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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!

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

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Friday, 9th December 2017, was supposed to be a regular day for those living in the Polish capital, Warsaw. However, at dawn a whale appears.

This creature – which is huge, motionless and smells of the ocean – is lying next to a bridge on a sandy Vistula shore in the centre of the city. Scientists are bustling about around it. People ask: Is it real? How on Earth did it get here? Is it possible to save it? What has happened to nature? As time passes by, it turns out that the whale is actually a sculpture by the Belgian collective Captain Boomer, which was brought to Warsaw by the Polish quarterly “Przekrój”. A sculpture that raises questions.

Watch a trailer of The Whale documentary and read more about the events of that day here.

 

Written and directed by Izabela Pająk

Director of Photography Józefina Gocman