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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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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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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?
Kurzgesagt

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?
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Shine Heroes

Shine Heroes

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There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them.

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Japanese Crossword

Japanese Crossword

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Which photographs deserve to be presented to the outside world and which should be left out? Is a positive always more important than a negative?
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Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard

Oasis: In Our Quarantine Yard

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Irmina Walczak’s series was created during the 95 days that her family was confined in the Spanish countryside, the place where the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic took them by surprise.
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 Butterflies

Butterflies

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In “Butterflies”, Silvia Pogoda guides viewers through the different stages of experiencing and perceiving the life cycle: youth, maturity and old age.
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What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
Kurzgesagt

What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry and pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.
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The Bay

The Bay

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The point of departure for Sława Harasymowicz’s exhibition is a tragedy that took place in the closing days of World War II, in Neustadt Bay, near Lübeck. Prisoners evacuated from the Neuengamme concentration camp lost their lives in the bombardment of three German ships by the RAF; among those who perished was the artist’s great-uncle, Marian Górkiewicz. The artist undertook years of research to learn the circumstances behind her relative’s death.
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My Name Is Fear

My Name Is Fear

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I was seven years old when I got scared for the first time. I was getting back from school when my friend told me: “Did you know that if you reveal your hair out of your scarf, God will punish you by hanging you from it?”
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Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!
Kurzgesagt

Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

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Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.
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The enigma of the four elements

The enigma of the four elements

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Cristina García Rodero, The enigma of the four elements, 1997
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Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?
Kurzgesagt

Milk: White Poison or Healthy Drink?

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In the last 10 years, milk has become slightly controversial. Some people claim that it’s indispensable, nutritious and crucial for healthy bones, while others tend to say it might cause cancer and lead to premature death. So who is right? And why do we keep drinking it?
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Zero at the Bone

Zero at the Bone

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Balarama Heller’s project “Zero at The Bone” presents an eerie view of primordial, reptilian life in the Everglades. An oft-documented area, Heller’s project is altogether unique: choosing to shoot in the darkness of night, when the outline of the familiar is dimmed, Heller draws on “symbolism and the haptic” to present the relationship between predator and prey as nebulous.
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Loneliness
Kurzgesagt

Loneliness

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Everybody feels lonely sometimes. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?
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Miner’s Kiss

Miner’s Kiss

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The homoeroticism weaved into Przemek Branas’s works shatters the myth of miners being the epitome of machismo and icons of narrowly-understood, brash masculinity.
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The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware
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The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

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Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In this video we explore the origins of consciousness and take a closer look on how unaware things became aware.
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After Hours

After Hours

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In the ongoing series “After Hours”, Sophie Thun uses her body again as a tool to examine and question established concepts. The artist photographs herself in various hotel rooms, which she occupies while doing production work for colleagues realizing their own projects.
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Wormholes Explained – Breaking Spacetime
Kurzgesagt

Wormholes Explained – Breaking Spacetime

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Are wormholes real or are they just magic disguised as physics and maths?