Among the most popular contemporary forms of patronage of the arts are residency programmes. They provide artists with an opportunity to escape the imperative of earning money while being in a new, stimulating place. Since Louis XIV founded the Prix de Rome scholarship, these conditions have been considered perfect for making art. However, today’s residencies are significantly shorter and impose greater budgetary discipline than those in the 17th century, which reflects the speed of contemporary life and obsession with quick and tangible results. This state of affairs is emphasised by the young artists from Wrocław who have been invited to take part in the exhibition. The main subject of the works, which were made during the artists’ residencies in foreign countries, is jet lag, sleep disturbances, confrontation of dreams with reality, and time pressure. In this way, the unpleasant consequences of travelling have been translated into spectacular objects, photographs and videos.

An exhibition organized by Wrocław Contemporary Museum and Polish Institute in Budapest held as a part of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 programme.