7 February 2024

About the Konrad and Paweł Jarodzki International Artists-in-Residence Programme

Jonna Sokołowska
Table symbolising dialogue and diversity in Krzyżowa, courtesy Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe
About the Konrad and Paweł Jarodzki International Artists-in-Residence Programme
Table symbolising dialogue and diversity in Krzyżowa, courtesy Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe

The Konrad and Paweł Jarodzki International Artists-in-Residence Programme creates conditions for artistic work at the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. Its aim is to support artistic processes, cooperation and research in dialogue with the foundation’s history, educational and social activities.

The residency hosts four artists, selected by the programme’s artistic committee, for a period of six weeks. During their stay in Krzyżowa they have the opportunity to conduct research, focus on their individual and collective work, and develop new ideas. Depending on their individual interests, the artists are supported with study trips and meetings in the Lower Silesia region. They also engage in educational programmes with young people organised by the International Youth Meeting Centre in Krzyżowa. Together we explore the ways in which contemporary art tools can enhance youth education.

With this programme we commemorate Konrad and Paweł Jarodzki; artists, educators, socially engaged citizens connected with Wrocław, who co-created places and situations where others could flourish and supported the independence of art.

The first edition of the programme was co-financed by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wrocław.

The programme`s partner is 66P Subjective Institution of Culture in Wrocław. 

Read more about the programme.

The following interviews have been conducted by the curator of the residency, Jonna Sokołowska, and feature the artists participating in the first edition of the Konrad and Paweł Jarodzki Artist-in-Residence Programme in Krzyżowa (2023): Ulufer Çelik, Daniel Mikulski, Andrea Pichl, Jacek Zachodny.


About the participants:

Ulufer Çelik was born in Antalaya, Turkey and currently lives in Rotterdam. Çelik graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. In her work, Çelik deals with issues related to myths. She is particularly interested in rituals of community bonding versus minority exclusion. She critically examines the traces of collective memory recorded in archaeology, and the cultural and spiritual heritage of people from feminist, queer and migrant perspectives. Çelik creates imaginings of new myths and a future freed from current canons and obligations, e.g. towards nations. Her multifaceted work takes the form of video, poetry, drawing, sound, and performance, and operates with a non-linear view of time and narrative. Çelik is often involved in group activities and is, among others, a member of Eat-House Collective, W1555 Artist Community, and is a resident of Putsebocht 3.

Daniel Mikulski is a graduate of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. In his paintings and patchworks, Mikulski processes experiences of neurodivergence, and the stress created by exclusionary practices. Mikulski touches on mechanisms of violence and the liberation of bodies, interpersonal relations, and feelings about normative gender and social roles. Mikulski’s paintings often refer to the world of comics, internet culture, and video game aesthetics.

Andrea Pichl was born in Haldensleben (former GDR). Pichl studied at the Kunsthochschule in Berlin and the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, she lives in Berlin. Pichl’s main field of interest is modern architecture, urbanism, and design as a legacy of socialism. She is particularly concerned with manifestations of the clash between socialist-modernist utopias, politics, and everyday life. The starting point for her work is the research and photographic documentation of materials, interiors, and building details. Pichl reconstructs and transforms the scale of this research in the form of drawings and installations. Aluminium, wallpaper, plywood, curtains, and prefabricated elements are transformed into both protagonists and witnesses of a bygone era. Pichl’s works extract their presence from the shameful periphery of our cities and memories, allowing us to confront the repressed past anew.

Jacek Zachodny is a graduate of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Jacek Zachodny works with installation, objects, painting, video, performance, actions in public space, and socially engaged projects. He is the author of videos for theater performances, e.g. “Rainbow Stand” at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław. In his practice he often touches upon issues of memory, the past, and death/dying, and is interested in interpersonal and intercultural relations. He carries out some of his projects while traveling. He writes and publishes and is co-director ofArtBrut gallery in Wrocław, where he works with artists with mental and motor disabilities.


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