“Island and Atolls: the Mapping of Imagination”


Island and Atolls: the Mapping of Imagination

artists: Andrzej Bednarczyk, Krzysztof Gliszczyński, Valeriia Ianichek, Celina Kanunnikava, Anna Róża Kołacka, Ireneusz Kopacz, Ewa Kulesza, Agnieszka Kurant, Krzysztof Mętel, Sophia Pompéry, Sonia Rammer, Gauri Sharma, Andrzej Szewczyk, Małgorzata Szymankiewicz, Filip Wierzbicki-Nowak

curated by: Marta Smolińska

02.06 – 23.07.2017

exhibition opening: 02.06.2017 (Friday), 6 PM / admission free


The paintings, objects, videos and installations, presented at the Wozownia Art Gallery in Toruń as part of the international exhibition entitled “Islands and Atolls: the Mapping of Imagination”, take us on a virtual journey into the unknown. These works refer to both the cultural as well as the individual memory, thus, frequently unveiling edgy socio-political contexts. When confronted with reality, a map – through its open nature – is completely susceptible to experimentation. Even if maps of specific territories constitute their starting points, the presented works lose their realness, becoming elusive, ephemeral, displaced.

If I agree with Judith Schalansky that “maps are abstract and concrete at the same time; in all their measured objectivity, they offer no portrayal of reality, but a daring interpretation”, then I must also add that the artists enchanted by the cartographic impulse create interpretations of this interpretation. Via the mapping of imagination, together with them, we reach the meta-level of reflection: after all, we come to analyze the motifs of islands and atolls as well as various maps, perceived as arbitrary products of science and culture, which are capable of seducing us with their imaginative and aesthetic nature.

Marta Smolińska