SPATIAL INSTALLATION FOR CZESLAW MILOSZ’S YEAR
designed in 2011| located in CRACOW | designed by MIKOŁAJ IWAŃCZUK, ASIA ŻABIŃSKA, ADAM ŻABIŃSKI | financed by 4P PISARZ/POEZJA/PROZA/PRZESTRZEŃ PUBLICZNA
"Issa is black, deep, with a lazy current, tightly covered with a wicker; its surface is barely visible under the leaves of water lilies, it snakes in the meadows, and the fields, laid out on its gentle slopes on both sides, have a fertile soil. "
The Issa Valley - a piece that served as an inspiration for the presented project is a description of the land of Milosz's childhood, his lost paradise. The world of the Lithuanian province revived in the book closes the last period of the artist's life spent in the quietness of u Boguslawski street in Krakow - it's like the last chapter added to this book. The lush greenery flanking the streets, its unusually calm and sleepy character brings to mind the lazy flow of the river. The surface of water seeping between the branches and leaves reflects the world that stretches over it, but also hides its own invisible microcosm under water. The ribbon spreading over the heads of passers-by is a symbolic reproduction of Milosz’s Issa, the red canvas repeating the soft shapes of the river current. The river is stability in variability, a vibrant surface full of reflections and distortions. Poetry, like the river, creates reflections from everyday life.
Inspired by the world created in the book "Issa valley", the imaginary river was conceived, raised above u Boguslawski street in the form of a ribbon. Not coincidently, its color is different from the one that human eye is used to. Red symbolizes otherness, uncommonness, vitality - it's the color that attracts and alerts. Discreetly stretched between the trees, the fabric, reacting to the movement of the wind, changing color under the influence of rain, gathering in its interior fallen leaves, most fully captures the elusive beauty of this quiet street.