Julia Kosterieva, Jurij Kruchak, Maja Staśko, Aneta Kamińska, Michał Kasprzak / Migrations of bodies and words
For five days among the exhibition Gotong Royong. Things we do together we will share stories, experiences, poems and reflections on the situation of people of a foreign origin living in Poland. Poetry and linocut will constitute our means of communication, collective action and designing a social change.
To what extent may non-citizens count on protection on the grounds of employee rights and human rights in Poland? By which tools does the patriarchal capitalism wield control over women of a foreign origin and to what forms of labour does this capitalism sentence those women? In which acts of physical and psychological abuse does Polish xenophobia manifest itself? What is the reason behind the immigrants’ problems with self-identification and difficulties in entering close relations with the Poles? In what way does the capitalism create the precarious condition of a human being while interfering with their material and social status, as well as their physical and affective domain? And finally, how to find a field of social solidarity with the people excluded due to their origin?
Each of our meetings will leave a mark in the form of a poetic phrase which will be handed over to the participants of the next meeting in order to be linocut. As a result, a linocut poem will be created as a record of common experiencing and meeting in stories. At the same time this linocut poem will be a manifesto of a collective action for the benefit of the people coming from other countries – and together with them.
Let’s act together!