“Skarpa. Reactivation! Politics, culture, recreation” was a series of artistic interventions – land art objects, site-specific objects, and performances – all taking place within Marshall Rydz-Śmigły park in Warsaw – inspired by history, architecture, and purpose from the previous century.
Warsaw Embankment is an area of exceptional importance and potential. The very fact that such a place on the cultural map of the capital is still poorly used, is a good reason to think about reactivating this space. The project was designed to start the process of giving back the space, that is currently „culturally and recreationaslly frozen” to the people and creating favourable conditions for developing social and cultural life.
An invitation to a journey through an interesting section of the Embankment is a footbridge over Książęca street. Passing experience of being for a while in a moving image can become the very beginning of fascinating exploration of the park and discovering relationships between power, culture and leisure.
After opening of the project there was a meeting with artists and the curator from the Center for Contemprary Art Ujazdowski Castle.
Project lasted from 9th of July 2011 till 27th of August.
Authors of the project: Justyna Wencel and Marcin Chomicki.
Photographs by Aleksander Janas, Mikołaj Bibański, Tomasz Kwiatkowski.
Film promoting the projekt:
Media about us (only in Polish):
There was a radio broadcast about the project on Radio Poland Channel Four ("Czwórka"):
Kulturowy szok w przestrzeni miejskiej.
We invite you to read the catalogue presenting the project:
The project realized thanks to the City of Warsaw.