When it is hard to find the words, we tell stories.
In “Maiseh”, which is the Yiddish word for tale (מייסע), seven legends are told in the public space. These stories are vehicles to grapple with loss, misfortune, betrayal and broken hearts. They arm us with humor, hope, courage and love. They bring us together.
Between June 25th and July 3rd, artists from Israel, Germany and Poland tell their version of legends from Krakow – in performances, drawings, murals, sound installations, workshops, and letters. Listen to these stories as they unfold in the streets of Kazimierz.
workshop in collaboration with: Bartłomiej Bryl, Lolita Igorivna Wrzeczyńska
A treasure is carried by the waters. Bearing the sediments of the lands they flow through, rivers are archives. They have stories to tell, they connect people across borders. In celebration of the unity of sweet water, our stories are collected on the banks of the Vistula, and eventually passed on by its stream.
In 1939, the most valuable treasures of the Wawel Royal Castle were put on a wooden boat and sent onto the Vistula river to save them. A pillar was brought down the Vistula river all the way from the Jerusalem Temple to the Old Synagogue in Krakow.
Workshop on the boat
Sat. 25.06. – Sun. 26.06. – 13:00 – 20:00
Mon. 27.06. – Fri. 01.07. – 16:00 – 20:00
Sat. 02.07. 13:00 – 20:00
Sun. 03.07. – 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30
(12 participants in each session)
This project is co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the Goethe Institute
Cecylia Malik is a painter, visual artist and environmental activist from Krakow, Poland. She combines art and activism, caring for the effectiveness of her actions. Together with experts from various fields, she organizes protests, happenings and art projects in the public space. Cecylia is co-creator of “Modraszek Kolektyw”, an action to defend Krakow’s water reservoir Zakrzówek, and “Aquatic Critical Mass”, a cyclical event on the Vistula. She co-founded the CCA Wiewiórka association and initiated the campaign “Polish Mothers on Tree Stumps”. She belongs to the Save the Rivers Coalition and is the author and leader of the nationwide social campaign “River Sisters”. Cecylia received various awards for her work.
Maiseh was created especially for the 31st Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow
Curatorial team: Yael Sherill, Lianne Mol & Julia Kawka – Curatorial Collective for Public Art / Berlin, Meydad Eliyahu – HaMiffal / Jerusalem, Paweł Kowalewski – Jewish Culture Festival / Kraków