ARTIFAKE TALK: art in the face of disinformation and media manipulation in Poland and Ukraine

We invite you to a discussion on the phenomenon of fake news and media manipulation in Poland and Ukraine.

ARTIFAKE (Art Invades Fakes) is a trans-regional project carried out in Poland, Ukraine and Armenia, whose aim is to encourage conscious reception of media messages and a critical approach to disinformation and fake news. It uses art in public space to study propaganda mechanisms.

We would like to invite you to take part in the discussion ARTIFAKE – Art Invades Propaganda, which will take place at the Mieszkanie Gepperta gallery in Wrocław on 21 October 2021 at 5 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting, which will be moderated by Radio RAM journalist Maciek Przestalski, is to discuss the phenomenon of fake news and media manipulation in Poland and Ukraine.

The discussion will be attended by:


Olga Popovych is a historian, commentator of Ukrainian politics, Russian information warfare and Polish-Ukrainian relations. Member of the Board of the “Our Choice” Foundation, in which she is responsible for media issues and projects. She was a trainer of an international workshop for journalists (the Foundation was one of the partners of the project “Deconstruction. KGB Archives for the Media,” carried out by the Centre for Research of the Liberation Movement, Ukraine). Editor-in-chief of Ukrainian Almanach, a popular science yearly. 

photo: Karolina Domańska

Przemysław Witkowski is a journalist, columnist, academic lecturer, researcher of political extremisms and conspiracy theories. Author of books, including Chwała Supermanom. Ideologia a popkultura [Long live Supermen. Ideology and pop culture] (2017) and Laboratorium przemocy. Polityczna historia Romów [Laboratory of violence. The political history of the Romani] (2020). Assistant professor at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.

Artists participating in the project:

Liliana Zeic (Piskorska) is a visual artist, doctor of fine arts. In her practice she analyses social problems from a feminist-queer perspective; she is interested in queerism and non-heteronormativity, drawing on her experiences of growing up in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

photo: Alicja Kielan

Paweł Kulczyński, also known as Wilhelm Bras / Lautbild, is a musician, experimenter and sound artist who has organised outdoor concerts, created sound installations and written theatre music in cooperation with institutions from Poland and abroad. He has performed at festivals such as Unsound, Sacrum Profanum, CTM Festival. He creates avant-garde electronic music at the intersection of genres, using an unidentifiable idiom and flirting with a niche club culture.

Alicja Patanowska is a potter, artist and designer. She responds to the escalating chaos of consumption by basing her work on the personal involvement of the audience in the process of creating an artefact. She has participated in over 100 international exhibitions, and her products can be bought in places such as the Shanghai Museum of Glass and TATE Modern in London.

Marcin Sawiński specialises in data engineering and analysis. He has been cooperating with the University of Economics in Poznań for several years, conducting research projects in the field of data science. He is particularly interested in applying modern technologies to protect the common good and non-profit activities.

Project curators:

photo: Andrzej Sieńkowski

Michał Bieniek is an artist and curator, president of the Art Transparent Contemporary Art Foundation, founder and general curator of the SURVIVAL Art Review and head of the Mieszkanie Gepperta contemporary art gallery. As part of the Wrocław 2016 European Capital of Culture, he implemented over a hundred projects – exhibitions, educational activities, interventions in public space, and others.

photo: Małgorzata Kujda

Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz is a curator and art historian specialising in contemporary and neo-avant-garde art. Her most recent projects concern issues such as nationalism and far-right politics, art ecology, countercultural networks, and art and feminism in the art of Central and Eastern Europe. She has received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she defended a thesis on art networks in Poland in the 1970s. Currently, she cooperates with the Art Transparent Foundation and Motel Spatie (NL).


Maciek Przestalski is a journalist of Radio RAM and Radio Wrocław Kultura, where he hosts programmes about music, visual arts and new technologies.

Works by Paweł Kulczyński, Liliana Zeic, Alicja Patanowska and Marcin Sawiński present the phenomenon of fake news in a broader socio-historical context. What is particularly important is their accessibility – all the projects have been situated in characteristic points of Wrocław, showing contemporary art and its messages outside the gallery walls.


? Paweł Kulczyński, 2+2=5

? Liliana Zeic (Piskorska), Summer Has Completely Come Today 

? Alicja Patanowska and Marcin Sawiński, Fake News Archive

The ARTIFAKE project is carried out by Internews-Ukraine in partnership with the Association of Audiovisual Reporters (Armenia) and the Art Transparent Foundation (Poland) with financial support from the Creative Europe Programme, International Renaissance Foundation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland.

It is co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund – a special-purpose state fund.