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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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Culture in Crisis
Culture in Crisis
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In times of crisis, painters and writers have channelled anxious expression through their art. What might this reveal about our present state of precarity?

Enis Yucekoralp

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Healing Exercises from Tibet
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Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness.

Dominika Bok

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Inhuman Slaughter
Inhuman Slaughter
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History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Is War Natural?
Is War Natural?
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While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Animal Persons
Animal Persons
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Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Berenika Steinberg

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The Most Famous Celts in the World
The Most Famous Celts in the World
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The French comic book series starring Asterix and Obelix is well-known across the world. What do these two Gallic villagers represent?

Maciej Świetlik

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All the Queen’s Agents
All the Queen’s Agents
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British soft power – as expressed through the likes of James Bond and the Queen – has led to the United Kingdom’s language and culture conquering the world.

Piotr Żelazny

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The Forest Broadcast
The Forest Broadcast
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Spring is the best season in which to hear the chorus of birdsong that emerges from nature – in forests, meadows and urban parks.

Adam Zbyryt

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Garden Greens
Garden Greens
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Spring is the perfect time to pick the leaves of nettle, starwort, dandelion, common yarrow and sheep’s sorrel.

Jakub Bas

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A Note of Nature
A Note of Nature
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Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change.

Wioleta Żochowska

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The Nature of Things
The Nature of Things
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Humans are the only living beings who are aware of the transcience of life. We are bound to accept this fact with total vulnerability. How can the transient nature of our personality be acknowledged in an individualist society?

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The Exchange #2
The Exchange #2
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Chloé Milos Azzopardi’s work sits at the intersection between documentary and poetic photography. Her images collect moments of surreal intimacy, fragments of reality that happen in her day-to-day life and that she minutely captures and transforms, making them her own.

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Mother’s Therapy
Mother’s Therapy
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Mathias de Lattre developed an interest in natural psychedelics, in particular psilocybin mushrooms. For ten years, he had the intuition that they might constitute an alternative to the psychiatric treatment of his mother.

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Yaya
Yaya
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In her photographic practice, Hailun Luo focuses with dedication and empathy on various subjects, but most of all on people who, in posing, become the co-creators and protagonists of her stories.

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Professor Filutek, part 33
Professor Filutek, part 33
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A decibel duel.

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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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Professor Filutek, part 20
Professor Filutek, part 20
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Defying gravity.

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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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Professor Filutek, part 10
Professor Filutek, part 10
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The beginning of Spring?

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Professor Filutek, part 8
Professor Filutek, part 8
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Getting by in the Winter.

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