On 9th of May the artistic team of the project vistited the prisoners. It was an inspiration for discussions regarding questions of isolation, closure and personal development whilst in seclusion. Underpinning these workshops was the desire to uncover and develop creative means for survival, taking initiative and finding the inspiration to create and to rebuild in whatever space one occupies.
Audio recording from artists visit in the Prison in Służew area in Warsaw, May 2014
Wolka Kosovska is a phenomenon, not only because there are working many foreigners from Vietnam, China and Turkey, who create unique multinational trade center, but also because foreigners live here, build families and send their children to kindergartens and schools nearby. On one of the streets appears billboard advertising a new housing estate, showing the faces of the Vietnamese family.
Shopping centers in Wolka Kosovska mainly consists of Chinese, Vietnamese and Turkish part. All three are multilevel buildings divided into shops, mainly clothing. The primary means of transportation is a kick scooter on which the goods are placed to express conveyance. To the bottom of the kick scooter is nailed piece of wood, where you can put up even a big cardboard box.
In Chinese and Vietnamese parts of trade center are working a lot of teenagers. They are riding on kick scooters in all directions, but their faces are motionless, don’t show emotions. Maybe if we decode writings in Chinese and Vietnamese in elevators, perhaps we will found out what is their attitude to Wolka, their work, and perhaps even to the Poles themselves.
From the end of September 2013 goes on the meetings of research workshops in former venue of the Beyond Borders Foundation at Górskiego 3/17 Street. The participants visit and interview the rappresentatives of the cultural and religion minorities living in Warsaw, as well as they will get to know Warsaw in the eyes of foreigners living in the capital. They collect materials – interviews, photographic, videos – which will be used in the performance and become an inspiration to work with international artists during the creative workshops in May and December in the National Ethnographic Museum.
The State Ethnographic Museum was involved in the anthropological and cultural research of the project identifying the migrant districts most appropriate for the realisation of the project in Warsaw. In the first part of the project in Warsaw in May 2014 The Museum was the place of creative workshops for migrants with the artistic team and final installation and preformance “Miranda gazes upon the sea”.
Final of the City Ghettos of Today will held on January 2015.