Swidno

Where nature and culture become one, decay (en)counters preservation

Mingling with traces of former use – black smuts over the fireplace, floors “dancing” to reflect the wavy vaults of the high cellar ceiling – the Swidno Palace becomes a new habitat for both human and nonhuman creatures. Manmade objects synchronise with the microclimate, turning the architectural structure into their own incubator. Once derelict and abandoned, the villa now hosts the studio's experimentations and long-term observation, both indoors and outside.

Świdno acts as a laboratory for our ideas, a gallery for our works and a platform to grow our foundation.

For us, Swidno’s nature is an endless source of inspiration. Through observing its growth and steady decay, we are constantly pushed towards rethinking the mark we are leaving there with even the most minor interventions. Nature literally acts as a host there, reacting to our presence and the objects we implant there with gentle hostility.

The ‘perishable’ is an inherent part of Marcin Rusak’s work. Here the relevance of his ephemeral sculpture can be seen both as a manifestation of the studio’s ongoing practice, but also as a metaphor for the Polish cultural identity defined by Wyspiański. While the motive of ‘Chocholy’ was, and still remains a symbol of a ‘dormant’ nation in the time of partition, Rusak’s work carries the possibility of awakening through the gradual change and transformation of its perishable material.
The decaying garden of Swidno

The ‘perishable’ is an inherent part of Marcin Rusak’s work.

While discovering the interesting historical layers that are still visible and need to be highlighted in the space through contemporary micro-interventions.

The ‘perishable’ is an inherent part of Marcin Rusak’s work.

For us, Swidno’s nature is an endless source of inspiration. Through observing its growth and steady decay, we are constantly pushed towards rethinking the mark we are leaving there with even the most minor interventions. Nature literally acts as a host there, reacting to our presence and the objects we implant there with gentle hostility.

We always dreamt of a space that could combine both of the worlds: decay versus preservation

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