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Garden Cult Triennale, Chapter I: Sopot, Poland

Hidden in the Northern grounds of Poland, the region known for its humid and salty air; amongst Scorpion Grass, Nettles and Lilies of the Valley, we are gently hosting the first edition of Garden Cult Triennale. The post-rain, moist soil releases petrichor, its characteristic earthy scent.

We press our fingers deep into the ground to catch the moving roots of the big Lilac standing in the center of the garden. The wet grass whips ankles heavily, leaving bruises on the skin, nettle rush is spreading thru our bodies as the warm feeling reaches the neck. We can clearly hear Burgundy snails slowly scraping up new holes in the leaves of the eighty year old apple trees standing behind us. Droplets of dew and sweat on the upper lip are our only nourishment these days. The garden is inhabited by representations of creatures, animal-like beings that peer at us from between the blades of grass. Their eyes, size and textures of their bodies vary; some of them resemble reptiles, others spread like fungal networks. They surround us as we slowly kneel down on their territory. Shiny and slick surfaces of the bones hidden in the shadows make us feel weak, our limbs suddenly go numb. We silently slip on the ground, calmly and peacefully, being caught by the thick layer of wild strawberries. It is known for both – us and them, that we will never leave the hortus conclusus. Seeds hidden under our fingernails start to put down roots and the colourful slimy glazing starts covering our chests. As we change our shells the creatures look at us kindly. 

1.5.20 — 18.6.20

Trin Alt, Alex Djidjewdjew, Zuza Golińska, Gosia Golińska, Bernhard Holaschke, Julia Jachowicz, Wanda Noetzel

Photo by Maja Tybel

Text by Zuza Golińska

Logo by Bernhard Holaschke

Garden Art Triennale

'A Trip to Cockaigne' by Johanna Härkönen & Eetu Sihvonen at Titanik, Turku

'OLYMPIC HOPES' by Nikolay Georgiev at Spas Setun, Moscow

'The rain of chrysanthemums rotted into hay' by Timur Aloev at Holešovická Šachta

'Bucolic Gang' by Mónica Mays at Rupert, Vilnius

'The Chase' by Jürgen Baumann at Material, Zurich

'The Host' by Pakui Hardware at eastcontemporary, Milan

'Chlamydomonas Nivalis' by Alberto Tadiello at Umberto Di Marino Gallery, Napoli

'The Centre' by Patrick Cole and Dominic Watson at Kupfer, London

'Ghost Member: Prosthesis/ Symbiosis as a shelter' by Naomi Maury at L'Assaut de

'I show you the signs of life' by Alina Izmaylova at Kerka gallery, Saint-Petersb

'I Don't Want No Trouble' by Lucas Erin at All Stars, Lausanne

'The Grime and the Schmutz' by Béla Feldberg at Jo-Anne, Frankfurt am Main

'Night of Hinnā' by Monia Ben Hamouda at Bungalow, ChertLüdde, Berlin

'Getting Down to Business' by Rebecca Rothenborg at Galerie Roland Puschitz, Vien

'Why Me?' by Pietro Agostoni at Associazione Barriera, Turin

'Holloway - ‘Das Gift’ is a Gift' by Céline Struger at Loggia, Vienna

'Under the Moon' Group Show at Camp Eternal Hell Chamber, New York

'SUPER-NATURAL', Group Show at OLHÃO, São Paulo

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