During the quarantine, together with curator Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, we decided to issue an invitation to artists, writers, architects and choreographers who live, like us, in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. We invited them to display traces of art and life in windows and on balconies during the Easter weekend. The invitation had a snowball effect. Without a budget, official opening or crowds of visitors, the project turned into an intimate stroll in search of traces of life and art. The news about it spread around the world.

What is actually public in public art? Can art be a way to find freedom in confinement, and how can it shape the public sphere?

Joanna Warsza is the programme director of CuratorLab at Konstfack University of Arts in Stockholm and an (in)dependent curator. She is interested in performativity, politics, the public sphere and postcolonial identity. She worked as the artistic director of Public Art Munich 2018. Together with Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, she is preparing Autostrada Biennale in Kosovo in summer 2021.
The lecture is part of the public programme accompanying the New Normativity exhibition. The exhibition was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund, financed from surcharges for the games under state monopoly, in accordance with art. 80(1) of the Act on Gambling of 19 November 2009. Purchase of works for the MWW collection was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.


The exhibition is part of the Wrocław 70/20 Symposium – a grassroots programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wrocław ’70 Visual Arts Symposium.