Polish folklore is the core of the project Polklore. Eight young Polish artists are invited to present their perspectives on folklore and Polish culture in the form of actions and interventions in public places in Stuttgart.
Flying gallery szu szu will take their (auto)mobile gallery into Stuttgart’s city center to exhibit their works inspired by folk artist Baj-Maj. Malgorzata Markiewicz will go into a shopping street to exhibit her self-made skirts, that are embroidered with quotes from Polish folk songs. The group Twozywo interprets folklore regarding questions of national identity. Their self-made large- and small-scale posters will be put up in Stuttgart’s city center. Musicians Wojt3k Kucharczyk and Deuce turn traditional folklore music into experimental e-pop – the so-called “Polklore”.
The variety of concepts and formats represent the recent reinterpretations of folklore: in fashion, in pop music and in discourses on cultural and national identity. In that sense, the continuation of traditional ways presentation is very important. Actions take place outside of established art spaces, posters and clothing are self-made and projects are organized by collaborative groups.
The project is embedded in the German-Polish Year 2005/2006.
The project Polklore is an initiative by A:moK; Aktion mittel- und osteuropäische Kunst e.V. Berlin. It is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung, Kulturministerium der Republik Polen, Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg, Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Honorarkonsulat der Republik Polen für Baden-Württemberg and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
Organized by Kaja Pawelek, art historian and art critic; cultural manager in the program „Kulturmanager aus Mittel- und Osteuropa” by Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart. Assistance: Kasha Bittner, art historian, Berlin.