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"It hurts when I laugh"
05.07.2019 - 14.09.2019
Martyna Czech, Leszek Knaflewski "We have nothing in common"
25.05.2019 - 30.06.2019
FOAF 2019: BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) + Kristina Kite (LA)
06.04.2019 - 11.05.2019
Witek Orski "I would prefer not to talk about this"
14.02.2019 - 30.03.2019
Between Salvation and Constitution
11.11.2018 - 05.01.2019
WGW 2018: Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Jan Dobkowski, Zuza Krajewska "Goddesses"
21.09.2018 - 27.10.2018
Jadwiga Sawicka "Protest Reflex"
23.06.2018 - 31.07.2018
Ewa Ciepielewska "Emotional Support Animals"
12.05.2018 - 16.06.2018
FOAF: Jiří Thýn, Piotr Makowski, Witek Orski, "Line"
07.04.2018 - 28.04.2018
Adam Adach "Demos and Demons"
03.03.2018 - 04.04.2018
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Heavy Water"
27.01.2018 - 28.02.2018
WGW 2017: Yann Gerstberger, Sławomir Pawszak, Hanna Rechowicz "The Uses of Enchantment"
22.09.2017 - 25.11.2017
WGW2017: WYKWITEX
22.09.2017 - 24.09.2017
"Living in a Material World" Paweł Dudziak, Adrian Kolerski, Michał Sroka, Eliasz Styrna, Katarzyna Szymkiewicz
02.09.2017 - 16.09.2017
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Stretching of Concepts"
27.05.2017 - 29.07.2017
Ruben Montini "One Person Protest"
27.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
Wielka 19 Gallery
04.03.2017 - 06.05.2017
THE DYNAMICS OF DECLINE
28.01.2017 - 25.02.2017
Witek Orski & Maria Toboła "Spinning sex"
17.12.2016 - 14.01.2017
WGW 2016: Karol Radziszewski "Ali"
23.09.2016 - 19.11.2016
Small Sculptural Forms
19.06.2016 - 10.09.2016
Sławomir Pawszak "Heat"
12.03.2016 - 28.05.2016
Krzysztof Maniak "Snow Is What Comes To Mind" BWA Warszawa
06.02.2016 - 05.03.2016
Lada Nakonechna, Zhanna Kadyrova "Experiments"
05.12.2015 - 30.01.2016
WGW 2015: Ewa Axelrad "Minimum, Necessary, Objectively Reasonable"
25.09.2015 - 21.11.2015
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Postproduction"
26.06.2015 - 12.09.2015
Joanna Janiak, Piotr C. Kowalski "The Nature of Things"
25.04.2015 - 13.06.2015
Iza Tarasewicz "Reverse Logistics"
14.02.2015 - 19.04.2015
Karol Radziszewski "In the Shadow of the Flame"
29.11.2014 - 04.02.2015
WGW: Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Nicolas Grospierre "A Glass Shard in the Eye"
26.09.2014 - 22.11.2014
Jadwiga Sawicka "Fragments of Stories"
24.05.2014 - 24.07.2014
Jakub Woynarowski "Saturnia Regna"
15.03.2014 - 17.05.2014
Sławomir Pawszak „Cannabis, whisky, ananas”
11.01.2014 - 08.03.2014
The Gardens. Laura Kaminskaite, Augustas Serapinas
23.11.2013 - 19.12.2013
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Eastern Wall"
27.09.2013 - 16.11.2013
Zuza Krajewska "Solstice"
29.06.2013 - 14.09.2013
WITHERED, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
21.06.2013 - 15.08.2013
LITTLE WARSAW "Enter"
25.04.2013 - 21.06.2013
“Warsaw: The Day After..." Vartai Gallery, Vilnius
11.04.2013 - 11.05.2013
Self-Organization, vol.2: New Roman
23.03.2013 - 20.04.2013
Ewa Axelrad "Warm Leatherette"
26.01.2013 - 20.03.2013
Self-Organization, vol. 1. Certainty
05.01.2013 - 19.01.2013
Ziemilski / Marriott / The End of the World
21.12.2012 - 21.12.2012
Kama Sokolnicka "Rusty elements of our garden"
28.09.2012 - 30.11.2012
"ALPHAVILLE" Griffin Artspace, Warsaw
28.09.2012 - 30.12.2012
Krystian TRUTH Czaplicki "The Changeling"
21.07.2012 - 09.08.2012
Adam Adach "Reprezentacja"
21.04.2012 - 07.07.2012
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz, Przemek Dzienis "Sub Pop"
25.02.2012 - 14.04.2012
Nicolas Grospierre "The Bank"
03.12.2011 - 11.02.2012
Tribute To Fangor
05.11.2011 - 20.11.2011
"New Order", Art Stations, Poznań
29.09.2011 - 09.02.2012
Wojtek Ziemilski "New Order" performance
23.09.2011 - 24.09.2011
Agnieszka Kalinowska „Extinguished Neon Signs”
10.09.2011 - 30.10.2011
Jarosław Fliciński "Nobody Knows That For Sure"
25.06.2011 - 28.08.2011
THE OPENING "Plundering the Ruins of Reality"
07.05.2011 - 11.06.2011

