The exhibition my gallery is an idea. galeria adres archive reconstructs the history of Galeria Adres, the independent artistic institution run by Ewa Partum between 1972 and 1977 in Łódź. Galeria Adres collaborated with Krzysztof Wodiczko, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Dick Higgins, Richard Kostelanetz, Jochen Gerz, Endre Tót, Ben Vautier, Eric Andersen, among other artists. It formed part of an international artistic network that ran across the cold war East-West division and functioned beyond official communication channels. Materials gathered in the Archive of Galeria Adres is presented in its entirety for the first time since 1977. The exhibition also features Ewa Partum’s works from the collection of Galeria Studio in Warsaw and the artist’s intervention, created specifically for this occasion, which refers to the International Film Festival organised by Galeria Adres in 1977.
The exhibition forms a kind of catalogue of contemporary methods of collective work, developed mostly by artists in their thirties. Among them, there are collectives formed for a specific purpose, groups adapting the formula of music bands, others referring to the models of work found mostly in business or those connecting people professionally involved in various fields.
Free Gestures is an encounter between choreography, literature, and the format of an exhibition. The title of the exhibition includes a double meaning that only comes across in the original Polish, Wolne Gesty. Wolne comes from wolność, which means freedom, while powolność is slowness. If we refer to the slowness of gestures then perhaps we can see the dance in it.