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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.