Venue: St. Spiritus Kulturzentrum (Greifswald/Niemcy)
Vernissage: 26th Nov. 2021, 7.00 pm (exhibition available from 26th Nov. to 10th Dec.)
„Slavsquad” by Natalia Magalska is an original collection of porcelaine figures depicting stereotypic inhabitants of a Polish settlement (osiedle). The idea came from the need to revive the image of a Polish block housing district as a space not entirely safe, a bit forgotten, excluded, being out of centre of the city life. The works are a attempt to catch the essence of the local, urban folklore and to frame it into a form of tiny sculptures. By its scale and noble manufacturing the figure becomes an easy selling object or even an object of desire. Gilded, a porcelain blokers (Polish version of Gopnik), a sly crone and a swagger regain their honour while we are enhanced to reflect on how we – the Poles – want to perceive ourselves as a nation.
Natalia Magalska graduated from Sculpture and Intermedia Department at the Art Academy in Gdańsk. She participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions. She received many awards: President of Gdańsk Award for her academy diploma, the CSW Łaźnia award for “Łódzka 5” diploma work and Wrocław’s Art Academy Rector Award, the 5th Student Bienalle of Small Sculptural Forms in Poznań for her work “Dres” (“Gopnik”). She also received a distinction in the 14th International Foundry Workshop, the Grand Prix and People’s Choice Award in “Przegrys” Drawing Contest. She was a scholar from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, the Prime Minister, the Elbląg Staroste and Rector’s for the best students.
The exhibition is one of part of the polenmARkT Festival. More information: https://www.polenmarkt-festival.de/
The event is part of the „Remusowa Carraige, czyli Pomorze w podróży” project. More information: https://www.nck.org.pl/pl/projekt/remusowa-kara-czyli-pomorze-w-podrozy