Emergency Ward

Participating artists: Janusz Bałdyga, Valentina Bardazzi, Marcin Berdyszak, Jakub Bolewski, Marta Bosowska, Sławomir Brzoska, Elena Gavrisch, Martyna Hadyńska, Leann Herlihy, Szymon Kula, Dominik lejman, Sarah Lüdemann, Adam Łuczak, Mirco Magnani, Paulina Kempisty, Paulina Pankiewicz, Julia Popławska, Patrycja Plich, Łukasz Prus-Niewiadomski, Przemysław Przepióra, Petro Riaska, Fried Rosenstock, Roland Schefferski, Mateusz Smoczyk, Paweł Tymcio.

The motto of this year’s festival 48 Stunden Neukölln is ‘S.O.S. – Art saves the world’. In response to this call, which suggests that we are in a state of emergency, the UP Gallery sets up an EMERGENCY WARD – ‘NOT-AUFNAHME’ open for the duration of the festival. Working with intercultural approach, based in Berlin’s Neukölln since 2014, the UP Gallery will turn its rooms into ’waiting and consulting rooms’ offering artistic first aid’ to festival participants and visitors.

The project ‘NOT-AUFNAHME’ invites guests to be a part of a ‘rescue concept’ in an interactive project, which questions the notion of art as a finalised instance done and served by the artist for viewer’s consumption. Apart from showing their works as ‘ art in the waiting room’, the participating artists will create a space for dialogue through series of performances and actions, inviting the public to discuss themes of perception and art’s role in society as well diagnosing other contemporary problems in the ‘consulting room’.

Marcin Berdyszak, Last Aid (detail)

The project ‘NOT-AUFNAHME’ is a result of the collaboration between the UP Gallery and the Institute for New Artistic Thinking (IFNAT). Berlin artists founded the Institute as an ongoing project in November 2014. The mission of the IFNAT is to provoke new ways of the artistic thinking, facing the challenges of the close interrelation of the arts and the contemporary market economy. The institute’s platform for exchange and discussions is on the blog www.ifnat.net, which is open for contributions from artists and other cultural workers.

Artist Bio:

Mariia Drozdova

Born 6.1988 Kharkov.Ukraine.

Now studying performance art, in professor  Janusz Baldyga’s class ,as part of  GAUDE POLONIA scholarship. Works with  painting, drawing, photography, collage, performance, video art. Participated in competitions, group and solo exhibitions both in Ukraine and abroad.

Julia Popławska “Nobody Knows”

Julia Popławska – Graduated from Art University in Poznań, specialized in Art Critic on the Art Education department. Her movie If you really want something (2013) presented on the ARTBOOM Festival in Kracow, on main exhibition The face of Day. Social Costs in Poland after 1989, created by Stanisław Ruksza. The film also accompanied during debates organized by: MS in Łódź, Galeria Miejska Arsenał in Poznań, Political Critique editorial office in Warsaw, Anarchistic Club/Bookstore Zemsta in Poznań. Now, she is studing MA of Intermedia on the Multimedia Communications department (UAP).

Paweł Tymcio, born in 1989. Student of Painting at the University of Arts in Poznan. He has chosen dr Dominik Lejmans studio for his main painting studio. He has also studied at the Politechnika Szczecińska. He has taken part in group exhibitions, for e.g. “Experimental Drawing” at the gallery Forma, a group exhibition of work at Galeria Kapitańska. In 2013 he has taken part in an international painting competition Modessque, in which he got through to the final stage. In his work he focuses on on the problem of memory, transience and human emotion, which he explores by painting, installation and performance. His last show was an individual exhibition in the Kolektyw A1 gallery in Poznań.

Léann Herlihy (1994) – Originally studying at the National College of Art & Design Dublin (2012-2016), this Irish based artist has no uniformed roots when discussing her artistic practice. Her constructions tend to be fixed with a single point, in which the distribution of forces and the dramatic meaningful climax is of primary importance. She shows how a hardly visible component can become the most significant element from the point of view and survival of her whole composition. Recent exhibitions include XVII International Art Festival Interakcje, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland (2015); Klasycy i Adepci i Polskiej Sztuki Performance, Katowice, Poland (2015); UNEASE//NIEPOKÓJ, Up Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2015); Studio, Elbana House, Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8 (2014);Stendhal Arts Festival, Limavady, Derry (2014); At dawn we will stand in a circle, as the sun rises it will renew the souls of the pure, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2014) and We’ll come up with {some}thing, Jamestown Studios, Inchicore, Dublin (2013).