part. Our analysis will encompass the methods in which the artistic practices under discussion update history, the role artistic experiments play in history museums and the opportunities and pitfalls of participation art.

We encourage all participants to visit the exhibition before the seminar.

Program of the seminar:

12 noon - 2.30 PM  – 3 parallel sessions in English

  • Session 1. Presence
    Dedicated to Jewish identity and autobiographical themes, conducted by Jasmine Bakalarz and Itay Ziv.
  • Session 2. Absence
    Dedicated to artistic strategies used for working with urban tissue, conducted by the CENTRALA design group (Simone De Iacobis and Małgorzata Kuciewicz).
  • Session 3. Traces
    Dedicated to the practices of recovery/reinterpretation of Jewish heritage in local context, conducted by Tamara Moyzes and Shlomi Yaffe.

2.30 PM – 4 PM – lunch break

4 PM – 4.45 PM – Updating History, Experiment, Participation – commentary to the exhibition catalogue and the residence program. Open lecture by Paweł Możdżyński (Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw), in Polish interpreted into English.

5 PM – 6.45 PM – Updating History, Experiment, Participation – panel discussion with the participation of the curators of the exhibition, Ewa Chomicka and Agnieszka Pindera, and invited experts: Iwona Kurz (Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw), Adam Lipszyc (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Joanna Ostrowska (Gender Studies, University of Warsaw), conducted by Bogna Świątkowska, in Polish interpreted into English

13 March 2016 /Sunday/ 

12 noon and 3 PM – curator’s introduction to the exhibition

13 March, 1.30 PM – The Muranów Lily – an audio walk

An audio walking tour, inspired by the short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer entitled Two, tells a story of a boy who wished he had been a girl, and also of a painting depicting a legendary flower which had disappeared from the museum collection. The author of  The Muranów Lily is Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, the artist-in-residence; the sound is provided by the POLIN Choir.

13 March, 6 PM – premiere of the film Field Survey

Premiere of the film by Konrad Smoleński and Noa Shadur with the authors' commentary. By referring to the archival documentation on crime scenes in Warsaw, the film is a universal piece on acts of violence inherent in the urban tissue. Only the film's soundtrack is presented at the exhibition.

Sharon Lockhart's residence which accompanies the exhibition

8-28 March 2016

As part of her creative residency in Warsaw, the American artist will be carrying out a project with cooperation of the residents of the Social Therapy Centre for the Youth in Rudzienko. The project will refer to the pedagogy-related writings and working methods of Janusz Korczak.

Open meeting under this residency will take place on:

  • 20 March 2016, at 5 PM – performance prepared together with the residents of the Social Therapy Centre for the Youth in Rudzienko
  • 20 March 2016, at 6 PM – meeting with the artist headed by the curator Szymon Maliborski (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw), in English

Curator's introduction to the exhibition (in Polish)

19 and 30 March, 6 and 16 April, at 6 PM


  • For closed seminary sessions Updating History, Experiment, Participation, reservations must be made via [email protected].
  • For the audio walk and the curator's introductions, reservations must be made via www.bilety.polin.pl.
  • Other events – free entry.

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The activity “Open Museum – Education in Action” is carried out within the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, component “Faces of Diversity”. Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


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