Exhibition poster by Jakub Hakobo Stepien
1986 Jacek Ponton Jackowski, RED CULTURE, Wroclaw, fot T. Sikorski
2012 nn Warszawa, fot. Marcin Rutkiewicz
2012 nn Warszawa TunelTrasyWZ, fot. Marcin Rutkiewicz
|Wild graphics. Half a century of visual street diversion in Poland 1967 - 2017
10th March 2015 – 7th May 2015
Poster Museum at Wilanow, division of the National Museum in Warsaw
10/16 Stanislawa Kostki Potockiego Str., Warsaw, Poland
Wild graphics is a global phenomenon as old as man’s earliest mischievous scrawls and inscriptions. This exhibition focuses on what has been happening on the streets of Poland over the last half century. The streets and walls of cities are spaces always open and accessible to those sufficiently determined. Their rapid and easily executed actions are an extremely effective alternative to the dictates of the authorities and the dominant media. Ever since the time of the country’s foreign partitions, distrust of official proclamations by the authorities has become ingrown in Polish culture.
Since 1967, wild street graphics have been the works of artists breaking conventions and seeking forms of direct impact on their recipients. In 1980, political struggle, using all available graphic means, returned in earnest to the streets of Polish cities.
There are many reasons why people create illicit graphics. The most important of these is the struggle "against something" or "for something". This category includes the graphical activities of those combating communism, football fans, social activists or modern political radicals. An equally important motive is the need to create art. Where the neo-avantgarde once reigned, now it is the realm of art in public spaces and pop culture’s street art. Also significant are personal motivations, often involving a need to induce laughter – by means of irony and ridicule. Such was the motivating force behind a large part of the stencilled graffiti of the 80s, and the sticker and subvertising scene of the 90s. In most cases, however, it came down to the simple need to leave a trace of one’s presence. The latter category includes initials scratched on park benches, portraits of idols printed on walls, and almost all writing.
The "Wild graphics" exhibition is the first such museum presentation on such a scale, based on previously little known iconographic material preserved in inaccessible archives and
private collections. The scope of subject matter covers the following phenomena, shown in chronological order:
- the independent work of avantgarde street artists of the 70s and the counterculture of the 80s,
- socially and politically inspired street graphics,
- the iconography of the political struggle in the 80s
- "American" graffiti (writing) since 1989
- artistic and social activities, street based graphic subversion,
- the street based graphic activities of subcultures.
In the case of street based wild graphics, it is almost impossible to set rigid boundaries or unambiguously ascribe works. Here everything is interconnected, with one accomplishment influencing another. The exhibition presents an infinite multiplicity of unauthorized street based graphics and how these are interwoven. May this also be a pretext for reflection and a source of constant inspiration.
Curators: Marcin Rutkiewicz, Tomek Sikorski, Michal Warda
List of authors of works documented in the photos presented at the exhibition:
