tuesday, 18 june Open 12 — 19
Municipal Gallery Arsenał

ul. Szyperska 2/6-8, 61-754 Poznań
T. +48 61 852 95 02
E. arsenal@arsenal.art.pl

Opening hours:

Poniedziałek: nieczynne
Wtorek – Sobota: 12 — 19
Niedziela: 12 — 16

When the State Turns a Blind Eye…
sensual workshop
13.06.2024, g. 17.30

We extend an invitation to a sensual workshop titled When the State Turns a Blind Eye, held by Bartek Lis and Magdalena Skowrońska. During the meeting, we will go beyond the sight-centred reception of art and through collaboration open up to a new form of experiencing artworks. Instead of looking, we will focus on intense listening, tactile experience and body movement. We will simply be practising experimenting!

This time, the workshop will refer to the ongoing exhibition of Luz Marίi Sánchez, and our meeting will provide an opportunity to talk about power and oppression, personal and collective memory, disaster and forms of loss, and about what is common to us. While practicing, together we will consider solutions that can allow us to transcend the institutional violence which the Mexican artist dedicates so much to.

During the workshop, we will use our bodies to create our own sculptures. The workshop will be loud, tender and, above all, intense!

Anyone over the age of 16 is invited. It is a good idea to come in comfortable clothes, without unnecessary backpacks. You do not need to be artistically competent!

Visually impaired people are especially welcome; we will assist you to get to the workshop from the Gallery’s vicinity. If you need such support, please contact: mateusz.nowacki@arsenal.art.pl or 618529501

First come, first served!


Bartek Lis - cultural animator and educator. A sociologist who continuously talks to people, makes analyses and draws conclusions, which he then tries to incorporate into his animation practice. He is the originator of the project Blind Art, which became a "pandemic" development of the concept of sensual workshops carried out together with Magdalena Skowrońska for five years at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum. The workshops were based on the idea of a non-visual, sensory experience of art, of using it which does not require looking at it. He believes that art can be an interesting pretext for conversations on a wide range of topics, and that coming into contact with it does not have to be an exclusively visual adventure. She understands accessibility, an important aspect of cultural work, as a universal and inclusive category for everyone, regardless of some "lack" or disability.

Magdalena Skowronska - art historian, psychotherapist. Between 2014-2017 curator of the educational programme at the Contemporary Museum Wrocław. Between 2015 and 2017 she collaborated with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław as a lecturer in the Art Mediation course. Since 2014, together with artist Patrycja Mastej, she has been developing and curating interactive exhibitions, including exhibitions from the Self-Service Museum series. Since 2018, she has been part of the design and art duo On Dream, mounting exhibitions dedicated to the multisensory reception of art. Since 2013, she has held integrative sensory workshops with Bartek Lis. In her therapy,  she integrates the psyche and the body.

Subsidised from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.