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Krzysztof Maniak "Snow Is What Comes To Mind"

Krzysztof Maniak is a figure one might refer to, at the very least, as atypical. He gained the attention of curators quite early on, when he was still a student, and his work was included in the most important survey of Polish Art over the past few years - an exhibition titled "As You Can See: Polish Art Today" at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Last year he was named the winner of the Hestia Artistic Voyage competition. Rather than take full advantage of the doors that were suddenly opened up to him, he opted to return to his hometown of Tuchowa. Maniak can't function any other way; his impetus for artistic work is the fruit of direct, continuous contact with the natural world. During his last year of studies at Krakow's Academy of Fine Arts, he turned down an apartment in the city in favor of commuting one a week for classes. When he traveled to New York as part of the Hestia grant, instead of finding inspiration in the city's skyscrapers, he scrambled among the bushes of central park. Maniak displays disarming sincerity when he says that he values the peace of the forest of his hometown more than the artists' salon, and prefers walking among the trees and the feel of bark at his fingertips to conversations with curators. Anyone seeing Maniak's work for the first time might think that it's based on a highly calculated strategy fixed to win him recognition as an outsider. Others might deem it naïve. Can a grown man with a university education really just want to cuddle a rose bush? Does he really film himself getting cozy with a patch of blueberries? As spectators in the realm of contemporary art, our eyes and minds are governed by the Cartesian principles we've inherited and we demonstrate an air of skepticism towards everything we see. There's very little romance within us, little faith in authentic human emotion. We've also endowed the artist with the role of an analyst of sorts, a sociologist, rather than a poet. Instead of reading poetry ourselves, we read the news and dwell on political polemics. The art of Krzysztof Maniak sets a local vision above the global. He's interested in the here and now: the grass blowing in the wind, the varied effects of natural light on the color of objects around us, the shape and texture of rocks. Works in the "Snow Is What Comes to Mind" series are predominantly self-portraits created within the context of nature. They are reflections of the artist's interventions, presented in a very direct manner. Krzysztof Maniak is not only focused on the image. The verbal layer also holds significance, and how we relay our visual impressions into words. The effect of his foray into the landscape comes in the form of photographs and video recordings, accompanied by pithy, poetic sentiments reminiscent of haiku.

We simply turn back when something comes to an end. In reverse, a fragment of the landscape in the rear-view mirror. A sharp terrain, wheels spinning, grinding, the futile, oval movement of thebody.

We set out at the end of a winter day. A violet sky, gray, flat snow in the ditch, there isn't even a couple of square centimeters of clean surface. A shining, stick-to-your-shoes path. Everything shuttered. The last of the sun's nudges on tree trunks along the road. We won't arrive until late in the evening.

We drive through a bigger city, ushered in with billboards and advertisements.

It begins with those small, random signs put up beside private homes, then bigger and bigger until we come to the giants a few hundred meters outside the center.

The blackness of the road, the blackness of the sky, hesitant to abandon the car's warmth, to split paths, to make one's way outside.

One last stop, 50 zł fill-up of fuel, a quick smoke a bit further down, so as not to cause any explosions.

Don't go off without me.

I can still see the horizon. Like honey liqueur, warm.

