As part of the Openings programme, carried out in 2021 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Land of Zgorzelec Open-air Festival, three three-week residencies will be organised in Opolno-Zdrój. The invited artists are: Wiktoria Kruk, the duo Kinga Bartniak and Iwona Ogrodzka, and Natalia Komorowska. Each residency will be held on a different date and projects will be developed throughout its duration. Below we present a short description of Kinga Bartniak’s and Iwona Ogrodzka’s concept. Visit our sites, and in the coming months to find out how the projects are changing and developing.
Kinga Bartniak and Iwona Ogrodzka
5–26 July 2021
About Water

Link to the photo documentation.

During our stay in Opolno-Zdrój, we would like to initiate the process of building a narrative revolving around the notion of non-human aquatic environment. About Water is a project inspired by eco-fiction, fairy tales and legends. The main protagonist – water – will be personified by creating textual and visual stories. We want the process of developing the work to enable us, and people living in Opolno, to understand issues such as the character of environmental degradation or the cultural identity of the region. We are going to invite the inhabitants of Opolno-Zdrój to co-create the text, fantasise together and share their observations.

Kinga Bartniak is a visual researcher born in Wrocław. A graduate of the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, she also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius. In 2019, she started her doctoral dissertation on the space between work and free time. She was invited to an intermedia residency in Germany, she did a project in Italy and she participated in internet residences organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and OP ENHEIM. She has collaborated with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Wrocław 70/20 Symposium, Pracownia Otwarta in Wrocław, Luka 5G and Galeria JEST.

Iwona Ogrodzka works in painting and video art. Together with Karolina Balcer, she has co-created the Why Quit collective for several years. Since 2020, together with Ala Savashevich and Pamela Bożek, she has been involved in the informal group Help Without Borders. Doctoral student at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, resident of the KulturKontakt programme in Vienna (2018), participant in events such as the Survival Art Review, Out of Sth Biennale of External Art in Wrocław and the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Dresden. Recipient of scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2019) and the Mayor of Wrocław (2020).
Visual identification of the Openings programme:
Karolina Pietrzyk