Above is a piece from “Z mojej piersi sie wyrwalo” by Barbara Rej, one of 16 images from works currently on display at the Armory of Art in Gdansk, a public arts space situated in the 400-year-old Great Armoury in the city’s historical center.
As the title suggests, this is a sampling of an exhibit I crossed paths with a couple of days ago, the eighth ‘Esteemed Graduates of Academies of Fine Arts’ show featuring works from select recent graduates of all Polish public fine arts academies. This year the competition was opened to graduates of two non-Polish institutions as well: the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts.
Rej’s works —Z mojej piersi sie wyrwalo roughly translates to From my breasts slipped out— stood out for its vibrancy, its life. A few more pieces and details below.
Among my favorites was Sparks, a multi-media portrait project by Wiktoria Wojciechowska documenting the ongoing conflict in Ukraine through portraits of the soldiers fighting there and through a video narration that tells the soldiers’ stories in their own words. More about the project on Wojciechowska’s site here.
And a few more below, pieces by Damian Bak, Ignacy Oboz and Anita Welter. More information about the artists is welcome and encouraged.
The venue, dubbed the Armoury of Art, is an attractive space on the ground and first floor levels of city’s Great Armory, Gdansk’s premiere example of Renaissance architecture, which dates back to 1609.
Note: All photos with a Samsung Galaxy 4, so my apologies in advance for instances where the colors are far from true.