A Walk Down Memory Lane
March 3, 2014
Paintings evoking the distinct, multicultural atmosphere of Warsaw’s Grochów neighborhood will be on show at the Test Gallery in Warsaw this April.
Entitled Rondo Wiatraczna (Wiatraczna Traffic Circle), the pictures were painted by Warsaw-based artist Ewa Miazek and are part of a larger painting project entitled The City. Working on the paintings, Miazek was inspired by Warsaw’s largest traffic circle, located in the Grochów neighborhood, east of the Vistula River. In her pictures, Miazek explores her memories and feelings tied with Grochów, where she was born and raised. Miazek says her fond memories of the area and the attachment she feels to it prompted her to depict Grochów in her work.
“I have lots of memories connected with Grochów, both good, funny and scary ones,” Miazek says. “The story of the place is told through memories I have of each house. These tiny stories and the emotions they bring are like a patina that forms over the cityscape I see.”
Grochów and the area around the Wiatraczna Traffic Circle are where houses built before World War II, each with a history of its own, stand next to communist buildings and new high rises like those seen in Western Europe. Nearby is a bazaar where three-quarters of the stall owners have come from the Caucasus to sell wares that smell and taste of distant lands. Grochów has become home to many immigrants from the Far East and there are kebab joints and booths with Chinese and Vietnamese food on virtually every corner. A variety of languages can be heard as the locals talk on their cell phones. “It’s the East and the West with their contrasting colors, often reduced to just black and white,” says Miazek.
Miazek is a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. She has had her work exhibited in numerous individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad and her paintings are part of many private collections.
April 2-30; Test Gallery
Mazovian Culture and Art Center; 34/50 Marszałkowska St.