jubilee publication

This book accompanies the twentieth jubilee edition of the SURVIVAL Art Review in Wrocław – currently the largest and oldest continuously functioning festival of art in public space in Poland. It is therefore no coincidence that it consists of exactly twenty interviews that shed light on the history of the review, and thus on the history of art in the public space of Poland in recent decades in general. In her conversations with the voivode, university rectors, curators, artists, heads of various institutions, a producer, an assembler, activists and volunteers, Beata Kwiatkowska, a radio journalist and sound artist, asks about strategies of presenting art outside traditional exhibition institutions, but also about various reactions to it and very subjective perspectives. What these interviews highlight is the scale and complexity of the negotiation processes necessary for an event like that to occur at all. Therefore, this book is perhaps the first step in creating a compendium that might prove useful in planning similar activities in the future.

– Michał Bieniek „20 × 20”

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