We trust the driver, he knows the way, better, emptier, smaller lanes.

Music. Not now. Maybe when it starts to drizzle. Drop after drop, from the moment the wipers are on, until the water is cascading down the windshield. And so everything that has been gathering all day, flows down.

Will it be a warm rain? Every day is longer than the last, echo.

I started to work, on snow.

 

Krzysztof Maniak

Born 1990. Graduate of the Faculty of Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (diploma at the Transmedia Studio). A Phd candidate at the same university. Author of films, photography, and performances. His art practice revolves around actions made in landscape, such as paths made with his feet in fields, constructions made of branches and intimate and meditative performances without the audience. His works were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, BWA in Katowice and the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Ustka and Słupsk. He is a laureate of numerous awards, including the ‘Talenty Trójki’ and ‘Hestia’s Artistic Journey’. He lives and works in Krakow and Tuchów.

Solo exhibitions:
2015 - „30 sekund wiszenia na gałęzi zanim pękła”, BWA Katowice, Katowice
2014 -„Rysy”, Galeria Dwie Lewe Ręce, Katowice
2014 -„Zatrzymane”, Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej / Baszta Czarownic, Słupsk

Group exhibitions:
2016 - „Poznawać, Działać, Dzielić się”, wystawa i charytatywna aukcja sztuki Fundacji Razem Pamoja, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa
2016 - „7 Jednodniowych Wystaw W Krakowie Przed Aukcją W Warszawie”, Księgarnia / Wystawa, Kraków
2015 - „Walka o ogień”, wystawa finalistów V edycji konkursu Fundacji Grey House, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Kraków
2015 -„Przejście”, prezentacja prac w Wideo Galerii MOS, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Kraków
2015 - „Duża Sztuka”, Gmina Wieprz
2015 - „WARM UP”, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków
2015 -„Mycorial Theatre II”, Rabka Zdrój
2015 - „Real-time art”, Kopanka
2015 - „Mocne stąpanie po ziemi” wystawa w ramach projektu Rezerwat, BWA Tarnów, Tarnów
2015 - „Rybie Oko 8”, wystawa finalistów konkursu, Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej / CAT, Ustka
2015 - „Mocne stąpanie po ziemi” wystawa w ramach projektu Rezerwat, BWA Katowice, Katowice
2015 - „Bycie i Czas”, TRAFO, Szczecin
2015 - „Spoczywanie / Repose”, Kraków / Lanckorona / Znamirowice
2015 - „Artystyczna Podróż Hestii 2015”, wystawa finalistów konkursu, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warszawa
2014 - „Intermedia.mov.”, KinoLab CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa
2014 - „VideoNews”, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin
2014 - „Valley of Shadows”, Cellar Gallery, Kraków
2014 - „Into the Country”, Salt Ulus, Ankara
2014 - „Co widać. Polska sztuka dzisiaj”, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, Warszawa
2013 - 22. dokumentART Europejski Festiwal Filmów Dokumentalnych, pokaz pt. „Krótki wymiar emocji”, Kino Zamek, Szczecin
2013 - „Rybie Oko 7”, wystawa finalistów konkursu, Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Baszta Czarownic, Słupsk
2013 - „Barbarzyńcy”, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Kraków
2013 - „Sztuka-Obiekt-Zapis 5”, wystawa podczas V Festiwalu Sztuka i Dokumentacja, PREXER-UŁ, Łódź
2013 - „aniMOS”, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Kraków

Awards:
- Nagroda główna w konkursie „Artystyczna Podróż Hestii 2015”, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warszawa 2015
- Nagroda Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego dla studentów uczelni artystycznych, 2014
- Wyróżnienie honorowe, Biennale Sztuki Młodych „Rybie Oko 7”, Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej, Słupsk / Ustka 2013
- Nagroda główna w kategorii Sztuki Wizualne, w konkursie Programu 3 Polskiego Radia „Talenty Trójki 2013”
- Wyróżnienie w kategorii Forma, VII Festiwalu Filmów i Form Jednominutowych „TheOneMinutes”, Gdańsk 2012

Residency:
Residency Unlimited - rezydencja w ramach konkursu „Artystyczna Podróż Hestii”, Nowy Jork, sierpień 2015