“Didaskalia” is a collective exhibition of nineteen members of the “Open Studio” association: Tomasz Bielak, Oliwia Beszczyńska, Maksymilian Cieslak, Lech Mazurek, Michał Mroczka, Flora Nastaj, Pawel Korbus, Piotr Korol, Katarzyna Kowalska, Sławomir Plewko, Sebastian Smit, Kamil Stańczak, Piotr Strobel, Sławomir Toman, Grzegorz Tomczyk, Kamil Zaleski, Ewa Zarzycka.
The title of the exhibition symbolically reflects the idea of the association itself, which is an additional activity, constitutes a disinterested, life-long necessity of each member’s life. However, these marginal actions often, like the medieval voices, are of real value. Paradoxically, they bring newness, originality, freedom, make sense. It is the same with art in general. For a very long time only “great” art history, history created by the most eminent artists, history of their most outstanding works was noticed. The same applies to music, literature, politics. Although this tendency has been woken up before, it was not until the 20th century that attention was drawn to the periphery of art – less known artists, less creative centers, early “immature” works of giants, works that escaped standards or classifications. Peripherality has become and still is a valued and desirable feature as it combines such features as originality and elitism. Over time “great” art history has been replaced by the history of the art of margins as interesting, free, real and valuable. In this way, there was a complete reversal of the perception of art.
Curator: Izabela Bartkowiak
Graphic: Kosma Ostrowski
Photo: private archives of the artist