On February 8 2019 I attended the opening of the exhibition 'Washi no fushigi. The mystery of paper' in Kraków. I wanted to be present, because the three Krakówian artists - Ewa Rosiek-Buszko, Marta Bożyk and Małgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana - had all participated in the Mino Washi Artist in Residence. Most of you already know that I was so fortunate to having been a participant of the same program in 2013 (Mino AiR Blog).
On top of that, my friends from Mino AiR would come to Kraków to hold the opening speech. A trip to Poland to meet my Japanese friends, and meeting the three Krakówian artists for the first time was an easy choice to be made. The artworks surpassed my expectations. Ewa Rosiek-Buszko, Marta Bożyk and Małgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana have used the Mino washi paper all in a very unique and intrinsic way. Their love for Mino washi paper is apparent in how they use the amazing qualities of the paper which is clearly part of their works.
The opening was well-visited, it was really overwhelming! Later that evening visitors could make their own Mino washi paper lantern during a workshop. Niespodziewana's work really appealed to me, because she also uses pigments on paper and I find the playfulness in her work very endearing. I had the chance to talk with her and she introduced me to Ewa Rosiek-Buszko. My new friend Estera Mrówka who studies at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, introduced me to Marta Boży. It was such a pleasure to meet with all three artists.
But this wasn't the end of the story: I saw a young man who seemed familiar but knew for sure that we had never spoken before. After half an hour I remembered and hesitatingly asked him if he perhaps had send me an e-mail in 2018 to ask information about this artist in residence. He was quick to remember and told me it was in fact about the Itsukaichi Artist in Residence in Japan that he had asked information about. His name is Adam Soroczyński. And, he told me had been selected for that residency and went there the Autumn of 2018. What a wonderful story!
More information about the exhibition:
Period: Until March 31 2019
Where: Manggha Museum, ul. M. Konopnickiej 26, 30-302 Kraków