Karolina Grzywnowicz

In the Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, recently taken over by the Polish right-wing government, the artist Karolina Grzywnowicz carried out a diversionary action. During the official guided tour, the artist took a stand on the humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border and, condemning the government’s actions, called for solidarity with refugees – desperate victims of the disgusting power play between two regimes. Together with the participants of the guided tour, Grzywnowicz hung a banner on her installation as a sign of protest. Then, she published on social media a statement:
“Today, the Ujazdowski – Centre for Contemporary Art officially joined the protest of institutions, cultural organisations and artistic circles against the heinous actions of the Polish government on the Polish-Belarusian border. 
We oppose the dehumanising practices against people in a refugee situation who, fleeing war and violence, are seeking safety and protection in Europe. We demand an immediate end to torture at the border and to illegal pushbacks. We call for the immediate admission of humanitarian aid, medics, independent observers and journalists to the zone under state of emergency. We demand respect for human rights, the Geneva Convention and the Polish constitution. We call for the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors. 
No human is illegal.” 
The mass reposting of this statement by art critics, artists, curators and journalists, who congratulated the CCA for finally taking the right stance, forced the directors to react. After 5 days, the management of the Ujazdowski issued a statement in which they denied joining the protest and dissociated themselves from its demands.