ABOUT "WALKING NOTES"
Magdalena Franczak (b. 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses various media: painting, drawing, photography and performance. Franczak often creates site-specific installations and works. She enters into a dialogue with theatre as a costume designer and scenographer. Member of the Polish-German AOUA (Academy of Ugly Arts) group. Founder of the Nomad Studio – a space for activities at the intersection of different disciplines. Recipient of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2014 and 2020. Shortlisted for the Culture Builder of the Year award by journalists of Polish Radio Channel 3 in 2018. She has had exhibitions in galleries in Poland and abroad (e.g. Zachęta Project Room in Warsaw, Arsenał in Poznań, BWA in Zielona Góra, Labirynt in Lublin, Biała Gallery in Lublin, Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń, Art Cube Jerusalem, and many others). In her artistic practice, she tries to redefine the existing order by endowing forms with new meanings. By juxtaposing real-life forms, she weaves a story about a utopian world in which each voice can resound with equal force. As Karolina Sikorska wrote, “Magdalena Franczak refers to creative work and process as natural growth. This metaphor entails a carefully gathered collection of objects – found, obtained, gaining material aspect; objects which produce meticulous structures of connections, forcing the initiator and creator of the collection to constantly manage and classify the material. For Franczak work is a ceaseless process, dealing with the elusiveness of matter, preservation, recovery, placing objects in the visible realm.”
Ludomir Franczak (b. 1974) is a visual artist, theatre director and curator. His works have been shown in galleries, theatres, public spaces and festivals in Poland and all over the world. He has collaborated with musicians (Marcin Dymiter, Robert Curgenven, Patryk Zakrocki), visual artists (Magdalena Franczak, Sebastian Buczek) and theatres (Schaubude/Berlin, Kana/Szczecin, Szwalnia/Łódź). He has been awarded scholarships of the Visegrad Foundation (twice), the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (twice), and the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship (three times); winner of the award for the best experimental film at the Euroshorts 2007 festival. Shortlisted for the Culture Builder of the Year 2013 title by journalists of Polish Radio Channel 3. Laureate of the Placówka programme of the Theatre Institute in Warsaw (2015/16), given an honourable mention at the Sobole Foundation Design Alive Awards 2016.
He is primarily interested in the phenomena of memory, identity and ecological activism. On the basis of intermedia activities, he builds complex projects using visual arts, history or literature. Author of publications on art and sound recordings.