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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Watch the Documentary “The Whale”!
The Whale

Watch the Documentary “The Whale”!

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Watch the award-winning documentary “The Whale” by debutant director Iza Pająk about some strange events that took place in Warsaw in December 2017. The film was produced by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation. Enjoy!
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A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

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We invite you to watch an animation about Janina Ipohorska, one of the post-war pioneers of “Przekrój”, who for years was the deputy of editor-in-chief Marian Eile. The video was created for the occasion of our 75th birthday. Enjoy!
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Brackish Tears

Brackish Tears

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In his work, Santanu Dey deals with the topic of the Marichjhapi massacre. In an effort to trace the entire structure of violence related to migration and displacement, the artist goes back to the “Mahabharata”, an ancient Hindu epic.
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Sankt Anna

Sankt Anna

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A Silesian treasure, a panorama of the region, an extinct volcano, a sacred place for Catholics, the territory of an uprising, a performance space. One could go on for a long time listing the faces and nuances of St Anne’s Mountain. Its namesake, Anna Orłowska, weaves intimate and familial threads into her complex story.
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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
Kurzgesagt

The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage

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A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.

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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument
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Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument

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In future, it might become possible to simulate entire universes. But if this an option, how can we know that it’s not already happened?
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What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale
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What Do Alien Civilizations Look Like? The Kardashev Scale

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The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our home galaxy. In the milky way alone scientists assume there are some 40 billion earth like planets in the habitable zone of their stars. When we look at these numbers it is hard to imagine that there is nobody else out there.
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What Is Life? Is Death Real?
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What Is Life? Is Death Real?

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So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together.
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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
Kurzgesagt

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

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Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.
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White Balance

White Balance

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“White Balance” by Witek Orski, seeks to expose, by way of the senses, that there is no such thing as a single shade of white, a single model that could be set in contrast to that which is considered by the majority as ‘the other’.
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Felix Culpa

Felix Culpa

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“Felix Culpa” is a series of personal collages by Jagoda Valkov. In her works, the artist combines photographs from her family archive and albums belonging to other members of the Families of Nazareth Movement (within which Valkov was raised) with contemporary symbolic graphics. Here we have processed memories of adolescence and 13 years of life within a religious organization.
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The aquarium

The aquarium

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Jean Gaumy, "The aquarium", 1987, New York City, Coney Island, USA
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From Eye to Bone

From Eye to Bone

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Bartosz Wajer’s works in the “From Eye to Bone” series are photographs from erotic portals that are rephotographed without the standard use of a lens. The artist instead employing the exposed matrix of a digital camera, a handheld lens, and manual manipulation. Utilizing the equipment against the rules of ‘proper’ photography seems to be a cognitively effective technique. By stripping erotic content of the conventions of titillating imagery, one discovers its comic and, at the same time, disturbing nature.
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WAHALA

WAHALA

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The work “WAHALA” addresses the problem of unbridled economic growth and the related ecological concerns. It asks what is driving the world and for how long.
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Different Faces, Different Places

Different Faces, Different Places

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The protagonist of the exhibition “Different Faces, Different Places” is Tomasz Machciński (b. 1942, lives in Kalisz, Poland), the author of a monumental performance, which has continued uninterrupted since 1966, consisting of more than 22,000 fictional or appropriated identities recorded in photographic self-portraits.
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Corona Rhapsody

Corona Rhapsody

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In the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Freddy Mercury asks: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, we, too, have been confronted with questions about what is actually happening around us and where the border between fantasy and reality lies.
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Jaki mamy budżet? – ‘Where’s the Money?’

Jaki mamy budżet? – ‘Where’s the Money?’

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The state of limited production resources has so deeply shaped our consciousness that virtually any conversation about money is extremely awkward. Ada Zielińska uses her position as an artist adept at navigating the field of art to critically scrutinize the system and its conditions while at the same time empathizing with her co-participants.
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A Lair

A Lair

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In his new series, Tomasz Kawecki weaves an intimate narrative about the spirits and ghosts inhabiting his childhood home and the nearby forest.
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Embodying Kinshasa

Embodying Kinshasa

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On the streets of Kinshasa – the third biggest city on the African continent – artists are raising awareness among citizens about the challenges the Congolese capital city is facing.
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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?

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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. Should we be worried?