Marta Wódz fot. Michal Moniuszko

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21. Marta Wódz, Navigation Exercises, 2019


audiovisual installation

Tatiana Kamieniecka: choreography
Sensitive World Foundation: co-operation

Bema Park in Siedlce was established in the late 1960s in place of an evangelical cemetery more than 100 years its senior. After the necropolis was redeveloped in 1964, trees growing along its former paths remained the only spatial reference points. According to oral accounts, they served as fragments of a cartographic grid for the then inhabitants of Gdańsk: with the help of this particular system of coordinates – following particular sequences of steps measured on the basis of individual trees – they were able to find the locations of former graves.

During NARRACJE, members of the local dance group “Salsa” will turn into virtual guides around the park. The exercises they prepared with the artist can be seen as a choreography of losing oneself and navigating around the space. Instructions communicated in the ‘Chinese whispers’ style lead us towards unverifiable goals; by combining and modifying various narratives, they allow us to juxtapose a bird’s-eye view, which offers an illusion of order, with bottom-up attempts at treading our own paths on the map.


Marta Wódz is a visual artist, graduate of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is currently working in the field of visual culture as part of further studies at the University of Warsaw and KU Leuven. Since 2018, she has directed film materials for the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Wódz received an award at the ShowOff Section of the Kraków Photomonth Festival (2018) and made it to the finals of Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award (2018) and Hestia Artistic Journey (2017).



St. Barbara’s Cemetery

The park named after the patron of the nearby street, Józef Bem, could as well be called St. Barbara’s Park – after all, it used to be a cemetery named after the patron saint of miners and good death. The necropolis, consecrated in 1869, was the final resting place for residents of the far-off Długie Ogrody. Three longitudinal and four intersecting avenues were delineated on the four hectare plot and planted with trees. A belfry was built here in 1925 and equipped with a bell from 1626 to add a more solemn character to ceremonial funerals. The cemetery was closed down in 1946 and turned into a park 20 years later. Today, the past nature of this place is indicated by avenues of old linden and chestnut trees – under which, according to belief, the deceased are deep in peaceful slumber.

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21. Marta Wódz, Navigation Exercises, 2019

Bema Park

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