The main focus of Szymon Adamczak‘s project was to present the performance “An Ongoing Song” across artistic institutions in Poland. The creation of this work confirms a new chapter in his artistic trajectory which started at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam, namely to develop his practice of writing and performance-making and to embed it in the field of HIV/AIDS cultural production.This opportunity as a maker among a professional audience provided him the space to share the complex conversation about ongoing infections with HIV. He worked together with the Polish spatial designer Pawel Szubert and the American choreographer Billy Mullaney. Adamczak also participated in the exhibition Creative Sick States, which opened in Arsenal Gallery in Poznan in November, for which he developed a new body of work specifically related to HIV/AIDS in Poland.
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All in all, I must admit that thanks to the mobility support I had achieved and surpassed the estimated objectives. My performance “An Ongoing Song” has been presented in four cities (Bydgoszcz, Warszawa, Poznań, Kraków) eight times, gathering critical acclaim, large media attention and even an award. I was given a Jury award at the ITSelF Festival in Warsaw, that has been one of the crucial partners in my application. The tour of the performance was enriched with the conversation with audiences after most of the presentations.
The second objective of my mobility was to participate in the research exhibition “Creative Sick States: HIV, AIDS, Cancer” in Gallery Arsenał in Poznań. I find this opportunity especially valid in terms of my practice. I had been for the very first presented in such context and was able to forge new relationships with curators and artists invited to create this important presentation.