The 2015 Katowice Street Art Festival tries to ask important and difficult questions about the future of our cities.
... The concept behind the mural talks about the dichotomy of things that can be both curative and harmful. For example, Zinc is a vital mineral but in large quantities it can be toxic. Using this principal as a metaphor for aspects of our daily life, we can find this duality of the remedy becoming the poison. On one wall we can see a zinc rock with the image of the factory burning in the center...
... On the other side facing the children’s self made park, there is a metal sculpture represented, with the the portrait of Uthemann, and across a landscape of three nearby lakes where the kids often go when there is good weather. This mural pays homage to working class and everyday people in Szopienice and elsewhere."
Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was born in Miami in 1986 to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father. He was raised in Spain from the age of three, where he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel Void has been in contact with graffiti writing since 1999. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and based himself in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides.
... ‘ZŁOTY’ reflects on the aspirations of the former residents and the region’s history of gradual decline following the collapse of the local mining industry. The title (literally translated as ‘golden’) is the name of Poland’s currency and refers to the gold wallpaper completely covering the abandoned residential building...
Ian Strange is an Australian artist exploring the phenomenon of suburbanization and the closure of residents in fenced villas. His work is a combination of film and photography documenting action in suburban neighborhoods. In his productions the artist examines how his radical changes in the appearance of houses affect small towns.
Mariusz Libel (born in 1978) is a representative of urban art. Twożywa co-founder (1998-2011) - the group that "attacks" the urban space with expressive and recognizable visual messages in the form of vignettes, templates, billboards, mural and posters. Currently Libel works alone, creating projects from the borderline of conceptual poetry, illustrations, murals, posters and social actions, performing such works as the Missing Gems (2012, for the Warsaw Uprising Museum), Earth (2011). Co-author of the project s.sciec.pl, which operates under the nickname surdabs.
Grzegorz Piwnicki (Forin) is a graphic artist, living and working in Warsaw. Experiment with various media. Creates installations, social projects. Graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (diploma with honors in Prof. Lecha Majewski's Workshop 2011). He has over 90 covers of music albums, works published in Poland and abroad and numerous independent projects.
Nug & UNDOG
A few words of the curator Michał Kubieniec about the installation: "Nug & UNDOG have created an audiovisual installation where NUG is chaotic and expressive as it is customary, while in the background we hear enough aggressive and dynamic electronic music. The whole works only if there are recipients in the middle. What is more, the intensity of sound and images is stronger. In our context of this year's 'City in Crisis?' The work of gentlemen from Sweden is above all a praise of spontaneous action and commitment...
... It's a story about how we need to work together if we want to change, because the more we have, the greater is our strength and energy. This power also involves chaos, but without which radical change would not be possible. This is illustrated by Nuga's vandalism, which is a form of negation of the existing order and aversion to its aesthetics...
Nug, born in 1972, a Swedish artist, studied at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Swedish graffiti pioneer, former member of the Vandals in Motion group. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He is currently considered one of the most important representatives of "post graffiti".
UNDOG is a visual communication studio located in Amsterdam. It focuses on creating campaigns and identities through unconventional experiments within fine arts. Apart from commissioned works, UNDOG develops, manufactures and participates in own projects initiated by art and film. On the border of all media, they try to reach the audience through atypical means.
Maciej Chodziński (born 1981) - lives and works in Warsaw. He works in painting, graphic, video, objects and installation. An originator and co-creator of Krecha's independent art magazine. Project creator: They should not be born or Earthworks, which he realizes with Maciek Salamon. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts (2008) and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Gdansk (2005).
Maciej Salamon (born 1984), formerly a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, today teaches in the department of the intermediation. Graphic designer, illustrator, creator of mural and screen prints. Singer and songwriter in the band Shit. Vocalist and guitarist of the necropolis duo Gravestones. A member of the Krecha artistic group publishing the periodical of the same name. He manages the Galeria Gablotka factory in Gdansk Shipyard. Good boy.