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July 19 - October 13, 2024

group exhibition


Curatorial team: Emilia Orzechowska and Stach Szabłowski, Joanna Stembalska (BWA Wrocław), Alicja Jodko and Mariusz Jodko (Entropia Gallery)

Production: Natalia Barczyńska, Natalia Budzińska, Monika Łuszpak-Skiba, Agata Połeć

Coordination: Joanna Stembalska

Promotion: Joanna Glinkowska, Juliusz Pawłowski

Visual identification: Klementyna Epa, Fabien Lédé

Exhibition set design: Fabien Lédé

Organisers: BWA Wrocław Galleries of Contemporary Art, New Horizons Association

Partners: Entropia Gallery, Krupa Art Foundation


KROKI / STEPS is an artistic project about walking. About the practice, philosophy, culture, politics and art of walking. Three galleries – Studio BWA Wrocław, Entropia Gallery and Krupa Gallery – will show works that reflect on walking, or document the practice of wandering on foot. Artistic scenarios for individual walks, strolls and expeditions within the city will also be offered.

When we walk, the horizon of our experience is defined by the distance we are able to cover on our own feet. The collective exhibition KROKI / STEPS refers to the conceptual and performative foundations of the contemporary reflection on walking in art – from the motif of pilgrimage, through political steps, to walking in the aspect of the migration crisis. From walks in the virtual world to steps leading towards nature. Divided between three galleries located within a close (walking) distance to each other, the exhibition includes film documentation of performances, installations, objects, photographs and even a computer game. Strolling through the brushwood (Krzysztof Maniak), pilgrimages between metropolises (Robert Kuśmirowski), walking along a drying river (Mikołaj Szpaczyński) or crossing a city with a gun (Francis Alys) – these are just some of the diverse forms and meanings of walking on display.

The act of walking does not require any technology. A walker does not leave a carbon footprint. Walking is the most primal and timeless form of man’s relationship with space. The pace at which humans walk has remained constant throughout history, i.e. since our ancestors adopted an upright posture and began walking on two legs. The acceleration of the pace of life, work, consumption and information has not changed it, nor have technological developments. Walking does not occupy the mind but despite this, or rather precisely because of this, it leaves room for thinking – hence its close relationship with philosophising. “Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord”, writes Rebecca Solnit in her book Wanderlust. A History of Walking. In turn, Friedrich Nietzsche – who calls the “patience of the buttocks” a sin against the Holy Spirit – urges in Ecce Homo: “Sit as little as possible”. The philosopher, himself a seasoned and passionate walker, recommended that no thought born in stillness should be trusted. So if there is a path on which to find the broken connections between mind and body, as well as body and the Others – the environment and nature – then the path must be walked.

The project – part of the Art Scene of the mBank New Horizons festival – refers to the film programme dedicated to walking. It is no coincidence: after all, the cinematic history begins with an image of walking people, Lumière Brothers’ Workers Exiting the Factory.


Artists: Francis Alys, Zuza Dolega, Entropia Gallery, Karolina Freino, Marcin Harlender, Hiwa K., Krystyna Jędrzejewska-Szmek and Hamza Aqrabawi, Alicja Jodko and Mariusz Jodko, Zofia Krawiec, Igor Krenz and Wojciech Niedzielko, Piotr Kopik, Jerzy Kosałka, Robert Kuśmirowski, Zbigniew Libera, Krzysztof Maniak, Honorata Martin, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Tomasz Opania, Piotr Pawlak, Joanna Pawlik, Yvonne Rainer and Sara Wookey, Total Refusal, Józef Robakowski, Irmina Rusicka, Mikołaj Szpaczyński, Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk, Joanna Wojsiat (formerly Podgórska), Zorka Wollny, Vova Vorotniov, Auguste Marie Louis Lumière and Louis Jean Lumière

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