We are a group of artist-activists who met at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Each of us develops individual projects but we are united by friendship and a need to create socially engaged art. Our works deal with identity, history, memory, gender, feminism and ecology. We believe in sisterhood and reality-changing quality of art.
We believe that art has the power to make things happen, it can inspire reflection, give support, heal, and most importantly, generate new ideas and start revolutions.
Community and solidarity are not only the theme of our works, but also a tool, because each project uses the community-creating aspect of singing and listening. We use “voice” and “words” as the matter we work with. Most often we choose well-known songs: patriotic songs, national anthems or pop hits. We transform them in a way that preserves the rhythm and melody while changing the message. We have changed traditional songs about war into pacifist manifestos, stanzas about broken hearts into lyrics about climate catastrophe, and the Polish anthem into an appeal to save the planet.
Singing well-known songs together has an incredible potential – we take advantage of nostalgic attachment to old melodies, capture capital from mainstream or national culture, and exploit its carrying power. At the same time, we care about the critical aspect and analysis of the materials, which is why we organize discussions and workshops on critical reading of traditional texts, during which we talk about the texts and work on them together. Our work relies on the initiative of the participants. We make all our materials available for download or as playlists on the Internet, on our YouTube channel.
Read about us on Secondary Archive, a platform dedicated to Central- and Eastern-European female artists
Julia Golachowska (1992), a graduate of Nationalism Studies at the Central European University and Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw and Etudes Slaves at the Sorbonne (her MA thesis won the first prize in the Jan Józef Lipski competition). She prepared the 1st degree diploma in the Public Domain Art Studio of prof. Krzysztof Wodiczko (diploma with honors). Her texts have been published in Res Publica Nova, Gazeta Wyborcza and Wysokie Obcasy. Participated, among others in exhibitions at BWA Tarnów, Studio Gallery, Wola Museum, and Labirynt Gallery. The winner of the video competition “How is it?” organized by Galeria Labirynt (together with Jonasz Chlebowski and Barbara Gryka).
W swojej aktywności artystycznej wykorzystuję przede wszystkim sztukę video oraz performens. Jestem artystką i kulturoznawczynią, pracę teoretyczną i publicystyczną traktuję równorzędnie z twórczością artystyczną. Identyfikuję się jako kobieta i feministka. Zajmuję się rolą ofiary w kulturze, znaczeniem płci i klasy dla konstrukcji i miejsca w pamięci społecznej.
Anna Shimomura (1992) is a graduate of Miroslaw Balka Studio of Spatial Activities (2019), Krzysztof Wodiczko Studio of Public Art (2017) at Media Art Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and English Studies at the University of Warsaw (2019). In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Hestia Artistic Journey Award. Currently a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Technology’s (MEXT) scholarship at Kyoto City University of Arts. Her socially engaged works explore the physical or imaginary spaces of cultural crossing: borderlands, migration, nationalism and (post)colonialism.
Jagoda Kwiatkowska (1991) graduated from Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts. She received a 1st degree diploma in the Audiovisual Space studio of Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski. A graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw.
She cooperated with institutions such as: Teatr Rozmaitości, Teatr Powszechny, Magazyn Szum, and Galeria Fibak.
Her works have been exhibited at the Fort Institute of Photography, Bwa Jelenia Góra, Galeria Labirynt, Gdańsk City Gallery, BWA Tarnów, Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin – Inspirations Festival, Gallery of One Image, Lublin, Otwock studio, Zoom festival – BWA Jelenia Gora, BWA Zielona Gora , luna Warsaw cinema.