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Date of the event: 15.09.2020 g.18:00 - 15.12.2020
Added on: 14.09.2020

Lockdowns by Joanna Ciechanowska

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The Blue Point Art Gallery is opening with an individual exhibition by Joanna Ciechanowska, “LOCKDOWNS”. The issue of this virtual event is connected with the current pandemic situation. Further, it refers to various moments of retreat in the artist’s life and, from the universal human point of view, provides an opportunity to look at the actual problems from a broader historical and cultural perspective.
The opening of the exhibition will take place online: 15.09.2020 at 6:00 pm–8:00 pm. The event will be bilingual (English / Polish).

You need a laptop, PC or smartphone with Internet access (good one) and a web browser

How to participate in the opening?
On 15.09.2020 at 6:00 pm at the Gallery’s website: https://clacu.puno.edu.pl/art-gallery-at-puno you will be able to visit a virtual exhibition of paintings by Joanna Ciechanowska, read their brief curatorial description, and buy a book about her artistic work.

Q&A with the artist? 
This can be done in two ways: by email (during the two months of the exhibition) or via social media (on the day of the opening).
Temporarily available email of the event: lockdowns.ciechanowska@gmail.com
Facebook page of the event follow link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/334017307798490/

On the day of the opening on 15. 09. 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Joanna Ciechanowska will be waiting for your questions in real time.

Project supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London (PCI).

Curator: Justyna Gorzkowicz

The Blue Point Art Gallery (a virtual 3D gallery), was built in a digital environment as part of a collaboration between the Contemporary Literary and Artistic Culture Unit of the Institute of European Culture at the Polish University Abroad (PUNO) and the Culture Lab Foundation. Although the gallery was created in response to the changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic (March-July 2020), its founders have continued this work, with the intention of transferring part of their activities to the digital world. The current pandemic made us aware of the fragility of social structures and the deep need not only to seek unconventional solutions, but also to implement them quickly.
The virtual gallery was initiated at a university which currently does not have an art department, but focuses on the issue of art from a cultural anthropology perspective.
The Blue Point Gallery’s founders decided to broaden the formula by combining two forms of communication in their events: digital exhibition and the borderlands of the humanities. A permanent element of the exhibitions presented in the digital space of the Contemporary Literary and Artistic Culture Unit, is the review of publications with curatorial studies. They will be available in pdf format, allowing virtual events to also be affiliated with the PUNO Press (academic publisher at the Polish University Abroad in London).
The aim of the Blue Point Gallery is to provide an international platform that can become a place for creative, documentary and educational activities. In its operation, the gallery perceives broadly understood artistic culture as a tool of verbal and non-verbal communication between people around the world.

The Blue Point Art Gallery is to be a socially engaged gallery. We welcome artists who use visual language to conduct a discourse on issues important from the contemporary (local and global), perspective. We are looking for artists dealing with social and cultural topics (including aspects of identity and ethnicity), as well as counteracting racism and xenophobia. Preference will be given to issue-based approaches to exhibitions, where the artistic viewpoint operates not only through an aesthetic experience, but also as an important voice in social debate. An important part of the gallery’s activities will be to show the links between Polish and greater European culture as well as the diversity of local traditions. 

Director of the Blue Point Art Gallery: Justyna Gorzkowicz
Author and developer of the Gallery: Jarek Solecki


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