THE VISITOR [Phase I]

WHAT WE DID

Phase One of the From East to West with Love project consisted of one-off events, an exhibition, public discussions and an artist residency. This two-week pilot event took place in September-November 2016 in Coventry, and Łódź, Poland. This project was majorly influenced by a growing cultural sector response to Eastern and Central European migrations and their implications for cultural policy, particularly in cities.

33

arts professionals involved in the project

2

weeks of events held both locally and overseas 

80+

international submissions received as part of the open call for film

1

international artist residency

Open Call / In collaboration with Kalejdoskop East – West we have created an open call for short films responding to the concepts of Fusion, Collision, Translation, Adaptation, and Transition. From over 80 international submissions selection of a 15 films was screened on 27th September at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, UK, as well as on the 28th at Kino Bodo in Łódź, Poland.


Public Forum / The East-West Open Forum delivered in conjunction with FACETS talks (Coventry University), consisted of a panel of creative practitioners and academics, creating an opportunity for the local cultural community to learn, engage, question and identify with the current changes in culture and the opportunities that Eastern and Western European mobility provides for the cultural and creative industries.


Multidisciplinary Exhibition / The exhibition curated as part of this venture at The Glass Box Gallery consisted of carefully commissioned collective of Eastern and Western European artists who transformed The Glass Box Gallery into an intersection of East and West where the audience could experience and engage with the realities (both current and potential) of this interconnection. The two sides highlighted their identities in a current political climate of flux and uncertainty with the reality of a huge East-West demographic coming together.

As part of the pilot project, we devised one artist residency for a Polish artist to explore the dual dimension of our venture. We commissioned Pawel Hajncel, one of the most radical, subversive and uncompromising performance artists in Poland. His public interventions are often the cause of national debates, as well as debates across all platforms including social media. During the residency, Hajncel investigated ‘How arts are used to make us reflect upon the current state of affairs?’ as well as ‘How public space can act as an authentic medium of expression both for the performer and the spectator?’. In his performance titled ‘Patriotism for Sale’ he addressed the attitudes of migrants who fled their home countries in pursuit of sustainable future. Hajncel’s residency has also resulted in a production of a 15-minute documentary film titled ‘The Visitor’. The film aimed to discover more about the situation present in Poland as well as the differences between the two countries from a perspective of an artist. This documentary is a personal account of Pawel Hajncel’s life, who offers an insightful perspective into international, contemporary art which more frequently is a tool that fights political and religious oppression in modern Europe.

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