MEETING WITH THE CURATOR JOANNA WARSZA (WARSAW, POLAND)
On June 17, 2009 in the conference hall of the A.P.Tchekhov library a meeting with the director of the Laura Palmer Foundation Joanna Warsza (Warsaw, Poland) was held in the framework of the educational program of the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA.
The Laura Palmer Foundation is an independent non-profit organization. It was established in 2007 by curator and artist Joanna Warsza.
The Foundation operates on the verge of fiction and reality. Borrowing its name from the central character whose absence organizes the action of David Lynch’s movie «Twin Peaks“, the collective produces actions, conceptual exhibitions, participation events, staged situations and performances. Incorporating real life and fictitious or staged events, confronting experience and its representation, the Laura Palmer Foundation treats curating as an art form.
The Foundation focuses predominantly on public spaces and the research of shifts happening within them. Curators are particularly interested in an abandoned sports complex in the centre of Warsaw — “10th Anniversary Stadium». This soviet-timed architectural object which has a capacity of 100000 people ceased its sports activities in the early 1990-s. It became then gradually destroyed and gave birth to an open-air market surrounding it which created a kind of «a city within a city“ known as Jarmark Evropa.
During the meeting Joanna Warsza presented Foundation’s projects dedicated to this place in Warsaw and special edition “10th Anniversary Stadium. A place that has never existed» (2008).
The projects implemented by the Laura Palmer Foundation have been recognized by various cultural and art institutions, thus, «Gazeta Wyborcza», the Kultura TV channel and the cultural magazine «Aktivist» rated the project «A trip to Asia» as the Best Project 2007.
More info about the Laura Palmer Foundation at http://www.laura-palmer.pl/