Karolina Jaklewicz | Marzena Sadocha, „STATE OF EMERGENCY”

A new exhibition at the Mieszkanie Gepperta gallery and the Szewska gallery

11.02 – 10.03.2022
curator: Michał Bieniek
Galeria Mieszkanie Gepperta
Ofiar Oświęcimskich 1/2, 50-069 Wrocław
opening hours:
Monday, Thursday 15:00-18:00
Wednesday 11:00-18:00
11.02 (Friday) 15:00-18:00
contact: fundacja@arttransparent.org
event: here

Due to the ongoing epidemic, prior registration is necessary: zapisy@arttransparent.org. Entrance to the Mieszkanie Gepperta gallery from the courtyard (please ring the intercom at number 2).

We also invite you for walks along the street gallery at ul. Szewska as part of the accompanying exhibition:

Galeria Szewska
Szewska 27, 50-139 Wrocław
opening hours: round the clock

The project entitled State of Emergency is an artistic reaction to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. Artists Karolina Jaklewicz and Marzena Sadocha collaborated for the first time during the Polish Hospitality exhibition in 2019. The presentation critically analysed the myth of Polish openness by reflecting on the 2016 refugee crisis and the growth of homophobia and intolerance in Poland. After a few years, the problem has become even more acute. The violation of human rights and complicity in the death of refugees bother many people, including artists who act like seismographs, detecting all vibrations of the social fabric of the world.The exhibition will include a series of paintings by Karolina Jaklewicz, which is a reaction to the humanitarian crisis of recent months. A parallel part of the exhibition will be the premiere of the video State of Emergency by Marzena Sadocha, written in response to the refugee situation. Mariusz Bąkowski (actor of Wrocław Contemporary Theatre) will take part in the recording; written and directed by: Marzena Sadocha, camera: Michał Marek.


Karolina Jaklewicz is an artist, curator, lecturer, author of texts on art. In 2020 she made her debut as a prose writer with the book Jaśmina Berezy. A graduate of the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, originator and curator of the “Fresh Blood” Young Art Review. In her last exhibition, Winning the War Is a Shame, she opposed the glorification of war and violence; in Paradise Unlost (2021), she raised the problem of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, the cradle of European civilization; in the series Father Is Coming (2021), she critically addressed the patriarchy and supported the women’s revolution. Her earlier projects, Consequences (2018) and My Sacrum Hurts (2019), warned against the fascization of social life. In the curatorial project Polish Hospitality at Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2019), she confronted the myth of Polish openness with the current attitude towards Others.

Marzena Sadocha – a playwright at Teatr Polski in Wrocław (2008–2016), editor of Notatnik Teatralny, PhD student at the University of Lower Silesia (performance studies), recipient of the scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, of the Capital City of Warsaw, and of the ZAiKS Polish Society of Authors and Composers, director of performances and plays. Laureate of playwriting competitions (main prize of the S. Wyspiański Silesian Theatre in Katowice in the drama category), author of radio dramas (main prize of the Z. Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw in the drama category). She regularly cooperates with many institutions, including the Pan Tadeusz Museum in Wrocław and Wrocław Contemporary Theatre.