A participant of the Belarusian Spring residency project watched the process of pandemic frostbite. When Ulyana came to Wrocław, cultural institutions such as art galleries, museums and workshop spaces were closed. The first walks around Wrocław consisted of visiting parks, streets and the most interesting locations of Przedmieście Oławskie, as well as the sites of institutions. Fortunately, at the beginning of May, as the weather improved slightly, culture opens their doors. Belarusian artist managed to see the current exhibitions at BWA Wrocław Główny, BWA SiC Gallery, Openheim, Engraver’s House and the 19th MEDIA ART BIENNALE WRO 2021 REVERSO.
In the neon backyard of the Reception, on May 18, the AIR Wro team organized an open-air artist talk with the public devoted to the works of Belarusian artists: Ulyana Nevzorova, Alesi Maisei and Dmitry Doroshenko. The residents also visited the College of Eastern Europe, and Laurynas Vaičiūnas showed them around its premises.
During open conversations the topic of art in the city and its role in Wrocław and Minsk appeared very strongely, but also activities involving communities and neighborhoods. It is worth mentioning that during these few weeks Ulyana was constantly thinking about the activities that were a gesture of support for Belarus. In her work, the artist often refers to topics related to the violation of human rights in Belarus, moreover, her civic attitude is closely related to art-activist activity. In Minsk, she made murals and performances. While participating in an artistic project in the capital of Lower Silesia, she kept in touch and helped her countrymen and family. No wonder then that her residence was inspired by the design of a mural that was painted over in Minsk. However, the organizers hope that in the future it will be possible to implement it on one of Wrocław’s walls, garages or tenement houses in Przedmieście Oławskie.
The Belarusian Spring continues. The residential project at the Komuny Paryskiej 45 Workshop currently hosts Dmitry Doroshenko, who will be discovering the urban fabric and working on the Trójkąt district for the next four weeks.