EVENTS
MARTHA ROSLER: Housing. Vacant. Homes without people, people without homes in the new Poland
May 6, 2014
at 5 p.m. – film screening
at 6 p.m. – discussion

MARTHA ROSLER: Housing.
Vacant. Homes without people, people without homes in the new Poland

May 6, 2014, Gallery 1
at 5 p.m. – film screening
at 6 p.m. – discussion
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Weronika Duszak, Filip Piasek, Ilona Rabizo, Marta Rozmysłowicz
Moderation: Dorota Grobelna
Free admission

The meeting is being held within the frames of Martha Rosler’s project/exhibition "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".


5:00 p.m. – film screening
"Mother Strike," SzumTV and Think Tank Feministyczny, 22:50 min.
A documentary about the working and living conditions of women in Wałbrzych, whose heroines tell about how they deal with the continuous lack of stable and sufficient income as well as with the municipal offices. They also talk about how local politics, especially the one associated with housing, hinder their day-to-day caregiving work. The film also depicts the tactics of their resistance.

"(Sub)Standard" Kontrplan Group, 15 min.
A documentary about the living conditions of families residing in a different standard of social housing. The context in which the heroines and heroes base their own stories, previous residence or squatting in social housing, shows a system of oppression to which the everyday of people with low economic status are subjected to. The film was implemented by Kontrplan within the frames of studies, co-financed by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.

6:00 p.m. – discussion
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Weronika Duszak, Filip Piasek, Ilona Rabizo, Marta Rozmysłowicz
Moderator: Dorota Grobelna
More and more often in public debates, it is indicated that the centres of Polish towns are becoming vacant. Empty flats can be found everywhere, in old tenements as well as social buildings, both municipal and private, and not to mention the newly raised buildings. This phenomenon doesn’t only affect city centres and does not solely result from - as the majority of assessments state - suburbanization or the economic crisis. The increasing number of vacancies is accompanied by a growing number of people waiting for municipal and social housing. The parallelism of these processes is a suggestive sign of a lack of a pro-social housing policy from the state and municipalities. During the discussion systemic factors of both processes will be presented, as well as estimates of the number of "homes without people and people without homes" in Poznań and Warsaw. It will be a grass-roots action taken by those awaiting for housing and activists occupying vacant buildings in Poznań and Warsaw. In this context, the very phenomenon of squatting will be undertaken, and the issue of property rights and the right to housing and the differences between cultural and political squatting will be raised.

Katarzyna Czarnota – sociologist; social and political activist associated with Poznan’s Anarchist Federation; one of the founders and coordinators of the Polish Association of Tenants; between 2009-2013 she conducted research on container estates in Poland (the first such studies in Poland regarding the phenomenon of container social housing in the context of social segregation); she also deals with the phenomenon of segregation of economic migrants of Roma origin; co-author of studies on the vacancy rates in Poznan; resident of the Rozbrat squat.

Weronika Duszak – graduate of Slavic philology; social and political activist associated with Poznan’s Anarchist Federation; tenant activist, co-founders of the Polish Association; she also supports economic migrants of Roma origin; co-author of studies on the vacancy rates in Poznan; resident of the Rozbrat squat.

Dorota Grobelna – cultural historian; curator and coordinator of public art projects, including the exhibition "KontenerART" which is the result of Joanna Rajkowska’s classes at the University of Arts in Poznań, being a response to the construction of a social container ghetto by the Poznan authorities; involvement in tenant issues.

Filip Piasek – jobless graduate; participates in direct actions and field studies in the Syrena collective; researches residential politics of Warsaw in the aspect of re-privatization. In 2013-2014 he was unjustly accused for breaking articles 183, 222 and 288 of the penal code.
Ilona Rabizo - studying Social Work at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; member of the Rozbrat i Od:zysk collective.

Ilona Rabizo – studying Social Work at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; member of the Rozbrat i Od:zysk collective.

Marta Rozmysłowicz – electrician, tenant, participates in actions and studies in the Syrena collective. Published in, amongst others: "Red Pepper," Polish "Le Monde Diplomatique" and Codziennik Feministyczny, threatened with a conviction for the repeated violations of MIR DOMOWY.

 

More:
www.syrenawarszawa.wordpress.com
www.wsl-poznan.pl
www.rozbrat.org
www.odzysk.org



"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland"
is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address the following issues: Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The task at hand is to confront existing processes – including economic, cultural, and ideological – that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.

 




Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson  

CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE

 





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