Janek Simon

CFO, Szalona Galeria (Poland)

Janek Simon (born 1977) is a conceptual artist and an occasional curator based in Warsaw. His main source of inspiration is curiosity. On a more conrete level he is inspired by travel, history of science and political ideas, and the practice and ethics of the DIY culture, always filtering the theories through his personal experience though. In recent years he developed a body of work investigating notions of distance and difference between places, working on projects that try to remap semi-peripharial position of Eastern Europe through geographical experiments. His works was shown, among others, at Manifesta 7, Liverpool Biennale, Prague Biennale, and numerous solo shows in major public art institutions in Poland and elsewhere (Arnolfini Bristol, Casino Luxembourg, Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and others).

Szalona Galeria - Artist organised response to the rightwing turn

I will talk about an event I coorganized in the summer of 2016. With a group of friends we toured small towns and villages with a mobile contemporary culture center. It included an art exhibition, a mobile cinema and a library. The project was organized without support of any state run institutions and funded through a crowdfunding campaing.