The second instalment of the Polish-Ukrainian project is a story about an attempt to jointly build a new and better future in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Ukraine-based visual artists and curators Yulia Krivich and Anita Nemet have once again invited Polish and Ukrainian artists and female artists to consider what tools are available in the artistic ‘arsenal’ to create a new future. The exhibition Dear Future, presented in January 2023 in the public spaces of Warsaw, moves to Bielsko-Biała.

Yulia Krivich:
For us Ukrainians, the future remains uncertain as long as the Russian invasion continues. Any curatorial or artistic practice fades in the face of shelling, torture, mass deportations and countless war crimes. When we opened the first edition of the exhibition on the streets of Warsaw in January 2023, turning to the future was a therapeutic gesture. A year and a half after the invasion, the initial shock was followed by a phase of cruel ‘normalisation’ of the war situation. The first reconstruction practices and reflections on the future of the country, the region and Europe emerged.

In the exhibition at Galeria Bielska BWA, we are writing a ‘letter to the future’, presenting statements from artists, architects and volunteers from Ukraine and Poland. Their attitudes and practices present different strategies for long-term reconstruction and relief. They address issues of migration, ecology, decolonization practices and collective care. We consider what tools are available in the artistic ‘arsenal’ to create a new future.

Full curatorial text to read or download below.

Artists participating in the exhibition: Livyj Bereh, Pamela BożekBRDA FoundationAlicja Czyczelfantastic little splash, Nazar FurykDanylo HalkinMaria MatiashovaMałgorzata MycekMarta RomankivAnna SydorenkoWeronika Zalewska.

“Dear Future vol. 2”, 24.11.2023 – 25.02.2024
Galeria Bielska BWA, Sixt’s Villa, Bielsko-Biała, ul. Adama Mickiewicza 24
Opening on Friday 24 November 2023:

– opening at 6 pm
– performance by Alicja Czyczel “Soak up the light” at 7 p.m.  



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– Curated tour by Yulia Krivich in Polish, 25 November 2023, 15:00, Sixt’s Villa, free admission.

Yulia Krivich's curatorial text (pdf or doc)