Swojskie Tropiki

The Polish Tropical Pavilion

Field: Visual arts

Within the framework of the Culture of Mobility programme,  artistic duo Swojskie Tropiki – Adam Martyniak and Karolina Włodek – took part the non-commercial contemporary art fair "Supermarket 2019 Stockholm Independent Art Fair" once again.

"Supermarket" is an international, non-commercial contemporary art fair presenting unique ideas, interesting galleries and design spaces, as well as groups and initiatives of artists from all over the world. Thanks to the intensive programme of events, the participants of the "Supermarket" have the opportunity to learn about innovative solutions in the field of cultural and artistic self-organisation and to establish cooperation with artists from all over the world, as well as to present their own activities on the international stage.

Swojskie Tropiki used WC cabin and a caravan parked in front of the Art Fair to present their projects.  In the toilet, cabin was presented a work titled "Sea breeze".

The second activity was the Polish Tropical Pavilion.  The Polish Tropical Pavilion (PPT) is a 44-year-old caravan Niewiadów N126. Its interior also shows an exotic character. The walls were covered with wallpaper depicting colourful parrots in palm leaves, which were laid by previous users of the caravan. Probably illustrating in this way their longing for the experience of exotic nature.

The first collective exhibition in the Pavilion, created together with Joanna Kobyłt, presents works by artists referring in their activity to the nostalgia for heat, exoticism and prosperity visible in the native landscape. It also tells the story of an unfulfilled dream about Polish overseas colonies.

Who took part in the trip:

Karolina Włodek – a graduate of Mediation of Art at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wrocław and Painting at the Fine Arts College in Kazimierz Dolny. Author of collages, installations and creative projects ("DADA-baba" 2016; "Kombinat Budowlany" 2016; "Summer Residence in Gardzienice" 2014; "DomoFonia - intercom installation as a space of artistic activity” 2014). Co-founder of Wykwit, in which she runs the artistic group called Layers. In her work, she often participates in collective initiatives. Karolina is interested in everyday life and likes it when private life mixes with art; at work, she often engages in activities related to local communities.

Adam Martyniak – author of swampy paintings and conceptual, often humorous, objects and site-specific installation. Between 2013 and 2015 the supervisor of the MD_S Gallery in Wrocław. The organiser of nearly 30 exhibitions, also as an author or a co-author of the programme, such as "ZŁOrzeczy" 2014, "Wiedza Niewiedzy" 2014, "Grząski Grunt" 2014, "We’re Coming to Conquer You" 2014, "Martwy Sezon" 2014, "Przymusowa Praca" 2015. In 2016, as the internal curator of the SURVIVAL Art Review, he co-created the "Kostka Bauma" project. He studied Painting at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wrocław.

Agata Lankamer – a graduate of painting at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wrocław. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Trainee at Ekkisens Art Space in Reykjavik. She creates with the use of various media such as video, performative actions, installations or painting. He is interested in new problems of reality - from cyberfeminism to mass culture - so he does not have a specific model of his activities. Together with the Group, he runs an independent gallery in Wrocław, where he deals with curatorial work and promotion of the initiative. He co-organizes the Festival of the Deconstruction of the Word Read! in Częstochowa.

Curatorial support for the project:

Joanna Kobyłt – art historian and critic, curator of exhibitions, former editor of the magazine BIURO, author of texts on art. She wrote for magazines: Obieg, Szum, Dwutygodnik, Architektura i Biznes. She has cooperated with the Wrocław Contemporary Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the IN SITU Foundation. Currently, she works at BWA Wrocław.