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One of Gdańsk’s greatest attractions – the shipyard – is inaccessible and surrounded by a wall. The Subjective Bus Line opens it up and transforms it into public space. See the original workplace of Lech Wałęsa, the historical gates on Roads to Freedom Exhibition, historic BHP (Labour Safety and Hygiene) Room as well as Imperial Shipyard, shipwayes, U-boots Workshop and the spot where Wałęsa jumped over the shipyard’s wall! Listen to a subjective story of this special place told by the witnesses of the legendary events – our Guides (former Shipyard workers)

Visit the exhibitions of the international visual arts festival ALTERNATIVA, Labour & Leisure in a new amazing exhibition space – Hall 90B and Estrangement in the building of Wyspa Institute of Art.

You are welcome to visit the Info Point of the Subjective Bus Line ahead of the Shipyard’s Historical Gate on Monument to The Fallen Shipyard Workers, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday till Sunday, or call us at: +48 512 055 176 / sla@wyspa.art.pl

27 April (Saturday)
7:00 p.m. / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

Suur - Suomi / Great - Finland is a work which investigates into the theme of violence in the context of Finnish Civil War (Suomen Sisällissota) from 1918. Traumatic experience of the both sides of the conflict have for years shaped Finnish national identity and influenced the iconographic and symbolic dimension of this art, which commemorated the victory of the conservatists (the White Guard) over the socialist democrats (the Red Guard).

Through the analysis of selected issues of Suomen Sisällissota, such as the terror of the Whites and the Reds, the figure of the national hero Carl Gustaf Mannerheim and his “Oath to The Sword” of 23.02.1918 or the idea of a Greater Finland, Dorota Nieznalska interprets contemporary threads. She concentrates on the analysis of heroic monuments, created shortly after the end of military operations in 1920 – 1934: monuments from Lempäälä, Lahti, Kokkola, Oulu, Joensuu.

The background for her installation is the city of Tampere which played a particular role during the Civil War. It is in this city, where one of the “monuments to victory” (Vapaudenpatsas) can be found, which raised much controversy during its unveiling because of its symbolic content and political overtones.


9 March (Saturday)
8:00 p.m./ Wyspa Institute of Art  

Admission free

Can a condition of being a stranger, the other be demanded? What feelings and experiences do we have when changing location, being on the move? To what extend is replacement necessary for the definition of our own identity? And how can it be defined by the lack of any allegiance and/ or belonging? What character can a celebration of conditions commonly considered negative have?

This project is based on the explosion of red fireworks forming a Chinese word of Shuitubufu. This word is composed of four ideograms, among which are the sings of water and earth. Shuitubufu is the condition of a stranger who is neither from “this” water nor “this” earth. It manifests the condition of non-acclimatisation, the celebration of inconveniences related do a change of a place, the displacement of mental location. The phenomenon of Shuitubufu, being a consequence or relocation, could be defined as an obstacle for those who want to become adjusted instantly in a new place. In this case, however, this phenomenon is a reason for celebrating, a condition considered apt and demanded.


Estrangement Book

This book is a spinoff of the Estrangement exhibition that took place at the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk, Poland, in May – September 2011. The exhibition is, in turn, an off-shoot of the eponymous art project that developed since 2008, bridging Eastern and Western Europe and Iraqi Kurdistan. Polish curator, Aneta Szyłak and Kurdish artist, Hiwa K, are the initiators of this endeavour. (…) This book is a multi-disciplinary – inevitable incomplete and possibly uncompletable – reflection in the notion of estrangement. In order to be faithful to the very nature of the concept that produces it, the Reader takes inspiration from Szyłak’s and Hiwa K’s project while also betraying it in relation to some of the directions it takes.*

*from the introduction by Francesca Recchia

Contributors: Sara Ahmed, Akkas al-Ali, Cihat Arinc, Swietłana Boym, John Cage, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Hiwa K, Kabir, Elżbieta Matynia, Diane E.King, Francesca Recchia, Wiktor Szkłowski, Aneta Szyłak, Leire Vergara

Editor: Francesca Recchia
Supervising editor of Alternativa Editions: Krzysztof Gutfrański
Design and typesetting: Tomasz Bersz i Marian Misiak

Price 30 zł + p&p
You can order the book at the address: sekretariat@wyspa.art.pl
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The Materiality anthology follows the exhibition and aims to widen and expand the educational and research-related aspect of both this particular project and the Alternativa Festival as a whole. This publication offers diverse perspectives on both the object unto itself, the material context, as well as the social role of things[…] The anthology is proceeded by an introductory section where the show’s curators, Leire Vergara, Aneta Szyłak, Inês Moreira and Arne Hendriks, present their view on materiality and the essence of curatorial practice. The main part has been devided into three sections, titled respectively, The Voice of Things, Materiality, and In girum imus nocte…, which through texts by authors of various provenance, offer theoretical commentary on the exhibition and highlight its key contexts.*

*Form the introduction by Krzysztof Gutfrański

Contributors: Bruno Latour, Arjun Appadurai, Tim Ingold, Mathias Goeritz, Elizabeth Grosz, Ewa Opałka, Rolf Hellebust, Susan Schuppli, David Graeber, Rem Koolhaas
Edited by: Krzysztof Gutfrański, Leire Vergara, Aneta Szyłak, Inês Moreira, Arne Hendriks
Design and typesetting: Tomasz Bersz i Marian Misiak

Price 30 ZŁ + p&p
You can order the book at the address: sekretariat@wyspa.art.pl