HOSPITALITY-TO-THE-OTHER (PL: GOŚCINNOŚĆ)
neon (various shades of blue), installation (50 x 140 cm + 50 x 240 cm)
work exhibited on the 16th-century Crown Tribunal in Lublin’s Town Square, PL
as part of the 11th FESTIVAL OF ART IN PUBLIC SPACE „OPEN CITY”
curators: Paweł Leszkowicz and Tomasz Kitliński
The neon installation is based on a linguistic ambiguity: the title in Polish means HOSPITALITY, but when divided into two words, it means GUEST and OTHERNESS. The work refers to the matter of openness to another human being, especially in the context of social and political situation in Poland in 2019, regarding foreigners, refugees, dissenters and strangers in general. I want to remind that we are all migrants to some degree. Poles has been severely affected over the centuries, and many families carry a wandering tale. This reflection can help us to look more empathetically at people who are fleeing poverty and violence. And also change attitudes towards all „others”: minorities, the weak, the sick or the excluded.
created with support of local neon company