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Mystic Writing Pads
March 29, 2012   
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Znikopisy (Mystic Writing Pads), an exhibition of work by Karolina Freino, is the last in a series of exhibitions entitled Room with a View which the Projekt Kordegarda gallery in Warsaw started in 2007.

Artists featured in the exhibitions came up with different takes on public areas, Warsaw and the district around the gallery. Freino, who hails from Wrocław in southwestern Poland, has been touring the world in search of interesting local settings and situations which she then translates into the language of art by employing various techniques. The exhibition at the Projekt Kordegarda gallery comprises a selection of works and projects by Freino from different periods and different locations, including Israel, Germany, Poland and Kenya. Freino focuses on seemingly insignificant details which, when moved slightly or when something extra is added, turn out to have a major impact on space and make for a subtle and ironic social comment.

In her Elevation Above Everyday Existence project, Freino designed visualizations in which the project’s title is projected onto the roofs of a modernist residential estate called Schillerpark in Berlin. The intention is for the words to be seen on satellite photographs and by passengers aboard planes taking off from Tegel Airport. Freino makes a reference in her project to Berlin’s postwar history, especially the Berlin Airlift, which linked West Berlin to the rest of the Western Bloc.

Along with Freino’s earlier works, the exhibition features the artist’s new projects which deal with the gallery itself and its surroundings. The gallery building was designed by Zygmunt Stępiński who also designed the Skarpa movie theater, pulled down in 2008. The site is now occupied by the Foksal Residences, which opened in February this year. The transforming cityscape has inspired Freino to produce a collection of objects and videos which are now on display at the Projekt Kordegarda gallery and serve as ironic commentary on changes which have been taking place in the architecture of Polish cities.

Until April 9
Projekt Kordegarda, 3 Gałczyńskiego St.
tel. 22 826-01-36, www.zacheta.art.pl
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