Exhibition of photography by Agnieszka Kaniewska, Michalina Wojaczek, Gianluca Olcese
Fri–Fri 9 June – 7 July 2017
The Grotowski Institute, CaféTHEA
Opening reception and talk: Friday, 9 June 2017, 20:00
The exhibit will be open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. It will also be on view 30 minutes before our events held in Przejście Żelaźnicze. To find out more, inquire in our Office or CaféTHEA.
‘The world’s largest prison’ and a ‘land of eternal frost’ are some of the phrases that come to mind when we think about the vast expanses of Siberia, the land of incredible diversity. The region’s extraordinary nature is intertwined with history: its stately skyscrapers tower over centuries-old wooden houses adorned with intricate carvings, and the story of forced exile is interlaced with that of the 19th-century voluntary resettlement of peasants who traveled to the East in search of happiness.
Siberia is best viewed as a mosaic of history, geographic discoveries and shamanic beliefs that co-exist with the local Orthodox Church. ‘Diverse Siberia’ is only a snippet, a tiny part of its story. It is a journey along Siberian rugged roads and roadless landscapes in search of the traces of Polish exiles. It includes a shamanic prayer at Buryatia’s Heaven Opening Festival, a meeting with a community of Old Ritualists, and seeing Siberian cities, communities and landscapes with fully open eyes, as Siberia is a land that you need to absorb, accept for what it is. ‘Diverse Siberia’ is also a story about people, as most of all, Siberia is a land of good people.
Agnieszka Kaniewska is a political scientist and Russian studies scholar, a PhD student at the Faculty of History of the University of Wrocław, Poland, and at Tomsk State University, Russia. Agnieszka Kaniewska’s research focuses on Poles in Siberia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since August 2014 she has lived behind the Urals, in the heart of Russia.
Gianluca Olcese has been the chair of the Wrocław branch of the Dante Alighieri Society since 2013. He graduated from the University of Genoa in 2007. He has been a lecturer at the University of Wrocław since 2008, and taught at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, in 2008−2011. Since 2009 Gianluca Olcese has been a PhD student in a join supervision programme of the Faculty of Classical and Contemporary Culture, University of Genoa, and the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wrocław. His area of research is the cult of John the Baptist in Italy and Poland. In 2011, he won the second edition of the Interstudent competition in the doctoral studies category for best foreign student in Poland.
Michalina Wojaczek earned her PhD through a jointly supervised programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wrocław, Poland, and the Scuola di Dottorato di Società, Culture e Territorio, University of Genoa. She was awarded a scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and completed numerous research internships in Italy, including at the Laboratorio Etno-Antropologico in Rocca Grimalda. In September 2013, the Istituto Regionale di Friuli-Venezia Giulia awarded her a scholarship for an internship programme for individuals promoting Italian culture and language. In 2013, she founded the Wrocław branch of the Dante Alighieri Society, where she teaches Italian and is an examiner. She has published on social change in contemporary Italy and on Italian foreign policy.
Organisers: Società Dante Alighieri di Wrocław, CaféTHEA, Instytut Grotowskiego, Uniwersytet Wrocławski