In “Second nature”, Agata Siniarska and Karolina Grzywnowicz take up the topic
of Nazi violence, which, as part of the extermination project based on racial criteria,brought millions to death, using nature as a camouflage, resource and involuntary ally.
The artistic double voice, “Second nature”, shows the connections of the Nazi genocide
with violent practices applied to the natural environment.
Agata Siniarska’s performance takes as a starting point the work and biography of Pola
Nireńska, a choreographer and dancer, a Polish Jewess who, having avoided death
herself, lost most of her family in the Holocaust.
The context for the performance is Karolina Grzywnowicz’s garden installation,
entirely composed of plants that were also the subject of Nazi methods of exploitation
and terror. Entering the biographical experience of Pola Nireńska in the broad context
of the environmental history of the Holocaust, the work of Siniarska and Grzywnowicz
draws attention to the persistence of eco-witnesses of past violence in the surrounding
landscape, as well as the durability of the habits of exploiting nature that led
to the environmental crisis.
Not wanting to duplicate violent practices against nature, the artists gave up the use
of plants in the installation shown in a room without daylight and during the rest
of the plants (outside the vegetation period). Therefore, the exhibition presents
photographic and film documentation, as well as elements of the installation: soil
installation: Karolina Grzywnowicz
choreography: Agata Siniarska, Katarzyna Wolińska
performance: Katarzyna Wolińska
dramaturgy: Mateusz Szymanówka
production: Agata Siniarska, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Kuba Rudziński
co-production: Hellerau European Centre for the Arts
partners: Niepodległa, Adam Mickiewicz Institute/culture.pl, Instytut Muzyki i Tańca, East European Performing Arts Platform, Lubelski Teatr Tańca, Art Stations Foundation,
Fundacja Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej, Pilecki Institute, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste
The “Choreographic Territories – new paths of the avant-garde” project is held by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in collaboration between the Institute of Music and Dance, The Centre for Culture in Lublin, Art Stations Foundation as well as partners from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany.
The project is a part of the held by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s programme POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.