Słowa / Words

Title: 'Słowa / Words'

Creators: Jacek Zachodny, Igor Gawlikowski, artists form Art Brut Gallery and Studio For Social & Cultural Inclusion (Poland)

Cast: Jacek Zachodny, Krzysztof Konieczny, Igor Gawlikowski, works of artists form Art Brut Gallery and Studio For Social & Cultural Inclusion


Date: 01.09.2018 (Saturday)

Time: 8 pm

Place: Room A_22 in Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz, 3 Tymienieckiego Street

Tickets: 30 pln / 20 pln

Duration: 60 minutes (no intermissions)

Viewers' age: no limits


The concert takes the form of a multimedia performance, for which direct inspiration is the work of artists associated in the Wrocław Gallery and Art Brut Studio. The key to performative actions is "word", which in the context of the work of the creators of Art Brut gains a new and expanded meaning.

Jacek Zachodny put it perfectly, saying: "Words and their magic are not available to everyone. Using the language of art, including the broadly understood form of the text, the creators of Art Brut share their fascinations, sadness, emotions and joy, a sense of alienation and fear. The authors carefully observe the world, give us a different kind of look and distance to ourselves. On the other hand it is a voice often poorly audible and overlooked. With time, noticed, but still taken by many people with a pinch of salt - "specially".The creators of Art Brut take us to separate, sometimes deeply private worlds, usually hidden to the uninitiated. For some authors, words become a graphic form, an individual, secret sign. The language returns to the ancient source, to its deeply hidden roots, it creates new names, symbols and letters. “The concert refers to this year's theme of the Retroperspektywy Festival, meaning the broadly understood concept of "word". The key question asked by the creators of the concert is: "Is art handicapped if the author is handicapped?" The basis for this musical performance are texts and visual and textual works of artists of the Art Brut and outsider art circle, people with mental disabilities and mental disorders associated with Art Brut Gallery in Wroclaw.The texts of these artists are usually short poetic and literary forms, among others: Wanda Sidorowicz, Marcin Guźla, Mateusz Tatarczyk, and Elwira Zacharska, but also sound and verbal recordings of these artists. The works of artists creating interesting forms from the borderline of the magazine and graphics will also be presented, using a specific language with a changed alphabet, using new letters, words and original characters and a performative text created by them, among others: Marta Nawojczyk, Agnieszka Kołodziejczyk and Maciej Tryniszewski.


Jacek Zachodny - graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. The multimedia artist creates, among others: installations, video art, painting, glass, works on the borderline of happening and performance. His works can be found in the museum collections: the Lower Silesia Zachęta Collection and the Wrocław Contemporary Museum, MOCAK in Krakow. He collaborates and publishes in the Rita Baum’s artistic magazine. Traveler. In his art he touches multicultural areas, often raising social aspects. Since 2009, he has been co-creating the Art Brut Gallery and Studio in Wroclaw, cooperating as an artistic supervisor of projects and exhibitions, conducting artistic classes, documenting events related to the gallery and running its current archive.

Krzysztof Konieczny - musician, composer, engineer of sound and image. From the 1980s he was associated with the Kormorany group. He composed music with them for several dozen theater performances, two Television Theaters, and recorded four albums. In 2011, he began composing for the theater alone and created 13 musical illustrations for performances in Poland and abroad. He has been associated with the Świat Nadziei Association and the Art Brut Gallery since 2014, when he implemented audio installations for the first exhibition from the series 'BEYOND THE TABOO'. Further cooperation resulted in the exhibition 'In search of harmony' in 2017, of which he was the curator and co-producer.

Igor Gawlikowski - guitarist, composer, experimenter, author and co-author of music for 14 theater performances, 3 radio plays, 5 stage performances. Co-founder and artist of the interdisciplinary Karbido group. Among others, the author of its implementation: the award-winning and internationally acclaimed 'Table' audio performance performed on a special electroacoustic table; audio-performance 'Table around Cage' - an artistic dialogue by Karbido with John Cage; 'Music 4 Buildings' - exploration of music and architecture associations; trilogy 'Shine - Cinnamon - Absinthe' - a series of multimedia concerts created as a result of cooperation with the Ukrainian writer, Yuri Andrukhovych. In 2016, in cooperation with the Kormorany band, he created a multimedia concert 'Excluded', and in 2017 he composed a composition of 12 pieces 'Oratorio of earth'.

Art Brut Gallery and Studio For Social & Cultural Inclusion has been run by World of Hope Association at 46A Ruska Street in Wroclaw, since 2009. Its tasks consist in presenting and actively promoting art and creative output of intellectually handicapped artists and persons with mental disorders, facilitating their social inclusion as well as searching for and implementing effective forms of support for this particular artistic group.
This is a long-term and non-commercial project of the Association. Funds for the project are raised each year from diversified sources. This is the only project of this kind in Wroclaw and one of very few in Poland. The activities of the Gallery & Studio include a series of exhibitions, art workshops, artists and authors talks as well as various social inclusion actions and creative animations. ArtBrut Gallery has so far organised over 35 collective & solo exhibitions and presentations of art brut and outsider art, has created its own art collection, maintains extensive records of its activities.
In 2013 ArtBrut Gallery received the ‘It’s Worth It’ cultural award from Gazeta Wyborcza - Wroclaw in the visual arts category. Earlier the Gallery was twice a nominee for this award. Projects by the ArtBrut Gallery And Studio for Social & Cultural Inclusion form a part of the application as well as the programme of European Capital of Culture 2016.