Cecylia Malik, High Waters

participatory installation & performance , in collaboration with: Bartłomiej Bryl, Lolita Igorivna Wrzeczyńska, Roman Shishkin, Qafar Rzayev

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.

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.

www.cecyliamalik.pl

fot. Michał Ramus
fot. Michał Ramus
fot. Michał Ramus
fot. Michał Ramus

zdjęcie: Michał Ramus
video: Julia Kawka