Woven Session #4: Outside observer

Iwona Zając & Olia Fedorova

Does activism have to always be direct and obvious?

Often artists face the urge to respond to the problem and at the same time remain distanced. The more painful is the problem, the more emotional resources needed to stay outside. Current abortion law in Poland has actualized the need to reflect on methods and languages artists use in order to address the political issue.

Guilt, pressure, personal choice, private VS public, expectations and power – what it takes to remain distanced outside observer for artists in times of crisis? Artists with great experience of being outside (in both meanings) will talk about it in this woven session.

Olia Fedorova (Kharkiv, Ukraine) and Iwona Zając (Gdańsk, Poland) will touch the themes of artistic observation of the current events, emotional involvement and withdrawal from sensitive subjects, societal pressure to react on important topics and much more. Welcome to the relaxed conversation on painful topic.

Join us to hear and learn, what it’s like to be an outside observer with an ability and power to speak up, or stay silent.