Ewa Zwarycz, “Broken Mirror”

We invite you to the exhibition of the Wroclaw artist Ewa Zwarycz in the street gallery Szewska (July 2 – August 20) in the gallery of Geppert’s apartment (July 15 – August 19).



The essence of Ewa Zwarycz’s project lies in the sphere of emotions and psyche. In particular, it concerns the struggle with depression, loss of energy and vitality, the ensuing sense of loneliness and alienation and different ways of dealing with it, and finally the fear of social rejection in a seemingly perfect world of healthy and happy people created by the media.

Broken Mirror by Ewa Zwarycz consists of a series of works in which the artist critically approaches her work to date by addressing the notion of life experience, understood both as a burden and medium.

The constituent material or matter of Zwarycz’s works is a carrier of meaning as well as an object undergoing transformation, used by the artist as a metaphor for an endless labyrinth in which our individual identity can be lost and found. When viewed from a certain perspective, this maze-like entanglement of corridors forms a pattern that resembles a net, veil or chain mail, i.e. something that offers protection, but which may also become a tool of self-oppression. It should therefore come as no surprise that the material making up the net-armour is actually a pin – a small, prickly object that may cause pain and, when reproduced so many times, creates an enormous burden.

photo: Małgorzata Kujda

The self-portrait and the motif of the house are also figures of transformation. Fragments of old, disliked paintings form a ghostly image intended to capture that which was, is and perhaps will be. Despite their small size, the lumps evoking the shape of the artist’s family home, made from pressed canvases, old and unwanted, ash – the last stage of memories written on paper, and objects that used to be important for her, become as heavy as monuments: to disappointment, anger, nostalgia, and finally acceptance.

photo: Małgorzata Kujda

Broken Mirror is a kaleidoscope of afterimages, flashes and impossible wholes. Of challenges, taken up or not, seemingly minor wounds and tedious realisations. It is also an alchemical procedure, in which ever more noble states are forged out of the matter of everyday life.

Szewska Gallery:

Project co-financed by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Wrocław.

The exhibition will consist of documentation of objects and sculptures, in which the selection of material is the most important carrier of meaning.

Szewska Gallery
Szewska 27, 50-139 Wrocław
opening hours: 24/7

Mieszkanie Gepperta Gallery:

The exhibition will consist of objects, in which the selection of material is the most important carrier of meaning.

The gallery is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Due to the ongoing epidemic, prior registration is necessary: zapisy@arttransparent.org.

Mieszkanie Gepperta Gallery
ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 1/2, 50-069 Wrocław
opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
prior registration required: zapisy@arttransparent.org

contact: fundacja@arttransparent.org

photo: Małgorzata Kujda


08/05/2021 | 15:00-18:00 – curatorial tour with Michał Bieniek

09/08/2021 | 13:00 – BAW! Baby Art Walk – meeting with artist Ewa Zwarycz for parents and carers with children

09/08/2021 | 15:00 – SAW! Senior Art Walk – meeting with artist Ewa Zwarycz for seniors and seniors

ATTENTION! Please contact us at the following address: zapisy@arttransparent.org

Ewa Zwarycz

fot. Katarzyna Kaleta

Visual artist, painter, educator.

She works with various media, mainly painting, but also creates illustrations, installations and objects. Her artistic interests oscillate around issues relegated to social and cultural margins, that which is rejected, driven out, inconvenient, taboo. She takes up the subject of interpersonal relations, human psyche, man’s existence in the world, including the virtual one, with an emphasis on social media, advertising, image and contemporary categories of beauty.

She graduated in Painting from the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (2007). She has also completed three-year vocational studies at the University of Opole in the field of Artistic Education (1999-2002).

She has received scholarships of the Mayor of Wrocław (2020), the Marshal of Lower Silesia (2008) and the Mayor of Strasbourg (France, 2006). A participant in the Plovdiv2019 European Capital of Culture residency programme (Bulgaria, 2018), a study visit to Rome, (Mobile Culture, Artist-In-Residence AIR Wro programme, 2017), a residency at Kulturdrogerie in Vienna (2015) and Socrates-Erasmus student exchange at Ecole Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs De Strasbourg (France, 2006).

She has had several individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad and participated in numerous group exhibitions as well as art reviews and symposia. Since 2018, she has co-created the Punkt Widzenia artistic initiative in Wrocław, in which she prepares and conducts regular classes and workshops, focusing mainly on working with women.

The project is co-financed with funds from the scholarship of the Municipality of Wrocław

The public task “CONDUCTING SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES – ‘GEPPERT OPEN STUDIO’ – Geppert Open Studio 2021” is co-financed from the funds received from the Municipality of Wrocław | www.wroclaw.pl