I like walking, but I avoid concrete and asphalt. My favourite paths are the wild and unplanned ones, full of stones and roots sticking out or streams cutting through them. The existing terrain has influenced my works as much as I have myself. I have tried to create a synthesis of the body and physically experienced landscape. Natural space is constantly shredded and restricted by human activities. Not only animals and plants are denied access to living space. The degraded environment affects us, and we learn it the hard way. However, my work is not an intrusive criticism of anthropocentrism. I suggest walking as a ritual that allows you to reach the natural perspective of your own body and then tune it to the ground, that is, to that part of nature with which we are in direct physical contact while walking.
Mikołaj Szpaczyński (PL), born in 1989 in Katowice. He works with painting, films and objects. In 2016 he received a distinction in the Young Wolves festival. He’s an author of solo exhibitions: A Stone’s Throw (The Dwie Lewe Ręce Gallery, Katowice, 2013) and All Roads Lead Sideways (The Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, 2015). He participated in group exhibitions: Keep Both Feet on the Ground (BWA Katowice, BWA Tarnów; 2015), Finger in the eye (The Gallery of Action, Warsaw, 2015), Phantom (BWA Katowice, 2016), No Problem (The Potencja Gallery, Cracow, 2017), Body Weight (The Obrońców Stalingradu 17 art space, Szczecin, 2018).