MARTHA ROSLER: Housing. Cleaning tenements. Reprivatization in the new Poland
May 10, 2014, Gallery 1
at 3 p.m. – film screenings, KINO.LAB
at 6 p.m. – discussion
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Piotr Ciszewski, Jakub Grzegorczyk, Anastazja Wieczorek-Molga and Antoni Wiesztort
Moderation: Dorota Grobelna
at 8 p.m. – concert Kopyt/Kowalski, CCA Laboratory Building
The film screenings, discussion and concert are being held within the frames of Martha Rosler’s project/exhibition "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".
at 3 p.m. – film screenings, KINO.LAB
"The Eviction" ("Resettlement," "Maria muss packen"), directed by Filip Malinowski, Documentary, Poland / Austria / Switzerland 2012, 76 min., Polish / German, subtitles
A film about an incredible Polish couple who just so happens to be a pair of seniors. After living in one apartment for 66 years, the couple must move out. Maria is a person with an infinitely young and optimistic spirit and Tadeusz is a quiet scientist and fatalist. Suddenly, they both have to contend with a personal disaster that reveals experiences from the past which loom over their decisions. A Film about justice and equality - the crisis of morality in the past and present society - and about how to stay young as you get older.
"A brief history of how, in our country, ruthless people can invade and destroy the life and psyche of the elderly, breaking the law with impunity." M. Malinowska (source: http://www.resettlement.pl/index_pl.html)
"Melting Clocks' Hotel", Wojciech Duda and Rafa³ Jakubowicz
The project was implemented within the frames of the screening of "Emergency Room" in Wroc³aw (curators: Thierry Geoffroy, Micha³ Bieniek), accompanying the European Culture Congress. Its element is a film documenting the life of residents living in a welfare hotel near Mielec Street in Wroc³aw.
More information: http://www.jakubowicz.art.pl/?p=1799
Rafa³ Jakubowicz (1974) – artist, works at the University of Art in Poznań and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
Wojciech Duda (1964) – artist, works at the University of Art in Poznań.
"Warsaw City Grabbers – Reprivatization," 2013, directed by Piotr Madej
The collective amnesia regarding the reconstruction costs of post-war ruins in Warsaw, the amount of compensation paid for nationalized property and the lack of a reprivatization act, which all generate huge debts for the city and a number of social pathologies. In the capital, severely plunged into the chaos of "wild reprivatization," thousands of homes, schools, museums, theatres, parks, and squares are being given away for free. In parallel, billions are being contributed towards the accounts of the “chosen ones of history” from the city budget and government pool. Those that receive the short end of the stick in this story are the tenants whose homes have been taken away. The film is a record of the statements of the tenants and community activists who are fighting for a roof over their head, together trying to find a way out of the problems beset on them by the city.
"Tenants For Sale" Kontrplan Group
The film presents the story of opposition from a group of residents of the tenement building on Stolarska Street in Poznań. After many years, thanks to the residents’ direct opposition, they managed to unmask the illegal practices and brutal removals mainly carried out due to such orders by banks and landlords by the so-called "cleaners of tenements."
at 6 p.m. – discussion
Participants: Katarzyna Czarnota, Piotr Ciszewski, Jakub Grzegorczyk, Anastazja Wieczorek-Molga, Antoni Wiesztort
Moderator: Dorota Grobelna
During the discussion, we will indicate the circumstances, the scale and effects of the "reprivatization of the new Poland." We will present its analysis from the perspective of social and public costs of the reconstruction of Warsaw. Also being presented, the history of struggles that tenants had in breaking social indifferences and the fate of people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of cleaning tenements. Some of them are now activists in the tenant movement.
After the discussion, we warmly invite you to a concert from the Poznań duo Kopyt / Kowalski. www.kopytkowalski.pl, fuckyouhipsters.blogspot.com
Piotr Ciszewski – political scientist, union and tenant activist, president of the Warsaw Association of Tenants, activist in the National Commission of the Workers' Initiative (a Polish anarcho-syndycalist trade union); published in, amongst others, "Res Publica," the magazine "Kontakt," "Przegl±dzie," "Robotnik" and the portal lewica.pl; graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science from the University of Warsaw.
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.
Dorota Grobelna – cultural historian; curator and coordinator of public art projects, including the exhibition "Kontener
ART" 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.
Jakub Grzegorczyk – union and tenant activist, since 2011 secretary of the National Commission of the Workers' Initiative (a Polish anarcho-syndycalist trade union), activist for the Warsaw Association of Tenants, has published, amongst others, in "Le Monde Diplomatique - Polish edition" and "Nowy Obywatel." Graduate from the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw.
Anastazja Wieczorek-Molga – mathematician and computer scientist; works as an accountant; social activist in the 1970s and 1980s in the youth movement; since 1994, active in the Abstinence Association "SOBRIETY HOUSE" in Poznań; from 2012, a member of the Polish Association of Tenants.
Antoni Wiesztort – jobless graduate, wild tenant, participant in many field studies and direct actions of the collective Syrena, co-author of the exhibition " Powstanie z gruzów;" published in the Polish, amongst others, "Le Monde Diplomatique" and "Przekrój" (edited by R. Kurkiewicz).
at 8 p.m. – concert Kopyt/Kowalski, CCA Laboratory Biulding
"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