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Paweł Kwiek
Doing the Impossible Light

Exhibition of works by Paweł Kwiek, with participation of Łukasz Jastrubczak

Opening: 8 December 2023, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition: 9 December 2023–6 January 2024
Curator: Marika Kuźmicz
Collaboration: Adam Parol
Graphic design: Krzysztof Bielecki

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund

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Paweł Kwiek (16 March 1951–13 March 2022) worked in virtually all media: he used film, he was a forerunner of video art in Poland, a photographer, performer, and he also worked in painting, drawing and sculpture. He switched between his artistic tools with ease, never losing sight of what was most important to him.
Who was he? He graduated from the Film School in Łódź (1969–1974), where he co-created the legendary Workshop of the Film Form group (1970–1978) and taught at the school (until 1981). He also lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1974–1976).
In the 1970s, he was very actively involved in the Polish neo-avant-garde milieu, creating 35 mm films as well as video works and photographs. These have been usually described as conceptual or structural works, although it was already apparent at the time that Kwiek’s creative interests went beyond the then-current canon of issues most often addressed in art. Most of his works of the time were concerned with interpersonal communication, particularly with trying to reach understanding despite different points of view. This became even more evident around 1978, when the Workshop of the Film Form practically suspended its activities. It was at that time that Kwiek created works such as Video and Breath, Information Channel, Perception of the Lack of Differentiation or The Inter-Drawings Table.
Shortly afterwards, in 1980, an event that the artist described as “the key experience of his life” took place. During a long meditation (he was deeply engaged in yoga and breathing exercises at the time), he saw before him an unusual golden light, which was in constant motion yet remained calm and emanated love. This experience caused Kwiek to revise his hitherto rational – as he said himself – worldview and turn towards the sphere of spirituality, opening himself up to others and to metaphysical experiences.
At the beginning of the 1980s, he suffered a severe nervous breakdown, which triggered a series of hospitalisations. The rhythm of his life began to be marked by relapses of paranoid schizophrenia, interspersed by periods of recovery. He always spoke openly about his illness, treating it as a part of his life and trying to explain this experience to others. Despite many years of poor financial situation and deteriorating health, he was creatively active practically until the end of his life.
His works from the 1980s and 1990s are a remarkable record of his encounters with others and his own spiritual experiences. In 2010, he carried out the still relevant action Three Days Without War, in which he called on world leaders to unconditionally cease hostilities. Towards the end of his life, he wrote a lot, mainly working on his diaries and creating poems, but he also prepared special photo albums that showed his everyday struggles.
The exhibition Doing the Impossible Light is the first presentation of Paweł Kwiek’s oeuvre after his death. Choosing the exhibits without him was not easy – the artist always wanted to be involved in the preparations for his shows.
We wanted to present this extraordinary, long-term creative process in which Paweł Kwiek was often uncompromising, striving to learn as much as possible about the world and the people he met. What links Paweł's early works and his later projects is that they were his tools for establishing communication and understanding, as well as instruments for discovering himself through others. And vice versa.
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