100 × 100 Faces of Mokotow

The artistic and animation project organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of a community of Mokotów District in Warsaw. 100 × 100 Faces of Mokotow is a dozen of actions, happenings, exhibitions and meetings with the artist, initiator of the project, Eugeniusz Małkowski.

The main goal of the project was a cultural education, such as the promotion of art, awakening aesthetic sensitivity, animation culture: participation, acting towards the locality and identity of the place.

The medium ? a painting canvas ? a space of a size (20x20cm) was used to achieve that aim. That canvas of painting became a platform of reflection and creation. At one huge painted canvas with unusual size (2×2 meters) there were a hundred of that artistic ideas, which were enriched by the creative expression of the artist, by giving them a symbolic meaning ?faces of Mokotow District?.

Culture Centre ?Kadr? during those activities, joined to a debate on the social participation in the art, verified its causative power. For 9 months a series of the actions took place both in educational institution (schools, clubs etc.) as well as in public institutions and during periodical events. All social groups at every age took part in that project. In total it was almost 6.000 participants!. The primary goal of the project ? the activation of Mokotow Community was achieved by using the animation and artistic actions. Project helped us to gather a microhistory and build an emotional map of Służewiec.

The results of that work will be used to write a new strategy of the actions in the new headquarter of the Culture Centre Kadr.

The unusual nature of that project was its scale ? it is rare to invite to the project more than 6.000 people.

Eugeniusz Małkowski ? a professor, a recognized painter, educator and social activist was the author and the initiator and of the project 100×100 Faces of Mokotow District. That project has become the crowning achievement of his career, a kind of an epitaph for the artist ? at the end of its realization Eugeniusz Małkowski passed away, but he left an example of how the art can easily engage our daily life.

The project was carried out between February 2016 and September 2016.

District Office of Mokotow was a sponsor of that project.

The author of the concept: Eugeniusz Małkowski.

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