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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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"Smog Wars"
Mind the climate

"Smog Wars"

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Here is a documentary about Poland's smog problem and the country's efforts to tackle it, directed by Jonathan L. Ramsey and produced by Michał Konopa.
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A whale in Warsaw? Impossible! And yet here it is!

A whale in Warsaw? Impossible! And yet here it is!

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It was supposed to be a regular day for those living in the Polish capital, Warsaw. However, at dawn a whale appeared. Watch a trailer of a documentary on the events of this day.
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Christmas wafers

Christmas wafers

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Bownik’s project violates the taboo, using the Christmas wafer as just a regular canvas for his drawings. Through the process of re-scaling, his work shows how cult objects transform into a completely new matter that loses its original context.
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Nimfea

Nimfea

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The series of seven collages – created by Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk as part of the Hungarian residency programme organized by the Viennese gallery Krinzinger Projekte – is part of a larger artistic project by Sobczyk, titled “Nimfea”. The key to understanding and reading these works is the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious and peculiar medieval scripts.
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Paris Photo 2019

Paris Photo 2019

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Paris Photo is the most important art fair dedicated entirely to photography. The event attracts thousands of visitors as well as hundreds of galleries and artists. We present you with our selection of photos from this year’s 23rd edition of the Paris photography fair.

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It Should Be OK.

It Should Be OK.

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Young people occupy an extraordinary place in the history of Września. They were the heroes of the Września children strike that later became a symbol of young people’s struggle for freedom – of the individual and the nation alike. Almost 120 years after those events took place, photographer Zuza Krajewska was invited to create this year’s edition of the Września Collection project. The artist decided to take a closer look at the contemporary generation of young Poles from Września.
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Lola van der W.

Lola van der W.

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Wojtek Wieteska is trying to understand the psychology of the portrayed girl by playing with the reproduction that he ‘takes’ on real trips around the world. He exercises the capacity of van der Weyden’s image, designing new ‘versions’ of the model and, by extension, her personality.
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Heliography

Heliography

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In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre's new body of works, the photographer abandons oneof his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis ofCartier Bressons's concept of "decisive moment".
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Colours of Lost Time

Colours of Lost Time

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Bownik’s vision takes the intense, saturated hues of a bird’s plumage and has them disperse, turning them into a buzzing phantom of spectroscopic dimensions. These extinct creatures come back to life in the form of a mysterious spectrum that casts shade.
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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

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All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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Lumberjacks

Lumberjacks

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Up until the mid-19th century, only Native Americans living in the area knew about the existence of Californian sequoias. In 1852, hunter Augustus T. Dowd came across 92 huge specimens. Speculators immediately became interested in the Calaveras County sequoias. The first of them, dubbed the “Giant Tree”, was cut down on 27th June 1853.
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The Internets

The Internets

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The internet, despite being widely available, remains elusive as a virtual entity. Its visualization (what we know as ‘the internet’) is a collection of blue images, implicating digital modernity. Underneath those notions, however, hide the addresses of companies that provide services and management of the internet.
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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

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Fokas boldly strips his model-friends down in front of the lens; yet, their poses are far from sexualized. A physical and spatial tension unfolds, as playful and surreal corporeal formations engage in a choreographic interplay of attraction, seduction, detachment, and resistance. Flirting with autonomy and vulnerability, his subjects are often witnessed as being in distress.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

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We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

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An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

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Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? ♫

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“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda.
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Too Much Love ♫
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Too Much Love ♫

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A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw.
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫
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Watercolours Under a Spacesuit ♫

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The Space Race was a secretive time for the Soviets. So secretive, that the cosmic spacecraft watercolours painted by the Russian architect Galina Balashova have been completely forgotten. Written by Konstanty Usenko.
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫
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The Quest for Coloured Glass ♫

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A childhood memory of coloured glass leads our writer to reflect on the nostalgic attachment to places, and the existential alienation of non-places. Written by Tomasz Stawiszyński.