The images used in “Covid Playgrounds” were taken in Warsaw during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown (April 2020), when several restrictions on the use of public space and social distancing were introduced to protect the public health.
Using the model of the popular children street game hopscotch (and incorporating “heaven” and “hell” fields which are typical elements to the Polish version of the game), Post Noviki explores the ironic, yet frightening development of the public space during a pandemic.
The work invites the viewer to contemplate on how COVID-19 will affect the way we use and perceive the public space and what the future of urban planning and city design in a post-COVID-19 world could be.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Post Noviki is a studio established by Marcin Nowicki and Katarzyna Nestorowicz, based in Warsaw, Poland.
Studio’s signature is a post critical approach to graphic design and the idea of constant redefining the borders of wide-ranging practice.
P-Noviki create works across various media, generally in close dialogue with artists and curators.
P-Noviki projects have been published, in IDPure, Slanted, Introducing Culture Identities (Gestalten), Pretty Ugly (Gestalten), It’s Nice That. They have served as external consultants at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. They lectured at art schools and universities across Europe and Asia, run workshops at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, displayed their commissioned and self-initiated project both in museums of contemporary art as well as graphic design shows, blurring boundaries between the disciplines.
Covid Playgrounds is a part of The Virtual Canvas online exhibition.