Fondaco dei Polacchi
Polish Allotment Federation, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, Wrocław University of Technology. Curators: Giulia Mazzorin, Bogna ŚwiątkowskaThe project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Institute in Rome.
IN/VISIBLE CITY a cluster of urban practices exhibited in a cluster of urban sites of practice An exhibition that weaves spaces and practices of Warsaw and Venice, exploring them as IN/VISIBLE CITY, an exchange of micro-stories of places in “other” places with their own stories. The exhibition in Venice brings together the projects “Invisible City” (www.niewidzialnemiasto.pl) and “Simple Stories”. Invisible City presents the summary of a seven year research program led by the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Metropolis company. It explores the phenomenon of “everyday urbanism” – grassroots initiatives that help shape a city. The project attempts to highlight the fact that the city is created by its inhabitants and thus it is worthwhile to show how residents arrange their immediate surroundings. How they transform familiar urban elements into something unique, create meaning out of what may seem unimportant, and imprint their individuality on the city. The project’s core is a systematically growing publicly available online collection of photographs documenting the outcomes of such creative interventions in Poland’s largest cities. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs from the Invisible City project. Simple Stories, the project created by the PARERGA team (Paul Cetnarski, Marta Kowalczyk, Wojciech Mazan, Rafał Śliwa), explores the functional and social potential of allotment gardens in Poland. The exhibition consists of photographs, drawings and scale models which present a detailed analysis of the 100 year history of allotment gardens in Poland as well as the stories of their owners.