exhibition of Kalina Bańka
curator: Mika Drozdowska
SIC! BWA Wrocław, Poland
Five years after her first solo show, we welcome Kalina Bańka again to SiC! BWA Wrocław gallery!
For several years the glass artist was preparing her doctorate, a degree she finally received in 2020. Looking at the present day, she deals with the important and very topical issue of emptiness. Or perhaps with its lack?
The emptiness refers to social and economic phenomena – excessive consumerism, the universal problem of information overflow, and the need for accumulation.
The issue of compulsive accumulation, or pathological hoarding, scientifically known as syllogomania, is the main narrative axis of Kalina Bańka’s upcoming exhibition Everything Will Come in Handy. It will be a story of an endless number of collected objects, an ephemeral matter of the physical world, and psychosocial instability.
Moving smoothly from commenting on the current global reality to private narration, the artist ventures to carry out a very private and sentimental project. Kalina’s grandmother is its main protagonist, as well as the deep, bittersweet relationship with her, resulting from the aforementioned condition – compulsive hoarding. The artist’s guide in her childhood and adolescence, who introduced her to the world of nature, carelessness, and sense of here and now, so desirable today, stimulates her to analyze her creative process, make an attempt to restrain the accumulation of thoughts, artistic strategies and currently employed forms of expression.
However, every change is a process requiring time and determination. Old habits die hard, they are often compulsive and addictive. The artist’s long-established creative process has been subjected to experimentation. The results will soon be seen at Wrocław’s SIC! BWA gallery.
set design cooperation: Hubert Kielan
photos: Alicja Kielan
film about the exhibition: Dzikie Studio
producer: Iwona Kałuża