The action "Being Solidary with Belarusia" in Gdańsk will comprise a series of events organised on the premises of the University of Gdańsk and the Wyspa Art Institute.  The event in then Three-City agglomeration will launch the series of events all over Poland which will finish with a big open-air concert in Warsaw on 22 April 2012.

24 March (Saturday) Wyspa Institute of Art, conference room
18:00 A show of documentary films:

"Białoruś. Droga do niepodległości"/ Belarus. A Road to Independence (Dir. Mikołaj Wawrzeniuk). The film shows, inter alia, the history of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). There will be a concert on the anniversary of the incorporation of the Republic on 25 March entitled "Solidarni z Białorusi¹" ("Being Solidary with Belarus").

"Muzyka wolności" / Music of Freedom (Dir. Jerzy Kalina)

A document about an annual Belarusian rock music festival "Basowishtcha" which takes place in the Podlasie region of Poland.

"Dosyć! Do wolności" (bel. Dawoli, Da Woli!") / Enough! Towards Freedom! Belsat, 2011

A summarising discussion:
Guests: Franak Wiaczorka, Helena Głogoka - the chairperson of the "Chatka" Belarusian Cultural Society, Maciej Konopacki - a journalist, a son of one of the characters in the film " Belarus. A road to Independence" Hasan Konopacki.

The event will finish with the film "Massacre" (Dir. Andriej Kudinenko), 2010

A crazy and "ironical" horror, being an adaptation of Prospero Mérimée’s short story Lokis. The action takes place on Belarusian terrain incorporated into the Russian Empire in the mid 19th century. It tells about a young aristocrat who changes into a bear during the night. He is also the figure of an exemplary Belarusian patriot who refuses to declare himself either as a Pole or Russian.

25 March (Sunday) 18.00
Amaroka, Vinsent, Botanic Project | Buffet Club, admission free
A concert of committed Belarusian groups during which photographs from Belarus of 2010-2011 with be projected along with the Polish commentary by Vinsent.

The organiser - Stowarzyszenie Wolna Białoruś/ Free Belarus Association, The "Mozaika" Student Scientific Circle, Wyspa Art Institute, the "Alternator" Academic Cultural Centre of Gdañsk University and the "Belsat" television



23 of March (Friday)
6 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Free entrance

Wyspa Institute of Art cordially invites You to the opening of the project RE.ACT.FEMINISM #2 on 23rd of March at 6 pm. re.act.feminism #2 - performative archive. Archive, exhibitions, workshops, performances, discussions, research

Opening programme on 23rd of March:
18.00 - meeting with the curators of the archive: Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer and the curators of the Gdańsk part: Aneta Szyłak and Aleksandra Grzonkowska
19.00 - official opening
22.00 - concert in the Buffet Club

re.act.feminism #2, performative archive is a mobile project which is going to be shown in six European countries in the years 2011 - 2013. The first unveiling of the project occurred on 7 October 2011 at the Centro Cultural Montehermoso in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country in Spain.


10th of February (Saturday)
07:00 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Free entrance

Wyspa Institute of Art and Film Discussion Club "Marcelo" invite you for a subsequent show from the cycle of World Shorts. This time you could view short films from Greece. As those who saw "The Thug" and/ or „Attenberg” know, the Greek cinema successfully opposes the crisis.

Maryam Jafri - Stages

Friday 3rd February 2012, 19.00, Wyspa Institute of Art

Exhibition on view:
Tuesday - Sunday, 12.00-18.00

Maryam Jafri is an artist working in video, performance and photography. Informed by a research based, interdisciplinary process her artworks are marked by a visual language poised between film and theater and a series of narrative experiments and oscillating between script and document, fragment and whole. Jafri’s practice often starts from something that seems concrete whether that be an archive or a written text and then disrupts its established form. As Bridget Crone states in the work, "Staged Archive" (2008), for example, Jafri worked in relation to the National Archives of Ghana to create a film that questioned the archive‘s relationship to knowledge and ‘truth’ by staging the archive through a series of tableaux that referred to the visual and narrative codes of TV and cinema such as the court room drama, for example.

Maryam Jafri is an artist based in New York and Copenhagen. Her video work “Costume Party” (2005), Staged Archive (2008) and “Death with friends” (2010) will be presented in Wyspa in the exhibition “Stages”. Maryam Jafri presented her video works “Running”,“Janus”, “Father & Son” and Theatre as a part of Estrangement, an exhibition organized in Wyspa Institute of Art in the framework of Alternativa Festival 2011 curated by Aneta Szyłak and Hiwa K. Recent exhibition is her first solo show in Poland.

During the opening there’s a possibility to get know with two publications about Maryam Jafri - Bettina Steinbruegge: Silent Witnesses: Independence Day 1936-1967; Camera Austria International, nr.116/2011 and Maryam Jafri. Costume Party: Colony &Native, Kathrin Becker, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2006. Publications will be avaliable in Wyspa’s archive.