0700, 3fala.art.pl, 7DC, 947, Ailoe, Akademia Ruchu, Amen, Aryz, Azuel, B3S, Jan Bajtlik, Baranek, Basta!, Rafal Betlejewski, Iwan Boogie, Bren, Brems, Brud, Bufu, CAF, Cekas, Cent, Faustyn Chelmecki, Chro, Chudy, Belin Czechowicz (Z), Marcin Czechowicz (KRET), Czubeska (TSHBSK), Czuly Bodziec Graficzny (CBG), DBS, Desl, Diil Gang, Andrzej Dluzniewski, Magdalena Drobczyk (Kopaniszyn), Jarema Drogowski, DTB95, Dzika Wisnia, Easy, Eids, El Hombre Invisible, Elle, Elmo, Endo, Es, Exaz, Felto, Egon Fietke, Finek, Finer, Flea, Fo, Dariusz Forys (SID), Wlodzimierz Fruczek, Waldemar Major Frydrych i Przyjaciele, Fukow, Peter Fuss, Fusy, GBR, Good Knight, Goro, Rafal Grunt (TMP - Towarzystwo Malarzy Pokojowych), Gruz, Halun, Marcin Harlender, House, Huger, Hutnik, HXM, IEER, IFCC, IRA IDC, Lukasz Izert, JBC, Rafal Jakubowicz, Zuzanna Janin, Janis, Jacek Ponton Jankowski, Jans, Jame, Jeziop, Joszka, Tadeusz Kantor, Kartofel, Kefir, Kets, KFC, Klay, Jan Kolodziej (Autone), Beata Konarska, Wojciech Korek Korkuc, Jan Kolodziej (Autone), Kobe Kru, Kodýi PPE, Kosi, Krac, Krik, Joanna Krzyszton, Marek Konieczny Krygier, Maciej Kurak, Kuanto, Kulfon, Kuna, Kurt & Droopy, Michal Linow (Pikaso), Lolek, Looney, Lump (Elomelo), Andrij Maruszeczko, Dawid Majgat, Maniac, Wojciech Marcjanek ((CN)2), Maslav, Matchez (Rosja, Roosja), Meat, Mihau, Minaja Lydia, Mister Pest, Piotr Mlodozeniec, NeSpoon, NOC, Noriaki, NRK, NRS, NS, OCM, Ofca, Zbigniew Olkiewicz, Wojciech Otecki, Dariusz Paczkowski, Andrzej Partum, Ewa Partum, PAKT, Pani Kluzowa, Piotr Pasiewicz, Pive, Pokat, Jay Pop, Patryk Poslednik, Proembrion, Pinokio, Zygmunt Piotrowski, Waldemar Pranckiewicz, Leszek Przyjemski, Krzysztof Raczynski Aleksander Olo Rostocki, Radim Radim, Rater, RTL, Rurz, SC Szyman, Alexander Sikora, Tomasz Sikorski, Marcin Skalban, Michal -Ski (SKI), Krzysztof Skiba, S3, Sainer, Sepe, Sien, Simpson, Skill, Skope, Slid, Someart, James Stront, TGM, THC, Theodore, Tiki, Filip Tofil, Tolinka, Jerzy Trelinski, True Bob, Truth (Krystian Czaplicki), TTR, Turk, Twozywo, TWV, Tybex, UKB, Piotr Uklanski, Uno, Uran, Uwaga! Inwazja, Christian Wabl, Wlodzimierz Wieczorkiewicz, Anastazy Wisniewski, Monika Wojtkowska (SF), Vandall, VHS, Viur, Vziutek, WFS (Warsaw Fanatics), Wojciechowa, WTK, Wx2, Yola, Yony, Iwona Zajac…
... and many, many others are still unknown to the authors.
Authors of photographs and films presented at the exhibition:
Jan Bajtlik, Jacek Braun, Lucjusz Cykarski, Slawomir Czajkowski (Zbiok), Cekas, Magdalena Drobczyk (Kopaniszyn), Jarema Drogowski, Elzbieta Dymna, Eids (PUF), El Hombre Invisible, Felto, Egon Fietke, Fo (7DC), Peter Fuss, Rafal Grunt (Towarzystwo Malarzy Pokojowych), Gruz (Hemoroid), Rafal Jakubowicz, Zuzanna Janin, Michal Kawka, Wojciech Kolacz (Otecki, Otek), Jan Kolodziej (Autone), Kosi (JWP, NBK, WTK), Jerzy Kosnik, Pawel Kowzan (2SH), Krik, Maciej Kurak, KwieKulik (Zofia Kulik i Przemyslaw Kwiek), Michal Linow (Pikaso), Lump (Elomelo), Meat (TNA, JWP, WTK), Marcin Michalski, Mgr Mors, Tomasz Niewiadomski (Kobe Kru), Zbigniew Olkiewicz, Dariusz Paczkowski (3fala.art.pl), Ewa Partum, Piotr Pasiewicz, Tadeusz Piechura, Andrzej Pierzgalski, Waldemar Pranckiewicz, Adrianna Rajch, Józef Robakowski, Marcin Rutkiewicz, Zygmunt Rytka, Tomasz Sikora, Tomasz Sikorski, Simpson, Krzysztof Syruc (Roem, Proembrion), SC Szyman, Grzegorz Tomaszczuk, Zbigniew Tomaszczuk, Jerzy Trelinski, Zygmunt Tyrowicz, Piotr Uklanski, Artur Wabik, Krzysztof Wojciechowski.
Galeria Foksal Archive, Repassage Gallery / Museum of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, External Art Foundation , “Tratwa” Society, Vlep-vnet Television.
Soundtrack exhibition: Robert Brylewski
Graphic design / Exhibition design: Jakub Hakobo Stepien