Place: Gdańsk City Gallery, Powroźnicza Str. 13/15
Openning: 10th of March, 7:30 P.M.
Exhibion: 10th of March 2016 - 9th of April 2017
Artists: Maciej Chodziński, Andrzej Karmasz, Anna Królikiewicz, Filip Ignatowicz, Mateusz Pęk, Krzysztof Polkowski, Katarzyna Szeszycka, Ewa Toniak, Zbigniew Treppa, Iwona Zając
Curator: Krzysztof Polkowski
Extraordinary, irrational, inexplicable facts, situations and, phenomena, such as stigmata or supernatural healings, stir up strong emotions, excite the imagination and may strengthen one’s faith. They also trigger controversies, as well as opposing and critical reactions from rationalists, atheists or agnostics. However, the word 'miracle' has a much broader meaning, which opens up the possibility of formulating statements that reach beyond the above- mentioned phenomena.
The exhibition MIRACLE at the Gdańsk City Gallery is another visual iteration of the artistic and research project carried out at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.
The aim of the project is to investigate and analyse phenomena described as “miracles.” The initiative marks an attempt to trace their connoted meanings and their artistic equivalents.
The first iteration of the project was held at the Zona Current Art Gallery at the Art Academy of Szczecin.The exhibition in Szczecin featured: Maciej Chodziński, Filip Ignatowicz, Mateusz Pęk, Krzysztof Polkowski, Katarzyna Szeszycka, Ewa Toniak, Iwona Zając. The Gdańsk edition of the show also includes new artists: Andrzej Karmasz, Anna Królikiewicz, Mateusz Pęk, Zbigniew Treppa.
The intention behind the artists’ meetings is to generate artistic and intellectual discourse that will not so much offer answers as pose new and previously unasked questions. The exhibition does not make a specific claim with the aim of proving it right. Counterbalanced with diverse approaches, its concept is based on mutual respect for different worldviews. The show adopts the form of a debate.
The project is set to culminate with a publication that will document artistic activities, as well as gather critical reflection and opinions formulated by artists and – importantly – by academics and theorists from the fields of religious studies, theology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and other domains.