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What's On > As You Change So Do I: Watra by Karolina Lebek

The Storefront

Start date: Thursday 22nd February, 2018
Finish date: Sunday 25th March, 2018
Days of week: Thursday (13:00 - 18:00),
Friday (13:00 - 18:00),
Saturday (13:00 - 18:00),
Sunday (13:00 - 18:00),
Cost: Free
Booking information: Drop in, no need to book.

As You Change, So Do I and Departure Lounge present

Storefront is launching its Spring 2018 project programme with a new installation, by Polish artist Karolina Lebek, merging sound, video, photography and sculpture.
Lebek's work explores her Lemko heritage, investigating themes of migration, displacement and assimilation informed by experiences of the Lemko community. The Lemko community is an ethnic minority forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland in the Carpathian Mountains in a series of violent deportations, culminating in Operation Vistula in 1947.
Karolina Lebek has lived and worked in Luton for many years and graduated from the University of Bedfordshire, before studying at the Royal College of Art. The issues of migration and assimilation explored with this exhibition are particularly pertinent in Luton which is one of three “plural” towns and cities outside London (Luton, Leicester, Slough) where no single ethnic group makes up more than half the population.
This new work takes inspiration from the ‘watra’ (a large bonfire), built to evoke memories of things past, or to revive a sense of community. The name also belongs to the biggest Lemko festival in the world, held in the Carpathian Mountains. This annual event is a blend of old traditions and modern forms of recreation, where the stage is a meeting place and music the foundation.
Closing event
Join us on Saturday 24 March at 7pm to witness the exhibition in its final and completed stage. Additionally as part of their ongoing collaborative practice Karolina Lebek and Glasgow-based Scottish artist Susannah Stark will perform a live audio-visual set expanding on the themes.
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