Repose is a need of suspension, but also of a non-obvious relation between work and a break.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian

Repose is a caprice, an experience derived from the combination of two phrases: Melleville’s “I’d rather not to” and Goncharov’s “He didn’t know what he wanted, but he did know what he didn’t want”.

We are interested in slowness, lying fallow, in a state when “I should” changes into “I could want”. “I could want” takes place during a walk, a breakfast, when one is with others and when one is alone; when making sketches, when trying. In the contemporary rigour of art production and residencies, such moments barely exist.

This is why Repose refers to the distant, old cousin of residencies – A House of Creative Work. This place and situation exposes all the ambivalence of creative work; on the one hand, there is desistance, tearing the love for work away from one’s heart, on the other hand, there is the rest colonised by the spectre of work – a non-idle idleness. Repose is a need of suspension, but also of a non-obvious relation between work and a break, of suspension in the imposed rigour of the particular kind of production, work completed with a product, an action that can be ascribed to a particular person. Yet, we do all this with the awareness that what is productive and what is not productive remain a matter of agreement/negotiation. It is being captured in the circulation of work and “non-work”. 

In the course of two parts of the event, we shall rest, sketch and open to want. Repose is two-part session of non-activity (non-labour). The first part will take place between 16 and 21 June in an abandoned forest café – in the green areas near Krakow. The second one (26–29 June) will be located near Nowy Sącz, in the vicinity of a yacht quay, founded and run by a community – as I would call them – a DIY movement. 

Invited artists: Freja Bäckman, Paweł Brożyński, Cristina David, Krzysztof Maniak, Mateusz Kula, Rudolf Samohejl, Jaro Varga.

More / credits

Mateusz Kula

Visual artist, interested in the expressions of the middle-class culture, the grey area of pop culture and criticism of ideology

Krzysztof Maniak

Author of films, photography, and performances.

Cristina David

Contemporary artist based in Bucharest.

Rudolf Samohejl

He creates sculptural situations.

Marta Kudelska

Curator, the author of art criticism.