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Time & Location
About The Event
IZA RUTKOWSKA [PL]
The All Residents Yard
26.01. - 13.02. 2017
In summer 2015 a 7-meter long Hedgehog was appearing on one of backyards in Wroclaw (Poland) for several weeks. A large-scale, inflatable toy designed by Iza Rutkowska was to help with an integration activities realized in Triangle - a neighborhood infamous for a neglected condition of apartment buildings and their pathological tenants. The Hedgehog with its thirty soft spines became a platform for meetings, workshops and activities initiated by the artist. Gradually it was transforming a commonplaceness of residents of the yard, who wanted to make it feel at home. One year after the first meeting, thanks to crowdfunding, the artist took the children together with the Hedgehog on holidays to the Rehabilitation Centre for Hedgehogs in Klodzko, where the kids from Triangle played a role of animators and were organizing fun with the Hedgehog for children from a local orphanage.
After returning to the yard Rutkowska organized a contest, in which anyone could submit an idea of an action advantageous for the neighbors. A proposal to build a recreational and sport complex in the backyard was a winner. The film The All Residents Yard tells about the process of the competition and the realization of the winning idea.
Iza Rutkowska: Polish artist, founder of the The Forms and Shapes Foundation. By giving new forms and shapes to the reality she turns sites into places where one can interact with art. Likewise, she creates interdisciplinary projects mobilizing dialogue between architects, gardeners, philosophers, musicians, graphic designers, farmers, cooks and physicists. She collaborated with the biggest Polish culture institutions such as The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The National Centre for Culture, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, The National Audiovisual Institute. She also worked for The Copernicus Science Centre and The Ministry of the Environment. She collaborated with many galleries and ngos in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Brazil and Portugal.