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Art and Gardening
September 28, 2012   
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Allotment plots and gardening are at the center of an interactive installation by young Polish artist Jasmina Wójcik on display at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

The installation addresses the problem of greenery in the cityscape and people’s right to make use of their allotment plots and gardens inside cities.

The artist explores the extent to which people undergo degeneration if they are deprived of contact with nature.

The installation features a series of drawings under the collective title “Allotment Garden.” It contains scenes from allotment plots the artist remembers from her childhood and images related to gardening.

Wójcik aims to show gardening as an art. Next to her drawings, she has arranged a veritable garden: a greenhouse in which a variety of useful plants germinate, grow, bloom and bear fruit.

Since interaction with the audience and the exchange of experiences are the basic tenets of Wójcik’s art, she encourages all those interested to help her tend this ephemeral garden by taking care of individual seedlings. Those who manage to keep their seedling alive will be able to take their plant home after the exhibition ends.

Additionally, in the underground part of the gallery, the artist has arranged a “shrine” for reflecting on the beauty of nature. She has also prepared special aroma-and-sound concoctions for viewers as an antidote to big-city stresses and strains.

until Oct. 21

Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego Sq., tel. 22 827-58-54
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: noon – 8 p.m.
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