Galeria Labirynt (Labyrinth Gallery) is one of the largest centres of contemporary art in Eastern Poland established in 1969. The programme of the gallery features exhibitions, performances, lectures, conferences, meetings, concerts and an extensive educational activity. Galeria Labirynt presents not only prominent Polish artists, including - Miroslaw Balka, Katarzyna Kozyra or Zbigniew Libera, but also the most interesting emerging artists. We continue to feature the works of classics of the 70"s, present in our programme for 40 years including Natalia LL or VALIE EXPORT.
Galeria Labirynt has supported performance artists since the 70"s. One of the most important events in the history of Polish performance art was the international meeting of artists called “Performance and Body”, which was held in 1978. In subsequent years, artists from both Poland and abroad regularly performed in Galeria Labirynt. Performance art became one of the pillars of the gallery"s program, which has been focused on the presentation, documentation as well as education on performance art.
Within this area of activity, we organise a festival called Performance Platform Lublin, cyclic, more chamber-like Performance Art Meetings as well as individual shows. We host artists with an established reputation, as well as those just starting their career. We organise workshops with renowned artists (e.g. Alastair MacLennan, Jason Lim). We provide work environment for students and professors from Poland and abroad (e.g. Nigel Rolfe – RCA London, Janusz Baldyga – UAP Poznań, Miroslaw Balka ASP Warsaw). We invite performance artists to participate in art residencies (e.g. Yaroslav Futymskyi, Angie Seah) and exhibitions (e.g. He Chengyao, Esther Ferrer, VALIE EXPORT).
Our presentation within the framework of Kyiv Art Week is a result of our experience in this area. We will show videos of performance artists presented in Galeria Labirynt over the past three decades and a new video installation based on the film Heart of Love about renowned Polish artists Wojciech Bakowski and Zuzanna Bartoszek.